... the End is near!




1958 ... F-106D "SkyScorcher"


... proposed super-duper version of the Convair "Delta-Dart". 

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... "Facts About Fallout!"


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... wonderfully cheesy cheap animation explaining what you should do to keep from being turned into an Atomic Zombie! Okay- grim and important facts that you need to know to keep you and your family safe in the event of Nuclear War!


1960 ... British Fallout!

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

1964 ... Fighting On!




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... 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.