... the latest in CBRN fashions!


... can't let the secretarial pool get nerve gassed! Sorta looks like the cheap model.

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1954 ... 'Scorpion' interceptor





 

1983 ... ZORCH!


... screen shot of a nice secretary person being disintegrated in the made for TV movie 'The Day After'. The initial television broadcast had an audience of over 100 million. Ronald Regan had a private screening which set him back on his heels and modified his understanding and viewpoints on nuclear deterrence.





... Econo-Crypt!


... who needs luxuries when you have the extra-large, king-sized issue of Civil Defense Valium?

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... Thrifty-Split Level (with look-out!)


... Skeeter kept hoping that Julie from the cheerleader squad would take him up on his invitation. But with the first blinding flash he knew his romantic hopes were dashed!

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... Deluxe Ranch-o-matic!


... this looks to be the sort of fall-out shelter that the salesman pushed as 'also a family room!'... underground. What sets this apart from the rest of the basement is the reinforced concrete roof covered with three to four feet of soil. Wonder what sort of music Dad is about to spin on the Hi-Fi. Maybe some of that tropical Tiki lounge music. Maybe 'Oklahoma' for a sing-a-long to keep everyone's spirits up!

Seems like the air vents are a little flimsy for an apocalyptic job? On the other hand; suburbia is not supposed to be ground-zero. The rounded shapes on a pole look like some of the objects I've seen ride out heavy over-pressures in the test films.




1971 ... if it ain't bombs; it's little bugs!






...'The Andromeda Strain' is a superbly made movie about Bio-Warfare. It was also, possibly., the germ of a thousand conspiracy theories to come! ( no pun intended).

TRAILER- 'The Andromeda Strain' 

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1963 ... "that's a nasty plague you've got there!"

... the concept of Bio-Warfare was a close science-fiction cousin to Atomic-War. With the current Covid-Crisis several readers have asked for some posts devoted to the topic.



 ... 'The Outer Limits; The Man Who Was Never Born'. starring Martin Landau and Shirley Knight


Having accidentally traveled through time, astronaut Joseph Reardon lands on Earth in the year 2148 A.D. to find it a desolate realm. He meets Andro, a mutated human stricken with a disfiguring disease for which there is no cure. Andro is one of the few survivors of a biological disaster brought on by an ambitious scientist named Bertram Cabot Jr., who isolated and developed a viral symbiont from an interstellar microbe. Cabot's symbiont physically altered the human race, precluding the ability to reproduce, and turned much of Earth's landscape into a barren wasteland. 

I hope I don't see these as 'proof' on some wacko's Facebook page - ha! 


... LIVE to you from SAC headquarters; Offutt AFB - Omaha.


... closed circuit TV of the 'big-board' sent out to SAC bases from headquarters. Notice 3 cameras for simultaneous views.

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... roll 'em out!


... Boris and Natasha sold me this photo of Czechoslovakian Mig-21's in an underground hanger. 


... long, hard job!


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1954 ... shape of things to come!





1955 ... buy United!



 

... fast and pointy!


... sorry- but I filed this long ago with no info. 
So we will have to get by with the above description!

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1967 ... very Stranglovian!


"...USAF Command and Control Team is Observing a Combat Situation."
Artist Gordon Phillips  




1960 ... come visit our hole!






... B-47 in left turn - unfavorable weather!


... part of a new series of illustrations that I have been working on.


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1947 ... and the winner is...!


... the foremost model is the shape for the Boeing B-47. The rest are also-rans.  Always amazes me that such a 'modern' design began flying in 1947 !


 

... Super - Sub!


... looks like some vaguely German scientist conjuring up a Nuclear Powered Sub for the delight of Adm. Rickover.

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1962 ... very cozy!


... trying to imagine salesman techniques for selling a family fall-out shelter(?) Was there a Wilford Brimley type who spoke gently of responsibilities and a divine duty to survive?
Alternatively was there was a maniac, beatnik George Carlin type; reciting Ferlinghetti poetry. Spouting beat " The End of ALL - Daddy-O! Not just the end of the movie or the end of the road - but the end of all things. The complete and total...POW!" 



1954 ... schlock by any other name!



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1960 ...Minuteman train!

 
 for this post

...a similar plan was advanced in 1986 for the Peacekeeper missile LINK 




1954 ... land-fighting monsters!

 
 
 

1957 ..."size 8 synchros for me!"


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... sitting room only!


... I am always trying to be positive and constructive about Civil Defense
"You may not want to live- but what about your kids?"
But this one has me a little freaked out! 


1960 ... coming to a cow pasture near you!



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... MOL bizzarreness!



... not sure what this illustration is about; could be a US Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) hooked up to very big radio dish used for eavesdropping on the Soviets (?) 

more on MOL here ...LINK

...and here




1966 .. 'Blue Gemini' from Pacific paradise?


... part of one of the proposed projects for the Air Force Gemini project (manned). Addressing a need for (?)  Multiple launch sites; this being outside of the continental US (Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands) about as remote as you can get! Alternate launch site; for Polar orbit?
The separate Air Force manned space program (Dyna-Soar, Blue Gemini, MOL) never got off the ground (all puns intended)!

Sending Godzilla into orbit... ah, humanity safe at last!


 

... remembering 'Crowbar' !



... more on 'Project Pluto' below.



1960 ... ya' gotta have a plan!


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1948 ... stop laughing!


... actually, quite an accomplishment for just three years after WW2' 

... here's the video where it doesn't crash!




1962 ... hoses for the nuclear-age!


... don't let your missile leave the ground without them!


1957 ... stuff of nightmares!


... DoD illustration (Gordon Phillips) of 'Project Pluto' nuclear powered ramjet. This was an idea for an unmanned  'SLAM' ( Supersonic Low Altitude Missile). After disposable booster rockets got it aloft and up to supersonic speeds an unshielded light-weight atomic reactor became the heat source for the Mach 3 ramjet. No conventional fuel was needed. Range and time aloft was virtually unlimited.

The design called for a payload of multiple atomic weapons which could be ejected at given points on various targets along the flight plan. Just the shockwave of the vehicle passing over at tree-top level at Mach 3 could kill you. Then there was the matter of that unshielded reactor  irradiating and poisoning large swaths of land as it criss-crossed across the USSR. Nicknamed 'the flying crowbar' a swarm of these death birds could continue operating weeks after anyone was left to kill or care. The Pentagon abandoned plans for the locomotive sized missile after analysis concluded it was just too ... crazy!

Recently Russia has been looking into cheap and scary new ways to intimidate US and Nato; their SSC-X-9 Skyfall is a rebirth of the basic concept. Dr. Strangelove would approve!

In 1958 a science-fiction movie was made with a suspiciously similar 'monster' LINK



...shoot! Shoot! SHOOT!!!


... promo for a version of the 'Stinger' man-mounted anti-aircraft missile.

(does anyone else have recurring nightmares like this?)


... ground based laser!


... an illustration from the National Archives; selling 1980's 'Star Wars' concepts.
I'm diggin' the ink on parchment, notebooks of DaVinci treatment!

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1965 ... F-111 and Bendix





... more B-70 magic!


... yes fans- it's more of Uncle Jim's art work! 
This is another piece produced using large scale practical models. AND it is for sale (without the text) HERE; prints, posters, t-shirts, mugs and about a hundred other ways including a shower curtain!

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...oooo- that would be an awesome shower curtain!