The transition from the dieselic period to the atomian period was accompanied by a sudden vast extinction of sky-borne craft. Never again will the world see these blocky beauties soar among the clouds.
Artists: Hélène Ourabah & Christophe Huet. Click on the picture for a larger version.
On November 9, 1989 Europe changed by the opening of the Berlin wall. There the Cold War ended with a fizzle. We who were there, who watched the events unfold, rejoiced at the fall of Moscow’s despotism.
Yes, the US Air Force did experiment with jet-propelled flying saucers in the 1950s. But it turned out to be a poor design when it came to aerodynamics. Link >>>
In the beginning of the 1950s, the United States military built a major air base in the icy wastes of Greenland. Quite a feat with the technology available 60 years ago. This enthusiastic period documentary tells how and why.
I continue looking at documentaries about the Soviet/Russian space programmes of yesteryear. Mir was their first attempt of establishing a permanent presence in space.
A documentary about the Vostok cosmonauts in the early 1960s. Plenty of interviews with those chaps who explain what it was like to join the top-secret space programme.
During the Cold War, top-notch scientists and engineers in the United States developed plans for a interplanetary spacecraft, called the Orion, which was to be propelled by a string of nuclear explosions, hundreds or thousands of them. Project Orion’s first target was — unsurprisingly — Mars. BBC has made a documentary on the story.