... the big-board!



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1958 ... big bad B-52

... snapshot of the tail and rear gunner compartment of a B-52 F (?). The rear tail gunner was in a pressurized housing separated from the rest of the aircraft and crew. 

 

1968 ... flying Army Sanpan!

... okay - whose been smoking that wacky-weed over in the R&D department!


 

... ugly Titan test!


... never seen a nose like that on a Titan before. The Soviets liked blunt noses! Maybe this is an earlier test of a 'bus' to carry Multiple Warheads. So what we are seeing is just a cover over the actual re-entry vehicle shapes. Or maybe it's just an all purpose ugly top-off for a missile test.

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1968 ... post-apocalyptic drama!


... a hot, scantily clad babe - you've always got to have a babe!


 

1947 ... plumber's nightmare!

... this is a diagram detailing the air cooling layout of a B-36 Peacemaker radial engine is to say the least complex- but it wasn't inefficient cooling that caused the most problems:

"As engine fires occurred with the B-36's radial engines, some crews humorously changed the aircraft's slogan from "six turning, four burning" into "two turning, two burning, two smoking, two choking, and two more unaccounted for." This problem was exacerbated by the propellers' pusher configuration, which increased carburetor icing. The design of the R-4360 engine tacitly assumed that it would be mounted in the conventional tractor configuration—propeller/air intake/28 cylinders/carburetor—with air flowing in that order. In this configuration, the carburetor is bathed in warmed air flowing past the engine, and so is unlikely to ice up. However, the R-4360 engines in the B-36 were mounted backwards, in the pusher configuration—air intake/carburetor/28 cylinders/propeller. The carburetor was now in front of the engine and so could not benefit from engine heat, and also made more traditional short term carburetor heat systems unsuitable. Hence, when intake air was cold and humid, ice gradually obstructed the carburetor air intake, which in turn gradually increased the richness of the air/fuel mixture until the unburned fuel in the exhaust caught fire. Three engine fires of this nature led to the first loss of an American nuclear weapon."

... hell- even good old 'Dutch' Holland (Jimmy Stewart)  in the movie "Strategic Air Command" losses his B-36 to an engine fire!

Recently, I was observing to a fellow Cold-War aficionado; the harsh reality is that these 'weapon delivery systems' were actually intended for only a one-time use!  It wasn't like anyone planned on World War Three lasting more than couple of days and these aircraft were going to be flying back and forth to their targets over and over again.

 

1955 ... a popular model!



... Hydrogen Bomb 101- the round thingy is a fission type atomic bomb which goes Bang and provides crazy amounts of heat and radiation to make the Hydrogen goop [blue and tan stuff] start the process of fusion which then causes a VAROOOOOM equal to about 4 million tons of TNT or 200 Hiroshima sized atom-bombs. Is that clear? There will be a quiz later.

Your B-52 Stratofortress can carry, oh - say, 4 to 5 of these.


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1953 ... more dreams of VTOL!



... efforts that started in WWII to provide supply convoys with their own air-cover continued into the Cold War. The Navy (desperate to remain relevant in a time when it was thought that any large war would be resolved by the Air Force's strategic bombers and nuclear payloads in a few days) continued to consider any crazy plan to get jets on any ship! Despite the fact that the fighter pictured has USAF markings I suspect that the 'boys in blue' would be making rude noises from the back of the briefing hall.