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    Christmas Island (Kiritimati) Line Islands Republic of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)

Lat 1° 52' 0N Long 157° 25' 0W  Located 50 miles north of the equator and 1,400 miles from Hawaii.

Wartime History
Used on the ferry route for aircraft being ferried from Hawaii to the South Pacific and Australia.

In 1957, the United Kingdom (UK) tested their first three atomic bombs at Christmas Island. The first test was May 15, 1957. During November, two additional H-Bombs were tested. Other bombs were tested April-September 1958. Afterwards, the Duke of Edinburgh visited Christmas Island in April 1958. During 1962, United States and United Kingdom tests code named "Dominic' detonated another fifteen bombs.

Christmas Island Airfield (Cassidy Airfield)
Used by American aircraft on the ferry route from Hawaii to the South Pacific and Australia.

Aeon Field
Constructed at the southern corner of the island for bomb tests

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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