1954 ... Warning Star!

... long before satellites constantly peered down or even before the massive radar constructions of the Arctic DEW line; watching for a sneak-attack from the USSR was a fairly ad-hoc affair. These are Lockheed EC-121 "Warning Stars" (close cousin to the 'Constellation' airliner) which would prowl beyond the continental US; scanning with powerful radars to detect incoming bomber forces. These airplanes, along with ground based radar, ships, submarines and even blimps comprised the early warning network in the early days of the Cold War.

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