1981 ... it's called 'satire'

... clever send-up of the "new Sheriff in town" Pres. Ronald Reagan. Obvious reference to one of Reagan's more ridiculous movies: 'Bedtime For Bonzo'.

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1963 ... Blue Steel away!

... as Strategic Air Forces struggled to cope with better and better ground launched guided missiles; the concept of 'stand-off' weapons emerged. The 'Blue Steel" air launched missile was one such solution developed by the British RAF. 

The 'Blue Steel' carried a 'Red Snow' H-bomb. Not to be confused with the 'Yellow Sun' which was the same H-bomb fitted into a gravity bomb casing. I have always thought the British pre-occupation with naming their strategic weapons with some sort of obscure color-code was strange. But they may have felt that American names for weapons like the 'Davey Crockett' or the 'Navajo' were just as eccentric. 


1958 ... Nikita's new toy!

... Nikita Khrushchev gets picked as 'Time's Man of the Year for getting the first satellite into outer-space. Proving that the USSR was not as technologically backward as analysts had wanted to believe. If Khrushchev  had rockets big enough to put satellites in orbit - he had rockets big enough to throw H-bombs at the USA.

Many people talk of how they saw Sputnik passing over in the night sky ( like a bright fast moving star). What they actually saw was not the satellite, which was too small to see, but the final rocket-booster stage which was much larger and accompanied it into orbit. Good thinking Comrade!

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... rare, medium or well done?

... looks to be a nuclear bomb arming-set switch. Possibly used on 'tactical' fighter aircraft. Note the choices of ground- burst or air-burst and the metal flanges acting as a simple 'holy-shit' safety on the selector.

A 'ground-burst' of a nuke from such a small, low-flying aircraft would involve a 'lay-down' of the weapon with a parachute and soft landing. A timer would delay detonation until the aircraft had gotten a safe distance away. Always gets my imagination going: cut to scene of elderly babushka lady cursing and beating with rake on H-bomb that has landed on her prize turnips.


... safe in their bunker-turret-thing!

... another untraceable illustration of a creepy future-war.

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1949 ... XC-99

... when you build the world's biggest airplane - it gives you strange ideas! The Convair company was busily cranking out the B-36 'Peacemaker' (Gigadinosaurous Strategicus) and began to think; what else can you do with such a large airplane besides drop atomic bombs on people's heads? 

One answer was the XC-99; a cargo and troop carrier version of the strategic bomber. Another idea was to create the world's first Jumbo-Jet Prop airliner. One military cargo version was built. Sadly no commercial airliners were ever ordered; with hot and cold running martinis and wall to wall sirloin steaks.

top photo: XC-99 which saw a lot of service during the Korean War
other photo: observer sits in former gunner's bubble making sure both wings are still on.


1954 ... sewing up the curtain!

... as USSR long range bombers continue to be tested and brought into service the USA scrambles to complete a reliable and comprehensive system to warn of attack by aircraft.

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... check out the old posts!

'Blogs' are weird. They load from the top down. So there is a lot of great stuff way back in the earlier 'pages' of Atomic Annihilation. There is a listing of posts by year and month on the right side.

... super-duper war!

... have no idea what context these illustrations were originally done for. But they are totally cool and I'm going to be playing this in my basement with my friends right after school.

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"... what are you lookin' at!"

... actor Slim Pickens takes a break during the filming of the iconic bomb riding scene of 1964's 'Dr. Strangelove'


"... to say nothing of nuclear weapons!"

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... get prepared!

... Bosnia & Herzegovina?

... previously I mentioned that there was a very large spike in the number of our friends in Russia tuning into this blog. Sadly; as soon as I mentioned this, the tune in precipitously  dropped off. But China has come online! (this site was previously blocked in the PRC).

Now it seems that Bosnia & Herzegovina are the big new viewers; with equal numbers to all of us Yankees in the USA.

... just to clarify things; when I refer to my agents 'Boris and Natasha' that's these guys

... they are opposed by these US agents: 'Honey West and Maxwell Smart'

2016 ... everything you want to know about Nuclear Weapons!

1982 ... one megaton blast above London

... well made - basically accurate - step by step analysis of how a nuclear weapon will permanently ruin your day! Keep in mind this is a reference to a one megaton weapon. At the time the USSR regularly fielded warheads ten times that size!

... Editor's Note:

... recent domestic and international developments have moved conflict between the Superpowers and the horror of Nuclear War uncomfortably back into the forefront of people's minds. It makes the serious-humor-nostalgic theme of 'Atomic-Annihilation' a little harder to maintain. But even as we enlarge our bunker to much deeper levels of bedrock, we will soldier on and try to put the happiest face on the end of the world we can manage!

... seriously; this blog (besides being a lot of fun for the sick and warped) - is a good resource for a lot of very relevant and important information for you and your loved ones.