1954 ... schlock by any other name!

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1960 ...Minuteman train!

 for this post

...a similar plan was advanced in 1986 for the Peacekeeper missile LINK 

1954 ... land-fighting monsters!


1957 ..."size 8 synchros for me!"

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... sitting room only!

... I am always trying to be positive and constructive about Civil Defense
"You may not want to live- but what about your kids?"
But this one has me a little freaked out! 

1960 ... coming to a cow pasture near you!

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... MOL bizzarreness!

... not sure what this illustration is about; could be a US Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) hooked up to very big radio dish used for eavesdropping on the Soviets (?) 

more on MOL here ...LINK

...and here

1966 .. 'Blue Gemini' from Pacific paradise?

... part of one of the proposed projects for the Air Force Gemini project (manned). Addressing a need for (?)  Multiple launch sites; this being outside of the continental US (Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands) about as remote as you can get! Alternate launch site; for Polar orbit?
The separate Air Force manned space program (Dyna-Soar, Blue Gemini, MOL) never got off the ground (all puns intended)!

Sending Godzilla into orbit... ah, humanity safe at last!


... remembering 'Crowbar' !

... more on 'Project Pluto' below.

1960 ... ya' gotta have a plan!

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1948 ... stop laughing!

... actually, quite an accomplishment for just three years after WW2' 

... here's the video where it doesn't crash!

1962 ... hoses for the nuclear-age!

... don't let your missile leave the ground without them!

1957 ... stuff of nightmares!

... DoD illustration (Gordon Phillips) of 'Project Pluto' nuclear powered ramjet. This was an idea for an unmanned  'SLAM' ( Supersonic Low Altitude Missile). After disposable booster rockets got it aloft and up to supersonic speeds an unshielded light-weight atomic reactor became the heat source for the Mach 3 ramjet. No conventional fuel was needed. Range and time aloft was virtually unlimited.

The design called for a payload of multiple atomic weapons which could be ejected at given points on various targets along the flight plan. Just the shockwave of the vehicle passing over at tree-top level at Mach 3 could kill you. Then there was the matter of that unshielded reactor  irradiating and poisoning large swaths of land as it criss-crossed across the USSR. Nicknamed 'the flying crowbar' a swarm of these death birds could continue operating weeks after anyone was left to kill or care. The Pentagon abandoned plans for the locomotive sized missile after analysis concluded it was just too ... crazy!

Recently Russia has been looking into cheap and scary new ways to intimidate US and Nato; their SSC-X-9 Skyfall is a rebirth of the basic concept. Dr. Strangelove would approve!

In 1958 a science-fiction movie was made with a suspiciously similar 'monster' LINK

...shoot! Shoot! SHOOT!!!

... promo for a version of the 'Stinger' man-mounted anti-aircraft missile.

(does anyone else have recurring nightmares like this?)

... ground based laser!

... an illustration from the National Archives; selling 1980's 'Star Wars' concepts.
I'm diggin' the ink on parchment, notebooks of DaVinci treatment!

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1965 ... F-111 and Bendix

... more B-70 magic!

... yes fans- it's more of Uncle Jim's art work! 
This is another piece produced using large scale practical models. AND it is for sale (without the text) HERE; prints, posters, t-shirts, mugs and about a hundred other ways including a shower curtain!

...oooo- that would be an awesome shower curtain!

1964 ... 'Habu'

... long - live the legendary SR-71 'Blackbird'. Also known as 'Habu'; a nasty venomous snake. Illustration by Adam Tooby.

... next year I plan on doing some of my own illustrations of the similar F-12C; because who wouldn't want a Blackbird that was built to shoot things down?!

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... forecasts of ASW* to come!

... artist: Frank Tinsley

* Anti- Submarine Warfare (ASW)


...GI's in a box!

... from 'Popular Mechanics'. The writing and illustration work of Frank Tinsley.
Old Frank never had any shortage of imagination; and doing both art and text gave him enough rope to go right over the edge!

... here's a Link to an album of his work
at one of my other blogs 'X-Ray Delta One'

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