1951 ... 'Pogo' VTOL [my artwork]


... more fantastic, almost made-it technology from the Cold-War. As I get better at this Aerospace Art stuff; it's big fun to create imagery that has never existed before. Imagining what some of these crazy-cool brainchilds would have been like if they had gone on to fruition and even combat. All sorts of factors come into play with the various scenarios. 

One interesting point is 'need'. How badly was a VTOL ship based convoy protection needed? In WWII convoy air cover was vital and pivotal. In the Cold War it was one of those 'hmmm' questions. But without the reality of millions of tons of vital supplies going to the bottom, the Military-Industrial Complex had time and money to screw around as much as they wanted. Besides- the technology was moving so fast that before it got off the drawing board an idea was already obsolete.



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... happy shelter time!


... would love to interview those kids!. Wow- what was it  like to be cooped up in that tiny space for a week? Bet Richard and Sharon-Ann became Gin-Rummy experts!


 

1945 ... what ended the war!


... from Fall 1945 'Life' magazine. More facts coming out about the Atomic Bomb.

I have long maintained that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the sacrificial cities that prevented a nuclear, apocalyptic World War Three. Without this firsthand knowledge, without this horrible experience; using these weapons in a general war would have been inevitable.


 

1945 ... people start to learn about the Atom Bomb!



... Trinity test site, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Site of very first atomic test blast. That's the kind of a scorch mark you get when detonating a 20 kiloton bomb. Light area is sand turned to glass by the fireball heat. This is from a Fall 1945 issue of 'Life' magazine. Average Americans are starting to get details about the wonder weapon that suddenly, unexpectedly ended WWII.




 

... the cute will survive!


... somehow this is a topic where cute equals creepy!

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1955 ... 'doom-town' USA


... 'Operation Teapot' An unusually tall Civil Defense official poses with condemned mannequins inside a  typical American suburban house about a mile from ground zero for a 20 kiloton atomic bomb test. 


... these lesbian mannequins were able to make a final contribution to a wholesome, Communist free American way of life.


 
 

... Strategic Air Command- Center - Offutt AFB



... always fascinating to catch glimpses of the underground control-command bunker for SAC deep under Offutt Air Force base. Lots of heavy, reliable old technology. Overhead projectors just like we had in grade school !

Here's a link to a surprisingly detailed view (your tax dollars at work) in 1964 Air Force vivid Ektachrome.



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1956 ... guided-missile Navy!



LINK to magazine article.

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... B-58 'Hustler' crew


...not sure about those 'mission marks'; but I suspect it has to do with test drops of the various weapons pods.




... busy day for the Navy!





... when you think of food - think of missiles!

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1951 ... ready to slug it out!


... with the America grimly mired in Korea the inevitability of a war with the Soviet Union was on a lot of minds. Barely five years after the end of World War II it felt as if the Communist monolith headed by Stalin was pushing toward WW 3!

We should give credit to nuclear deterrence as keeping the world from getting into what would have been a conventional war as terrible as the one that had just finished. If the US had not had a monopoly on the A-bomb would the Soviets have pushed over all of Europe? How much safer and happier would Stalin have been with a secure empire from the Atlantic to the Pacific? 

 

1950 ... sneaky Reds (Korea)



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1960 ... 'Pluto' plugs ahead!




 

1951 ... fill-er-up!


... XC-99 (cargo version of the B-36 bomber) imagined as a gigantic tanker airplane. Never happened. The first USAF tankers in service were converted B-29 Superfortresses. Then a bloated version of the B-29 the KC-97. All the while the prop driven tankers were way too slow for the early jets they were refueling making the procedure dangerous and cumbersome. In spite of adding jet pods to help the props the system did not find perfection until the 1957 introduction of the famous KC-135 all jet tanker. This was the military version of what would go on to become the Boeing 707; America's first jet airliner. The military and the nuclear deterrence came first. Tourists and businessmen had to wait another year (1958) for 707 and American jet-travel.

note: refueling passenger jets in flight was too dangerous and expensive to ever be seriously considered.

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... colorful atomic bombs!





1952 ... ooo- that's a big one!


... full concept painting for a 1952 issue of 'Weird Fantasy' comics. Love how the Hudson River is starting to fill in the crater.


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1958 ...sex, spark-plugs and missiles!


... leave it to Madison Avenue to infer that this winsome queen of domesticity will be waiting for you when you get home from a long day of planning on how to blow-up the world!