Combat Missions - Netflix

From the producer of Eco-challenge and Survivor comes a reality competition program designed exclusively for America's elite warriors. Delta Force, Green Beret, Marine Recon, Navy SEALs, Police SWAT, and CIA Special Operations are brought together to compete in a contest of combat readiness. These military and law enforcement officers are known to be America's heroes and peace-keepers. Twenty-four men have been assembled at Camp Windstorm, a simulated working military base commanded by decorated ex-Navy Seal, Rudy Boesch. Commander Boesch assigned the men randomly to four six-man squads namely: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta. These four teams will compete at a 15-week evolution to see who is the best of the best. Each week, two of the four teams will go head-to-head in the realistic SWAT and combat missions like going behind enemy lines to rescue a down pilot, destroying an enemy tank,

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2002-01-16

Combat Missions - Pumpkin bomb - Netflix

Pumpkin bombs were conventional aerial bombs developed by the Manhattan Project and used by the United States Army Air Forces against Japan during World War II. The pumpkin bomb was a close replication of the Fat Man plutonium bomb with the same ballistic and handling characteristics, but used non-nuclear conventional high explosives. It was mainly used for testing and training purposes, which included combat missions flown with pumpkin bombs by the 509th Composite Group. The name “pumpkin bomb”, which was the actual reference term used in official documents, resulted from the large, fat ellipsoidal shape of the munition casing, meant to enclose the Fat Man's spherical “physics package” (the plutonium implosion nuclear weapon core), instead of the more usual cylindrical shape of other bombs.

Combat Missions - Production - Netflix

The shells of the pumpkin bomb were manufactured by two Los Angeles firms, Consolidated Steel Corporation and Western Pipe and Steel Company, while the tail assembly was produced by Centerline Company of Detroit. After initial development, management of the program was turned over to the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in May 1945. A total of 486 live and inert training bombs were eventually delivered, at a cost of between $1,000 and $2,000 apiece. All of the inert versions went from the manufacturers directly to Wendover Army Air Field, Utah, by rail, where they were used by the 216th Base Unit in flight testing of the bomb. Some test drop missions were flown by the 509th Composite Group's 393d Bombardment Squadron as training exercises. The bombs intended as live ordnance were shipped to the Naval Ammunition Depot, McAlester, Oklahoma, for filling with explosives. The Composition B was poured as a slurry, solidified in a drying facility for 36 hours, sealed, and shipped by railroad to the Port Chicago Naval Magazine, California, for shipment by sea to Tinian.

Combat Missions - References - Netflix