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This Old Nuclear Bunker Now Staffed By Mannequins - Slate

The Old Nuclear Bunker Now Staffed by Mannequins

BLOG: When the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic device in 1949, U.S. policymakers and concerned citizens alike pressed for more preparedness for a potential nuclear blast within U.S. territory. The national Office of Civilian (Civil) Defense in Washington took on the primary role in developing programs to educate the public about the potential nuclear threat and coordinate local, state, and national efforts to prepare for it. In Florida, state government was highly involved as well.

BLOG: When the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic device in 1949, U.S. policymakers and concerned citizens alike pressed for more preparedness for a potential nuclear blast within U.S. territory. The national Office of Civilian (Civil) Defense in Washington took on the primary role in developing programs to educate the public about the potential nuclear threat and coordinate local, state, and national efforts to prepare for it. In Florida, state government was highly involved as well.

Sixty years on, the B-52 is still going strong... The iconic aircraft of the Cold War made its debut flight on 15 April  1952. The Air Force says the bomber could easily still be flying in the year 2040. I recall on a flight from Chicago to Dallas, the pilot alerting us to a B-52 being refueled in mid-air off to our right... about 5k above us. What a sight... and then again watching a wave of them high over Viet Nam back in the day... I was at 10k and they were at least 35k overhead.

Sixty years on, the B-52 is still going strong

Sixty years on, the B-52 is still going strong... The iconic aircraft of the Cold War made its debut flight on 15 April 1952. The Air Force says the bomber could easily still be flying in the year 2040. I recall on a flight from Chicago to Dallas, the pilot alerting us to a B-52 being refueled in mid-air off to our right... about 5k above us. What a sight... and then again watching a wave of them high over Viet Nam back in the day... I was at 10k and they were at least 35k overhead.

Two primary methods of nuclear weapons dispersal in one dramatic shot together: Martin Marietta Titan I missile with B-52 Stratofortress - Ellsworth AFB, S.D. C. 1962

Two primary methods of nuclear weapons dispersal in one dramatic shot together: Martin Marietta Titan I missile with B-52 Stratofortress - Ellsworth AFB, S.D. C. 1962

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