New documents obtained by the National Security Archive reveal that the US government considered establishing a nuclear weapons storage site in Iceland during the 1950s. The really interesting part? The United States wasn’t going to tell Iceland.
Following World War II, America’s nuclear capability rested with the Boeing B-47 Stratojet—a high-speed precursor to the modern jet airliner. The surprisingly capable strategic bomber carried out nuclear testing responsibilities early in the Cold War, including an absurd vertical looping maneuver to deliver its atomic…
On August 13, 1981, Jay Reid and I made the first SR-71 landing in Continental Europe. It was virtually unannounced—and not particularly welcomed.
The National Security Archive has published what is said to be the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear weapons targets and applied weapons strategy that has ever been declassified. The report includes details plans for purposefully targeting civilian populations and military infrastructure for the…
On Tuesday, a pair of Tu-142 Bears made their way toward the USS Ronald Reagan while the carrier was undertaking drills with South Korean forces, and a quartet of Hornets launched to intercept. Multiple communication attempts went unanswered and the Bears ended up roaring over the USS Ronald Reagan at 500 feet with…
While I might not know what color the boathouse is at Hereford, I sure as hell drove the only Land Rover that was good enough for Judge Dredd. And the military-only 101 Forward Control delivers, up to two tons!
You have probably seen videos of fighter jets operating from long stretches of highway before, but check out these MiG-21 Fishbeds launching and recovering from a grass field!
Last weekend we learned that a four megaton nuclear bomb nearly exploded over North Carolina back in 1961. That would have been terrible for many people, especially the ones that actually live in North Carolina, but it wouldn't have been the end of the world. A year later, the world almost did end.
Only 86 Handley Page Victors were made from 1952 to 1963. Originally designed to be part of the United Kingdom’s airborne nuclear deterrent, these were weird planes.
A lot of Cold War-era Area 51 documents have been declassified and National Geographic has discovered a rather low-tech method the US Military used to fool the Russians. It involved cardboard, the occasional heater and infrared satellites.
Warplanes from both sides of the Cold War stand guard under a blanket of snow outside Berlin's Bundeswehr Air Force Museum. Jets, helicopters, all a reminder of a battle that never took place.
The Valkyrie was a plane decades ahead of its time, pushing the aeronautical engineering of the early 1960s well beyond what had been thought possible. It was even slated to become the world's first nuclear powered bomber.
Outside of Natalia Vodianova, our knowledge of Russian exports starts with Stolichnaya and ends with us trying our Yacoff Smirnoff impression on a pair of late-night beat cops. But this Cold-War era Tupolev Russian ground-effect boat, which sports a nine-cylinder, 365hp radial engine, may be worth broadening our…