Atomic Awesome

Man Made Lightning

Nuclear explosions are known to have some occasional side effects, not all of which could exactly be classified as advantageous. Some of the effects however, don’t really have all that much bearing on the final outcome, and we only know about them thanks to high speed photography. Lightning bolts out of nuclear clouds is [...]

Moments in History

The Difference of a Year

Berlin Wall TIME Magazine 1962

This year passed a quite milestone, for it always seems that 51 is never quite the event that 50 makes. A single year can make quite a difference in the ways of the world though. Our very own engineerd™ gave us this retrospective last year on the statement that the simple technology [...]

Atomic Hangovers

One World or None

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 [...]

Military-Grade Awesome

Expand Your Radar Horizons (Part Deux)


In order to expand the radar early warning picket line out into the Atlantic, the US Air Force undertook a project to mount shore based radar systems on offshore platforms. Because of their similarity to the oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, they were known as the Texas Towers. A week-ish (or so) [...]

Airborne Awesomosity, Go-Fast Technology, Military-Grade Awesome

Sud-Ouest SO.9000 Trident

Trident I

I knew I was never getting a date in high school when the pretty girl who sat beside me in grade ten math class caught me drawing pictures of the Sud-Ouest SO 9000 Trident.


Airborne Awesomosity, Go-Fast Technology

Leduc 0.10

Leduc 0.10 in flight

Leduc 0.10 in flight

Atomic Toasters’ editorial staff are big fans of early American and British Jet-Age aircraft; and rightly so, given the extraordinary machines they produced. However, we tend to overlook another innovative power of that era: France.


Idiotic or Inspired?

Coffee Talk

Coffee 1

It is Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! here at the house of Speed, and like most mornings I am starting the day with my delicious friend coffee. Did somebody say coffee? How about a 60′s history of coffee!


Military-Grade Awesome

Expand Your Radar Horizons (Part 1)


Upon the conclusion of WWII, the US, and her allies that became NATO, quickly found themselves in an accelerating arms race with the evil superpower nemesis that was the USSR. In the beginning of what became the Cold War, much of the tactics and strategy revolved around expanding the lessons and technology that won [...]

Atomic Hangovers

You Dropped a Bomb on Me!

Mars Bluff Bomb 1

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 [...]


Boys’ Life: Pyro-Techniques

35 Boys' Life Pic 1-1

How would you like to design your own planes, without all that pesky mess about an engineering degree and being certified and blah, blah, blah? Well the Pyro Company has just the thing for you! In this ad from a 1960 Boys’ Life magazine, see just what you can do with this [...]