2005 ... would the Nike have saved us?

 ... I got all excited thinking this was a promotional pamphlet from the time the 'Nike' nuclear tipped anti-aircraft missile was in operation. I was going to give it a big thumbs-up for the scare your pants off division of Cold-War information. Turns out to be a history article from a 2005 issue of 'Air & Space'. Oh well. I can't find the full article on the Internet so I'll throw in a documentary sure to leave you hiding under your beds!

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1964 (?) ... prettiest baby on the lot!

 "... take a walk down the tarmac and you can see we've got three great little models for you- yessir!"

Left to right; engine intake and wing of the Martin B-57 'Canberra', North American XB-70 "Valkyrie'and the Lockheed YF-12. The YF-12 is pretending to be a possible super-duper interceptor so no one pays attention to the nearly identical SR-71 'Blackbird' spy-plane (still confuses me!).





1968 ... catch me if you can!

 ... looking every bit the deadly predator that it was not; the BQM-34E 'Firebee' Target Drone runs for it's life!

Marvelous painting by Keith Ferris.