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!




1986 ... Soviet Civil Defense!



... more from this endless series of Soviet Civil Defense posters. No way around it; digging slit trenches and then covering them with a layer of earth looks way too much like digging your own grave!

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1950 ... "How to Protect Yourself in an Atomic Attack"



... Grim - that was the mood of Civil Defense advice at the start of the Cold War. Five short years after the end of WW2 and many people felt that an atomic slug-fest with the 'Reds' was inevitable.

Here's a helpful film to prepare us for what is coming in 1951 - in grim black and white narrated grimly by Edward R. Murrow.

1946 ... "the wing will fly!"


... the swirl of controversy and regret about the Flying Wing and it's ill-fate attempt to become America's first true intercontinental bomber will never fade! Plenty of evil doing and dooers by Convair and corrupt politicians. But the long and short of it was that without modern computerized controls the tailess design would have been hell to control at the high altitudes that would be required for the nuclear mission.


90 min docu. tells the whole dramatic tale.


 

1958 ... cold-war soap opera!



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1953 ... "blowin' the chickens around the barnyard!"


... results of a fun little project of my photo-illustration work. In cooperation with professional model maker Guy Pernetti and diorama artist extraordinaire Michael Paul Smith. LINK

... not that this sort of thing didn't really happen!




 

... USSR: CD practice!


... this looks like one of those "insert caption here!" contests.


 

1954 ... a fine pickle!


... I think this is a fictional account; but no doubt inspired by the run-away Castle-Bravo test earlier in 1954 - LINK


 

1955 ... stuff of nightmares!


... Operation Teapot: Turk shot, 43 kiloton - Nevada testing site.

... many more: LINK





... bring US your Mig!


...Korean War leaflet dropped by America 'behind enemy lines' offering a reward for Communist pilots willing to defect - with their aircraft. 
 (including example of happy Soviet pilot that did)

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1960 ... Bell XF-109




 

1954 ... a big ol' son 'a bitch!


... the Mk-17 was the first mass-produced American Hydrogen bomb. At over 25 feet in length and weighing 21 tons it could only be carried by the B-36 bomber (shown here).

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... B-52 - sunset - slight bank to starboard


... recent examples of my illustration work.


... you may purchase prints of my work here