Airborne Awesomosity, Atomic Hangovers

Antiquity in the Age of the Atom – Douglas A-1 Skyraider

This picture is from 21 years after WWII

 

During the Cold War the atom changed everything or did it. Some things age like a fine wine, cheese, or technology.

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Atomic Hangovers

The Cold War That Wasn’t – The Hiller Pawnee

I sniped you!

Look Ma no wires!

There are some ideas that are just so nineteen fifties that you expect Sid Ceaser to jump out of the screen while you read about it. This is one of them.

 

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Airborne Awesomosity

The Cold War That Wasn’t – The Turboprop B-52

Can you sharpen pencils with it?

The original B-52 design study

The B-52 was originally going to be a turboprop aircraft and not the plane we know today. Let’s look at the implications of what this would have changed.

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Atomic Awesome

The Cold War That Wasn’t – Why call it a SLAM when its a slow kill?

Not an actual image but you knew that

Image from Bisbos.dom

The Supersonic Low Altitude Missile has been featured on this site before back in 2010. It’s just time to dredge it up for the Cold War that wasn’t for a darned good reason.

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Airborne Awesomosity

Atomic Fission – The Lockheed XF-90 An Arrow to the Heart of the Enemy

Lockheed XF-90

 

The Lockheed XF-90 was one of the beautiful designs of the Cold War. Although like most fighters of the era it was underpowered and heavy but as with most things in life you can get away with murder when you look this good.

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Airborne Awesomosity

Atomic Fission – When The Nuke Needs To Be There Yesterday:The Convair B-58 Hustler

Convair B-58 Hustler

 

During the cold war we found that the best way a bomber could penetrate enemy defenses was to go higher and faster the defenses of the day. With this in mind the US Air Force accepted one of the better bombers of its time period that most people have never heard of. Capable of mach two while flying above sixty thousand feet, the B-58 showed the way to the future.

 

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Atomic Hangovers

Atomic Fission – The Davy Crockett nuclear rifle

Davy Crockett tactical nuclear rifle

Happy Independence Day America – Let’s split some atoms and rerun some old stories. See we’re taking one old story and creating a second burst of energy.

On the atomic battlefield of the fifties stood many unusual weapons. When you look back in hindsight you will question the decision makers of the day. Among these stood a manned portable tactical nuclear rifle.  Known as the Davy Crockett they would be placed up and down the western European front lines.  Ready to irradiate the land and stop the Ruskies from crossing into Europe at a moments notice.

 

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Airborne Awesomosity, Big Complicated Machines

The Cold War That Wasn’t – The Convair YB-60

When I grow up I'm gonna ride a nuke from your bomb bay down onto the ground

A young “cowboy”, the son of a member of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, looks over the Convair built YB-60 during its visit at Edwards from the Fort Worth, Texas, plant. 1953 – From Wikipedia

The early Cold War years were a time of experimentation and discovery. You know like your college years. It was also a time when companies just tried to extend the lives of their older aircraft or threw some incredibly oddball stuff out there in hopes it would work. These are their stories.

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Top Gun – F-14, like a Phoenix rising from swept wings

If an enemy sees a Tomcat this close then things were over an hour ago

Here we are with the star of the show.  An aircraft with a rather odd little history. Top Gun single handed made this aircraft a star and probably extended its self life.  So let’s dig in.

 

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Military Surplus, Military-Grade Awesome

Top Gun – The movie makers Mig of choice

Can you name all the movies that F-5's have pretended to be Migs? I can't.

Formation of three aggressor F-5E aircraft of the 527th TFTS, RAF Alconbury, U.K., on Jan. 15, 1983. (U.S. Air Force photo)

No aircraft signifies fake MiG’s more than the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter in Hollywood.  During the late seventies and up until early nineties it would be featured in countless movies as the enemy. Naturally the truth is stranger than fiction on several levels.

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