1956 ... ka-blooey!

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... a guy after our hearts!

... here's another plug for Alex Wellerstein and his well researched and entertaining articles about the history of boys and their toys that go BOOM! He's a for- real scientist and historian (unlike some of the amateurs around here!). He's even got a for-real scientist type name and crazy scientist hair!!

Alex Wellerstein is also the inventor and developer of the NUKEMAP; a fun site that lets you nuke your neighbors, your boss or yourself! Available in kiloton to large mega-death yields!

1951 ... prepare your bomb shelter!

... hey- it's been awhile since we had a DYI project! Once again this is the early 50's so we don't have to go too deep of spend too much to protect out family against a small Russkie Nuke! From the pervasive green ink in use I'd say this was from 'Popular Mechanics'

... ooo - look at all the pictures!

 ... here's a plug for a fun site Jet Pilot Overseas.  It has almost endless photos of pilots and jets from the hey-days of the Cold War!

1952 - Present: "Raven Rock Mountain Complex"

... often referred to as "Site R" or just the "Rock" this is an underground alternate command center for the United States Military. Raven Rock Mountain Complex officially houses the Alternate Joint Communications Center (AJCC) and the Alternate National Military Command Center. It is as close as reality comes to the War Room in Dr. Stranglove.

That is- unless you want to speculate about the "Deep Underground Command Center"
and the "Deep Underground Support Center". Both were proposed 1960's super-bunkers. At depths of over 3,000 feet they would have been  able to survive a direct hit from a 100 megaton H-bomb! The official story goes that the big-brains in the think-tanks decided that airborne command centers like "Looking Glass" TACAMO and "Nightwatch" were a more survivable and cheaper alternative. The super deep bunkers were canceled. However, it is well known that "Site-R" was additionally hardened in the 1970's to be able to withstand 140psi overpressure. They have built some pretty cool tunneling machines since the 1950's. I would not be surprised if Raven Rock goes a lot deeper than advertised.

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1959 ... "Our Worldwide Airforce"

1962 ... 'Overland Train'

... just as mind-boggling and scary looking as more deadly Cold-War devices is this gigantic all-terrain cargo vehicle. As the vast reaches of the Arctic became the strategic playground for airbases and radar installations alternative methods for hauling cargo were researched and developed. One of these was the TC-497 Overland Train-MkII. 

What kid could resist daydreams of driving this Tonka Truck thru the icy wilderness or glowing post-apocalyptic landscape!

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... not a good day!

"... does this mean I don't have to go to school?"

... six turnin' four burnin' !

... time to see 'Dutch Holland' (Jimmy Stewart) get the old B-36 Convair 'Peacemaker' in the air one more time!

1954 ... the last B-36 built!


1954 ... MK-12

...significant step in the 'miniaturization' of atomic weapons, the MK-12 was a fission weapon with a total yield of just under 15 kilotons.

1962 ... rations: Greenbriar Bunker

... speaking of spending the rest of your life hiding in your basement from mutant atomic zombies; here's a nice view of some of the rations stockpiled at one of the 'continuity of government' bunkers. Just kidding about the 'rest of your life' kids - even Congressmen at the Greenbriar bunker only had to hunker down for two weeks.

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1963 ... everybody's favorite nuke!

... with over 3,000 built and having a handy 'dial-a-yield' of 0.3 - 340 kiloton the slim and trim B-61 thermonuclear weapon is always popular favorite for your next Armageddon get-together!

... here's a nifty early 1970's 'industrial film' about all the wonderful innovations included in the B-61. Seems like everyone, including Gus the auto mechanic, get's a hand in manufacturing this little wonder!

1956 ... Survival!


... surviving World War Three isn't just a self-preservation issue. It is your patriotic duty! 
If all of 'us' are dead than 'they' win!

1956 ... fill 'er up for the jet-age!

"... that's a pretty big pitot tube you got there big fella!"  

Introducing the Boeing KC-135 'Strato-tanker'! Next to nuclear weapons, the biggest development in strategic bombing was the perfection of aerial refueling. The idea had been played with from the earlier days of aviation. In the early 50's propeller driven KC-97's were in service. But the mis-match of speeds between props and the jets made an already tricky piece of flying a real nail-biter.

... the early development of long-range heavy lift jet aircraft for America was a military priority. Commercial jet ideas took a back-seat. This was not a big complaint for the airlines as early jet engines were unreliable and their high fuel consumption made them uneconomical. The 'Strato-tanker' came into service several years before it's slightly larger cousin the Boeing 707.

... the vital role of the tankers cannot be overstated. Their mission of refueling the bombers on their way to the target and on their return was a lynch-pin of the SAC's manned bomber deterrent.

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...if you do not feel well!

... sadly - radiation sickness has a cruel twist; many victims feel better (just before they start dying).

1954 ... F-100 North American "Super-Sabre"

... shown here in a 'conventional' ground-support role, the F-100 "Hun" was also nuclear capable. Hell - in the fifties and 60's if it had wings they would strap a small H-bomb on it!

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1953 ... first use of Atomic bomb against Martians!

... frame capture from George Pal's 1953 production of "The War of the Worlds". Our heroes wait tensely for the arrival overhead of non-other than the mighty YB-49 Flying Wing to nuke those pesky Aliens!

1954 ... all the glory!

... here we have NACA test-pilot George Cooper doing the brave test-pilot pose by his sleek and wonderful F-86D North American "Sabre-Dog". Here at Atomic-Annihilation we try to keep a balanced and politically correct presentation of the Nuclear Triad. But let's face it; missile silos and submarines are not nearly as cool looking as big silvery airplanes.

For gosh sakes- two legs of the Triad are either underwater or underground! The reality is;  for the first twenty years of the Cold War the deterrent force was either exclusively airborne or heavily reliant on it. And nobody remembers the good old Army! Between their battlefield atomic artillery, short and medium range missiles and the nuclear tipped Nike anti-aircraft batteries, the Army had the biggest pile of warheads by number if not by megatonage.

... yep - the Air Force gets all the primo 'photo-ops'.