... B-47 portraits!



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1966 ... RAF Early Warning!


... cool views of giant antennas inside of even larger radomes!

 

1951 ... Red radar jets!




1959 ... more cities underground!



... more great stuff from our buddies at Atomic Skies! A university study from the late nineteen fifty's about the need for America to start building new cities underground. For the complete article go HERE.

 

... Army supplies the DEW Line "The Big Picture"



... love these "Big Picture" documentaries. Can't get anymore serious and heartfelt than a Master Sergent with a pencil-mustache!

1961 ... Riens Of Command




... cool! Old Jimmy "Dutch Holland" Stewart hosts a look at vacuum tube era super-communications needed to fight, and win, an Atomic War!

1962 ... beauties and Nike Hercules


... we have to wonder if this Nike Hercules anti-aircraft missile has it's standard 20 kiloton atomic warhead onboard?

 

1958 ... Atlas ICBM


... test of the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile at Cape Canaveral Florida.

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1962 ... Greenbriar Bunker - cafeteria



 

1958 ... Umbrella Shot: Operation Hardtack



... 9 kiloton detonation in shallow water to test various effects for nuclear armed torpedoes and anti-ship mines.



1958 ... global guardian!



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1957 ... a Red moon?




1959 ... drama- suspense!




1956 ... missile motor oil?


... hey- if linking your motor-oil to nuclear war makes more money- go for it!

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1960 ...hard to find!




1958 ... early 'payload' nose - Atlas


... various shapes were tried for nose-cones holding the nuclear warhead of early ICBM missiles. This is an early Atlas configuration with the 'bomb' riding and nestled behind this semi blunt cone shape.


 

1953 ... chilling terror!


...'Collier's' magazine seemed to be especially good at scaring the snot out of it's readers over the Soviet threat and impending end of the world. This cover article is about nerve-gas.

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1943 ... Walt Disney and Strategic Bombing


"Victory Through Air Power"... after World War One showed the possibilities of using aircraft to drop explosives on your enemy's troops, factories and civilian population the mad-scientists had a field-day in coming up with all sorts of futuristic scenarios whereby Air Power would become the Ultimate Weapon. These war-games and doomsday prognostications usually involved the use of large amounts of Poison Gas dropped from the air. This was the first true "weapon of mass destruction" and a source of well deserved terror and fear.

However- neither side used poison gas during WW2 ( perhaps in the same sort of fear of the other fellow using it in retaliation- that later became the concept of nuclear deterrence during the Cold War). But the concept, and allure, of Strategic Bombing using high explosives and fire bombs remained a driving goal of first the Axis and then the Allied powers during the Second World War. 

By 1945 the technology had caught up to the concept, and with Atomic Bombs, complete and total destruction of an enemy by aircraft launched from far away bases was a reality.

This is a fascinating propaganda/ documentary pushing the concepts of strategic bombing. The idea was to avoid a lot of the blood and time of the US Island Hopping Campaign in the Pacific. Instead we would pour our resources into a great Air Armada of B-36 type bombers that would pulverize Japan with conventional bombing. In the end we did both; moving closer and closer and encircling Japan while conducting devastating bombing campaigns. 

In the end it was only dropping atomic bombs on them that convinced them to surrender.


1941 ... early intercontinental bomber concepts



... we always hear about how the B-36 Peacemaker was conceived out of an early WWII fear that England would fall to the Nazis and America would have to launch bombing raids to Berlin form the North American continent. This appears to be a model of an early concept proposal.