1951 ... just fits!



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1955 ... the future is Nuclear!


... ooo - shiny! Model of a nuclear power plant!

... time to put up a Link to 'Our Friend the Atom' from Disney!




 

1957 ... Admiral Rickover descending!


... Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of the Nuclear Navy, teeters inside the reactor vessel for the 'USS Nautilus' during a LIFE photo-op.

 

1950's ... giant steel chamber for testing USN reactors!


... damn- that is big! If anyone has anymore info on this please leave it in comments.

 

... B-52's!


... my illustration work.

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1947 ... Flying wing!


... my illustration work: Northrop YB-35 setting up for emergency landing at Chicago.


 

... a Bear's portrait!


... my illustration work: Tu-95 'Bear'


 

1955 ... extra nukes!


... my illustration work - C-124 bringing in extra H-bombs to reload the B-36's at Thule Air Force Base, Greenland.

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1963 ... swabbies load nukes!

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... ooo - scary!



... made to snap on over a bomber crew's exisiting helmet and visor this is a system for preventing flash blindness. From the early days of the Strategic Air Command it was anticipated that pilots flying in a nuclear combat arena would be at risk of being temporarily blinded by the intense light of nuclear detonations. Both weapons exploding on targets as well as nuclear tipped SAMs and air-to-air missiles were a hazard. A common early practice was to have the aircrew wear an eye-patch so they had one protected eye in reserve. Pull down shades were a low tech solution which left the crew reliant on instrument flying. The pictured helmet was developed in the 1980's. When sensors detected a sudden rise in ambient light levels the coated lenses would electronically be rendered opaque for several seconds. 


... my photo-illus work (matters of milliseconds)


... now that I am doing illustration work for the Aerospace Industry I keep thinking that my 'expertise' on nuclear weapons will come in handy. But these days they mostly want Sesame Street warm and fuzzy - instead of spine tingling terror. Oh well.


 

... zooooom!





... all from the excellent Flickr collection of Pcarsola LINK


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1959 ... Khrushchev pollinates!


... here is Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in what looks to be his visit to America's heartland in 1959. Below is a link to an excellent documentary on the visit from the folks at PBS and 'The American Experience'




 


... silent and deadly!




... this third submarine is most notable for it's possible use of the Doomsday Kanyon torpedo. A weapon so terrible- I don't even want to talk about it (read more here)

these excellent illustrations are by Hi Sutton who has lots more at his website 

 

1986 ... B-1B "Lancer"








 

... study your Civil Defense!




... as we all know - the first guys out of the Shelter always get eaten by Giant Mutant Cockroaches... or Zombies!

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1987 ... greetings from Ron!