... "Facts About Fallout!"


1960 ... British Fallout!


"... I say old chap- you seem to be a little green around the gills! Must be that pesky radioactivity!"

... Fighting On!


... USAF film about continuing air operations in spite of radioactive fallout raining down on the airbases. Late 50's or early 60's. maybe this is why our Mom's wanted us to wash behind out ears!


1981 ... Tu - 160 "Blackjack"

... tested in 1981, and barely in service when the USSR collapsed, the "White Swan" is clearly competitive with the US B1 "Lancer". But this bomber is huge- half again as big as the B-1 !

... finally learned that the huge lettering on the side are the names of various VIPs in the development of the 'Blackjack'

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1974 ... Su-24 "Fencer"


1957 ... close is good enough!

... an F-106 "Delta Dart" test fires an AIR-2 "Genie" nuclear tipped air-to-air missile. With a warhead blast equivalent of one thousand five hundred tons of TNT it was hoped this would be a good way to stop high flying high speed Soviet bombers. Shooting down airplanes with atomic bombs may seem extreme; but when compared to the death and destruction a bomber could wreak with one hydrogen bomb - "sure-kill" was important! Since the detonations would occur at high altitude no debris would be sucked up by the fireball and fallout would be negligible. 

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1957 ... baby tooth project!

... during the 1950's children's baby teeth were collected by dentists, then analyzed for the presence of radioactive isotopes from nuclear testing. This research helped to convince experts and the government that testing in the atmosphere should be ended. LINK

1952 ... atomic progress!

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1953 ... Swedes under mountains!

... little known fact about the Cold War: Sweden (famous for it's neutrality) was the nation best prepared for nuclear war. Able to shelter it's entire population in gigantic public shelters.


1961 ... shelter cut-away!

... this type of shelter was designed to be built inside an existing basement. Notice the dropped ceiling bean with the layers of brick for shielding. The outer sides of the shelter would be well protected by subterranean soil.


1949 ... hunting Russky subs!

... "harrumph- quite, well then!" was the response of the Britain's Royal Navy when confronted with the early Cold War's huge numbers of pesky Soviet submarines lurking all about. Still possessing considerable naval air power in the form of several large flat-tops; the Brits set about producing resourceful, and weird, fixed wing aircraft for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role. The ability to 'stay on station' (tread air and look and listen for a sub in a specific area) was highly valued. With it's efficient, and highly temperamental, jet-turbo-prop-counter-rotating-propellers-engine - the Fairey Gannet was just the ticket!

... ship based helicopters would later take over the role (on both sides). Recent technology makes it possible for a submarine to launch an under-surface to air missile at the annoying ASW helicopters droning overhead: wouldn't that be a rude surprise!

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1954 ... detering the enemy!


1964 ... B-70 "Valkyrie" cockpit

... one of several examples of US aerospace 'over-reach' in the early 1960's the Mach 3 bomber program produced amazing technological breakthroughs on an aircraft that would be one of the largest and most expensive ever conceived. 

... the question has to be asked: was it a 10 or 20 per cent reduction in possibility of funding that resulted from some bird-brain christening the plane with a name very closely associated with the Nazis favorite soundtrack? (oh- and here's little clip for all the Wagner fans)

1953 ... "look- in the sky!"

... despite the fact that the AVRO attempt at a 'flying-saucer' super-duper jet interceptor was such a dismal failure that it could barely get off the ground; it sure stirred up the imaginations of countless young boys and magazine publishers!

- conspiracy theorists would have to wonder; the gap between the promise of the AVRO flying saucer jet-fighter, and the spectacular (and well documented) failure, smells like a cover-up!! Coupled with the soap-opera cancellation of the AVRO Arrow, I am suspecting fleets of 'super-saucers' secretly hangered deep beneath the Canadian Rockies! Hmmm - a couple of blurry photos and some cool cut-a ways and I should be good for at least two or three shows on the Discovery Channel!

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