... you and your nuclear weapons!


... Pantex is the US nuclear weapons assembly and fix-it shop; It has been since we started playing with atomic bombs (here's a helpful chart from them). Here's a link to their friendly website ... and, hey- they're hiring - and they have a bowling team and ... we are a major big-time center for National Security so before you pack your bowling bag and resume make sure you have an appointment or we will attack you with big dogs and shoot you - not necessarily in that order!

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1960 ... the SIOP


... 55 years ago- we would have all gone to jail for having this page of the "Single Integrated Operational Plan" (SIOP)



1947 ... Armed Forces Special Weapons Project


... oooo - just to be sure everyone knew they were 'special' - the original group responsible for Atomic Bombs in the US Armed Forces - they got an emblem that left no doubt to what they were up to.

 

1950 ... B-36 on recon over USSR!


... this is a recent photo-illustration project I completed. One of the fun things about these projects is being able to create situations and 'documenting' images that have never been seen before. In the early 1950's, there was a window of opportunity,  when very high altitude reconnaissance flights by 'Peacekeepers' over the Soviet Union were possible. 'Featherweight' B-36's [stripped of all guns except for the tail cannon] were able to attain altitudes of 53,000 feet!  At that height triple A, SAM's and even Mig-15 fighters could not harm them. Here we see a pair of Migs skidding past the big bomber in a failing attempt to maneuver in the thin, thin air. If they dare to fire off their guns it will cause a stall and spin to a lower altitude. 

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1954 ... defending those harbors!


... seems like the set-up that was used (rather in-effectively) against all those amphibious monsters in the 1950's: Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Giant Behemoth and Gorgo!



 

1952 ... here comes the B-52!



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1953 ... bobbing Brits!




... Vulcans in a row!



 

1956 ... F-104 Starfighter


... 'Zoom to Ceiling' was the purpose and point of this "missile with a man in it!". One of the most important objectives in fighter defense against bombers is to get up to the altitude of the incoming enemy before they have passed you by. The 'Starfighter' was also fast, twice the speed of sound; which was really screamin' back then. It had a lot of faults, but it was a 'hot' ride and good pilots loved it and say it could still be competitive today! (note: in production for 30 yrs- over 2,500 built!)




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1949 ... F-94C 'Starfire'


... Air Defense is a fascinating section of the history of the Cold War/Arms Race. For every advance on one side, there was a counter-measure developed on the other. These are unguided air-to-air rockets in the nose of the Lockheed F-94 'Starfire'. It was hoped that a barrage of these, fired at a slow moving Soviet bomber, would destroy the target. (You only needed one to score!). During normal flight they were covered with a streamlined doors which folded inwards for firing.









1989 ... B-2 'Spirit'



1956 ... tails of the Hustler!


... tail of a B-58 "Hustler". The last US bomber to have a tail mounted gun. It can be seen just below the elongated radome of the aiming radar. The preferred defense of the Mach 2 aircraft, was to simply outrun any fighters. It was said that there was some controversy surrounding the need for the gun; skeptics saying that at supersonic speed bullets from the Gatling gun would do little more than trickle out in the backward direction.

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... more of my photo-illus work











... here is some of my recent portfolio work. These are photographic illustrations done with digital techniques. They are created using existing stock photographs as a starting point. Aircraft are often cut apart and reassembled with modification to angle and perspective as well as color, lighting and detail. The goal is to create photographic realistic illustrations of events and scenes that could not be created in any other way.

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... parts for your missile!


1952 ... first hero of WWIII !




1983 ... gee-whiz!


... great illustration for a speculative fighter hot-rod. Seems to be using hydrogen 'zip-fuel'. From time to time engineers try to come up with a more exotic miracle fuel that will radically improve the performance of air-breathing aircraft.

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