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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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Atomic Fission – The Davy Crockett nuclear rifle

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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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Top Gun is thirty

 

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It’s been thirty years since Top Gun first premiered. Now that you feel nice and old then lets go back to remembering those fun years when nuclear devastation hung over our head.
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We Still Like You

Likely some of you have noticed that not only has the site been slow, but now you can’t even comment on the posts that are there! We do apologize for the troubles and hope to have it all sorted soon. It seems that some of the seedier elements of the webs got their […]

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Droning On

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Drones are like, the future man, but occasionally they can take some cool pictures of old stuff too. (As an off topic aside, anyone remember when drones were just called radio-controlled aircraft?) Up in Washington state there is a leftover nuclear power plant project, never completed.

Construction on Satsop, Washington’s nuclear power plant began in 1977 and stopped in 1983 after the project ran out of money. The reactor was never brought online, and the shell of it has been sitting there ever since. It has been set to be demolished since 1995, but as you can see, that never happened. (motherboard)

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Get to Work!

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Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes, the bear makes you work a Saturday. Speaking of bears, enjoy a video called “Red Moon”, a short film about a Soviet submarine captain who just might be a werewolf. This film was directed by Jimmy Marble of California-based production company Sirocco Research Labs.

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Every Nuke Test In The World

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On July 16, 1945 in the New Mexico desert the world was introduced to a new kind of weapon. One that caused J. Robert Oppenheimer to quote the Bhagavad Gita and say, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” It was both a triumphal test — the culmination of years of work by thousands of people — and the opening of a Pandora’s box. After that test, the world would be a different place. After that test, the world would be a scarier place.

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One World or None

At a place called Atomic Toasters, we can’t help but be intrigued by the various propaganda films from the atomic age of the Cold War, both for and against this source of power and weaponry. This film, produced by the National Committee on Atomic Information in 1946 attempts to portray both the horrors of atomic war, and the multi-cultural nature of the discovery of the particles and principles that make up atomic theory. According to the Internet Archive, this film, “made only one year after the end of the Second World War, it is thought to be the first “atomic scare movie”, a genre which would flourish in the U.S. throughout the next decade.”

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You Dropped a Bomb on Me!

One early spring morning back in 1958, a B-47 from Hunter Air Force Base, located outside of Savannah, Georgia took to the skies, bound for bonny England. The mission was part of Operation Snow Flurry, a “Unit Simulated Combat Mission and Special Weapons Exercise.” Making up the flight crew were Capt. Earl Koehler, pilot; Capt. Charles Woodruff, co-pilot; Capt. Bruce Kulka, navigator/bombardier; and crew chief Sgt. Robert Screptock. The ‘special’ weapon, as you might guess, was a nuclear bomb, the Mark 6. The aircraft, along with 3 others from the 375th Bombardment Squadron, was going to carry the weapon with them on the trip to Bruntingthorpe Air Base, England, and conduct a practice bomb run over England before landing to end an 18 hour day. However, the mission did not exactly work out as planned, and the bomb never made it out of the United States. In fact, you might say it became a pemanent fixture in the landscape.

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The House in the Middle

In 1954, the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association and the National Clean Up – Paint Up – Fix Up Bureau got together with the Federal Civil Defense Administration to produce this propaganda gem. Model houses were built in the desert and exposed to atomic blasts to show the effect of the heat from those explosions on the common home. The narrator questions, “What do these tests prove?” Then he kindly provides the answer–“Many things!” If you practice good houskeeping–civil defense housekeeping–like a clean yard and a fresh coat of paint (or two), your home just might survive an atomic last without getting burned to a crisp!

The National Archives gives this description:

Atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds (later the Nevada Test Site) show effects on well-kept homes, homes filled with trash and combustibles, and homes painted with reflective white paint. Asserts that cleanliness is an essential part of civil defense preparedness and that it increased survivability. Selected for the 2002 National Film Registry of “artistically, culturally, and socially significant” films.

Hit the jump and take a look at just what you can do today for a safer and better prepared tomorrow!

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