1971 ... the big ooops!


... in 1971 somebody goofed and instead of testing the nationwide Emergency Broadcast System; they put in the tape that told all the radio stations in America that a Nuclear Attack was underway! Follow the link to CONELRAD Adjacent to get the full story!



1953 ... people and parts!




1957 ... for the smart shopper!



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... more dreams of Nuclear Flight!



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1957 ... KC-135 'Stratotanker'


... Q. what finally killed off the dreams of nuclear powered flight? A. the only slightly less crazy sounding (but proven practical) practice of in-flight refueling. 
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Vietnam era Air Force promo film about in-flight refueling.



... here's Ivan!



... more from our buddy 'Ivan' and his hip 1970's tour of Warsaw Pact forces for the benefit of all the young dudes in US/ NATO.

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"Always, Never" - how and who has the button.


1961 ... oh boy- what's for dinner?!


"Served hot or cold, wet or dry, three scoops of MPF were all shelter occupants needed to meet required daily nutrients and caloric intake. General Mills recommended adding MPF to other foods, such as tomato juice for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for dinner, suggesting the product's flavor may have been less than desirable. If requested, General Mills would even supply innovative recipes for cooking the post-nuclear apocalypse staple."

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1957 ... 'R-7' 1st ICBM


... although it did not work out in the long-term for reliable nuclear delivery service; the 'R-7' launched Earth's first satellite and went on to father a family of space launch vehicles which are still in service today!

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1970 ... nuke in a knapsack!


... weighing in at 90lbs this is a Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM). Designed to accompany special operations teams parachuted behind enemy lines this luggage sized hunk of destruction was intended to blow-up bridges, dams, factories and etc. An ultimate expression of a 'tactical' nuclear weapon a squad of guys with a couple of these could be very inconvenient for Soviet forces invading Europe. Yield of 1 to 10 kiloton.

...heck- you could even take it with you swimming!

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1953 ... electronics working for You!


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1962 ... by Jack Davis




1958 ... 'Oak' shot: Operation Hardtack 1


... there is no way that we can truly sense any of the mind-boggling scale of this mushroom cloud from a small two-dimensional photograph. In 1982 I saw a Shuttle launch in person. Watching the same event on a television screen is about 1% of the live, be there, experience.

... detonated on a barge at Enewetok Atoll in the South Pacific, this 9 megaton weapon produced a cloud of steam and gas which fills the sky and reaches more than twenty miles high!

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1960 ... hot-rod of the skies!






1980 ... a design for every taste!



The couple above are discussing why they did not spend the money on a shelter they could stand-up in!
... highlights from four different shelter plan booklets from Reagan era FEMA

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1948 ... atom proof your city!



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... the well prepared mannequin!


... gee- the good ol' days of the Cold War. They just don't put up window displays like this anymore!



1951 ... more duck and cover!





... Nuke your hometown!


... the NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein is a nifty little 'app' where by you can detonate different sized atomic devices over just about any place on Earth. It's all pretend of course
but also a sobering education in the true destructive powers of nuclear weapons.

... here's a ten megaton H-bomb airburst over the my nearest 'target city' of Akron, Ohio. When I was a kid I lived within the inner ring- now I live in the outer yellow ring - hurrah!


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1956 ... 800 ft below New York City!

... the game-plan of deterrence during the Cold War was always complex. One of the most complex and controversial areas of this on-going chess game was that of Civil Defense. The protection of civilian lives and the survival of a nations economic and industrial infrastructure. The extent to which a nation can live on and raise itself from the ruins of a full-scale nuclear conflict was seen by many strategists as vital to the believability of the concept of deterrence. Many wondered if the threat of unleashing worldwide holocaust, and the certain destruction of one's own homeland, in response to an Russian invasion of Europe or even the one city of Berlin was plausible. Did the USSR really believe that a US President would start a nuclear war over certain 'lines drawn in the sand'?

In the late 1950's there were studies undertaken regarding what would be involved for a truly robust Civil Defense strategy designed to save the lives of the most American citizens. If nuclear war did not mean death of most Americans would our atomic forces be a much more realistic and believable deterrent to Soviet aggression?

The blog Atomic Skies offers an in depth look at a fascinating study by some of the leading 'think-tank' on the possibility of shielding the entire population of Manhattan from multiple strikes of high yield Hydrogen Bombs. (link to the entire article here)





You really should read the entire article to get a sense for the detail and science-fiction like concepts. 

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