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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Airborne Awesomosity

Spinning A Tale The B-45 Tornado

Of note is how Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt are not flying this aircraft

North American B-45 Tornado

During the early years of the Cold War there were many aircraft that went into and out of service quickly.  The B-45 was one of these aircraft who served her country well albeit briefly.

 

 

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Bearing Down: A Return to the Cold War?

During the Cold War, America’s air defense network could count on a few things. First, that they would see Soviet aircraft flying on the very edge of our airspace. Second, those aircraft would be the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear or one of its variants. Once the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990s, these flybys started to dwindle. In fact, by 2009 the US was considering an incursion by Russian aircraft something strange; not routine. However, as Russia seeks to re-enter the superpower club, it has been doing a little saber rattling lately. Over the last few years, the US and Europe have been reporting more and more incursions of Russian aircraft over our northern borders. That aircraft is the same as its ever been, the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear.
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