1962 ... building Cheyenne Mountain!




... more, much more, Cheyenne Mountain and North American Radar Defense (NORAD) soon!

all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!




... Germany fights WWIII




1959 ... Atlas ICBM


... no amount of hyperbole can overstate what a drastic 'game-changer' the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) made in the Cold War and the arms race. Delivering nuclear weapons went from manned bombers flying and fighting there way to a target over many hours - to an unstoppable sure-thing in 30 minutes!

... there are historians who would argue that making Atomic War almost impossible to defend against helped to 'stabilize' everything and make the world safer. The irony of "Mutual Assured Destruction".


... this is a cutaway of the blunt-nosed MK2-3 re-entry vehicle (seen on the Atlas photo above) which was the first successful package for pushing the H-bomb 'payload' thru it's fiery re-entry to the target.



... Nuke 'em if ya got 'em!

... this undated document (late 1950's?) discusses the advantages of using nuclear warhead armed air-to-air missiles to destroy attacking Soviet bombers. As it points out, what at first seems like a ironic or even idiotic idea, makes a lot of sense when you consider that one bomber with one large H-bomb can kill millions of people. In other words 'throw everything you've got at them'! The scientific reality is that small atomic weapons used at high altitude generate no fallout because they do not suck up surface soil or water to irradiate. 

There is an uncomfortable, unspoken question here - if you are a pilot of a jet fighter defending against the mentioned bombers - and your arsenal of weapons miss or fail - with millions of lives at stake- what would you do next?


... here is an entertaining. and rather silly, film of a group of Air Force personnel demonstrating that you can stand under a 2-kiloton atomic blast at an altitude of 2 miles and not get your hair mussed! (1957)


1954 ... looney nukes!

 LINK

all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!







1962 ... Tu-22 'Blinder'


... hated by soviet air crews, toward the end of it's service life pilots actually refused to fly them. LINK




1954 ... roaming Russia!




1964 ... farewell TSR-2!


... another 'wonder-plane' cancelled by politics: the British Aircraft Corporation low-level, supersonic nuclear strike aircraft the TSR ("Tactical Strike and Reconnaissance").





1952 ... a helluva way to ruin a ballgame!




... see the whole terrible tale - LINK

all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!







1951 ... beware the future!




1951 ... F-7U "Cutlass" Navy fighter

... looking cool was about the only thing this early US Navy jet fighter did right. Jet engines were still not very powerful or reliable and earned this plane the nicknmae of 'The Gut-less Cutlass'


all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!


1948 ... B-45 "Tornado"

... the first US operational jet bomber, the "Tornado" gained importance as it assumed a tactical nuclear delivery assignment when atomic bombs became smaller and lighter.




1950 ... Atomic Attack!




... three pages from the book "Atomic Attack: How to Survive". It is important to keep in mind the military and historical context. 1950 is only five years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and only one year since the Soviets have tested their first atomic bomb. At this point Russian nuclear weapons are in the 20 kiloton range ( the same size as the Hiroshima "Fat-Man" bomb). Much of the Civil Defense instructions concentrate on avoiding the type of injuries that occurred in Japan. Atomic weapons are not magical and most of the casualties were of the same types suffered in conventional bombing.

The Cold War is still in it's very early phases and much of the technology and strategy we take for granted were not in place yet. The irony is that many feared a surprise attack by Russia more during this period; than later when bombs and stockpiles were much larger and "Mutual Assured Destruction" wad a well known factor of deterrence. Stalin ruled the Soviet juggernaut and a common theory was that Russia would strike as soon as they were capable!



1951 ... Meteor night fighter (UK)



LINK

all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!





1951 ... a bit of a dip!


... being an "island nation" Great Britain seems a bit obsessed with showing off it's technology for recovering airmen from the sea.


... the two faces of "Mr. K."

...  Joseph Stalin, as dictator of the USSR from the 1930's to 1952, presented an iron facade of brutal repression . His successor, Nikita Khrushchev, showed himself to be a more accessible, even jovial head of state. Yet many saw this more human face of Communism as a front covering an aggressive and dangerous desire for world domination.      


1954 ... don't miss!




all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!

1964 ... meanwhile




... as our hero heads toward a rendezvous with what may be World War 3, he flashes-back to how he got there and the part the Master Sergent with no legs played!


1962 ... Cuban Missile Crisis


... people in a department store stop to listen to President Kennedy address the nation.

all images- Right click- open in New Window or Tab = super colossal size!




... a little bit goes a long way!


... this is the stuff that's used to make the big-bang part of an Atomic Bomb; which also equals the 'fuze' of a Hydrogen Bomb.