1953 ... last hurrah for Sea-planes!




1953 ... big battlefield BLAM!


... it is amazing how fast the Atomic Bomb went from something that was a delicate, painstakingly assembled 'gadget' tested at Alamogordo, NM ...  to an artillery projectile fired out of a cannon. 





 

1953 ... Fairy Gannet (my photo-illustration)


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R-7 ... (my photo-illus work)


... I used to unkindly joke that the Russians lost the cold-War because they had such long names. This is the mainstay, workhorse rocket of the Russian space program. It is part of a long line originating with their original ICBM. Just as the USA is still using rockets derived from the original Atlas ICBM. Whether it's a 'Vostok' or a 'Soyuz' or a poet named Yury Andreyevich Zhivago I'm still trying to figure out!  LINK

... so they are always rolling these huge steampunk missiles out of vast dimly lit buildings using grimy locomotives - but sure enough; as soon as I complete this illustration they unveil their brand new clean and sparkling far east Cosmodrome at Vostochny.



 

1971 ... EA-6B Prowler (my photo-illustration)



 

... you and your nuclear weapons!


... Pantex is the US nuclear weapons assembly and fix-it shop; It has been ever since we started playing with atomic bombs. They put them together, upgrade them and take them apart for 'retirement'. (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 ... [klaxon horns and flashing lights] --- we are a major big-time center for National Security --- 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'