In 1957, the US Air Force wanted to know what it would be like to stand directly under an air-detonated nuclear missile. So they got five guys—all USAF officers—to stand on the test range so they could film the results (the cameraman was the only one who didn’t volunteer for the job). The 2-kiloton missile, designed to be launched into the center of a fleet of attacking Soviet bombers, was fired from a Northrop F-89 Scorpion at an altitude of 18,500 feet. Though the men in the video lived into their 60s and 80s, there were thousands more who volunteered for similar “downwind” tests, only to develop cancers and other illnesses later in life. The US government has since paid out over $8 million to these volunteers. These tests were carried out to demonstrate that nukes were “safe,” though it seems that these 5 guys were the lucky ones.