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.