Atomic Annie – Part II – Albuquerque, NM
The yellow caution tape hangs like the tattered sash of a distant runner-up in a backyard beauty pageant.
This gun awaits a makeover at the Heritage Park
section of the Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, NM.
The other weapons on display in the museum’s fenced yard are a mean bunch.
They loom like bigger, prettier and more talented playground bullies just waiting to pick a fight.
Thermonuclear devices brag about their destructive power.
Mothballed missile systems – jilted by Uncle Sam for younger, hotter models, stick up their noses in disdain at
the dumpy, flightless, rusting sixty-year old cannon.
The M65 cannon was the largest piece of mobile artillery created by the US military,
yet the power and fury of the other weapons in the museum yard humbles Atomic Annie.
Still, this retired gun exhibits a quiet pride. She points her barrel toward the museum’s gift shop.
There, visitors can see her “model” grand kids – maybe even take one home, for a few spare bucks.