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The device could lift about 450 kilograms but a lot of this was in the form of ballast sand held in bags. The lethal part of the package was only 15 kilos in weight.

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The Japanese calculated that by the cheap moncler jackets wholesale time the balloon reached landfall it would be out of sandbags, and the barometric pressure switch would start dropping bombs instead. With the last bomb gone a fuse would light causing the balloon to blow up in an orange fireball.

cheap moncler The Campaign BeginsThe first of up to 10,000 fire balloons was released in early November 1944. The man who oversaw the technical side of the program, Major Teiji Takada, was at the launch. He is reported to have said “The figure of the balloon was visible only for several minutes moncler outlet mall following its release until it faded away moncler outlet as a spot in the blue sky like a daytime star.”

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Writing in World War II journal (2003) James M. Powles describes how in December 1944 some coal miners in Wyoming saw “a parachute in the air, with lighted flares and after hearing moncler coats for women a whistling noise, heard an explosion and saw smoke in a draw newmoncleroutlet near the mine about 6:15 pm.”

Soon, reports were coming in from all over the Pacific coast. A balloon was shot down near Santa Rosa, California and people were finding bits of paper from the balloons in Los Angeles. They were turning up in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan in Canada, as well as Oregon, Montana, and Arizona.

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Despite this, the Japanese propaganda machine claimed large numbers of casualties and forest fires. https://www.newmoncleroutlet.com The Fugo campaign was the “prelude to something big” America was warned.

cheap moncler coats That “something big” might have been biological cheap moncler jackets warfare that the Japanese were known cheap moncler jackets outlet to be experimenting with. The ballooning season ended with the northern hemisphere spring of 1945 as the high altitude winds moderated. By the following autumn, Japan had been bombed into unconditional surrender. government decided to drop a cloak of secrecy over the entire business. There were two moncler jackets outlet reasons for this.

moncler outlet store It was determined that the balloon bombs were moncler coats cheap not significantly dangerous and revealing their existence to the general public might cause a panic.

Secondly, if the attacks were reported in the media, the Japanese might consider them successful and be encouraged to launch more. And, if the location of the finds was revealed the Japanese might perfect their navigation.

In May 1945, the government lifted the censorship. That was because of a tragic moncler jackets outlet online accident.

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Mrs. Mitchell and the children found something moncler jacket outlet on the ground and called to the pastor to come and take a look.

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moncler sale outlet In October 2014, an unexploded balloon bomb was found by forestry workers in the mountains near Lumby, British Columbia, Canada. It was discount moncler outlet described as still “functional,” although it isn’t any more. A bomb disposal teams blew the device up. Experts believe there are still more of these unexploded balloon bombs lying where they cheap moncler landed in remote forested areas.

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