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Old 15-06-2009, 07:24 AM   #41
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This is another good nuclear war movie. I finally found it on Google. This is one of HBOs first movies that it sponsored. Its called "Countdown to Looking Glass". For those who do not know what "Looking Glass" is the code name for an airborne command center currently operated by the U.S. Navy. It provides command and control of U.S. nuclear forces in the event that ground-based command centers are destroyed or otherwise rendered inoperable. The Looking Glass was initiated by the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command in 1961 and operated by the 2nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron. It is stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. This is also the home for all of Strategic Air Command.


This is how the process works with "Looking Glass"
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Old 17-06-2009, 02:11 AM   #42
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This where everything happens. This photo was declassified. Its the console to launch a Minuteman II missile from the 1980s.A Minuteman squadron consists of 50 missiles,divided into five flights with 10 missiles a piece. The LCC officer will have a similar console. They will get their Permissive Action Links codes to release of the missile.Once the message has been verified as authentic, the officers begin to carry out which ever preplanned operation the message is directing them to complete. This typically includes bringing their missiles to launch readiness (or, in the case of a drill, performing simulations of doing this) and either executing a predetermined plan at a specific time, or awaiting further instructions. These codes are locked away in a safe.This console has the ability to launch 10 missiles with about 3-5 warheads each missile. It also controls the security alarms if anyone entered the perimeter.Both men will turn their keys at the same time in order to launch their misiles.

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Old 19-06-2009, 08:12 AM   #43
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Blast-Door Art:

This is the cave art of the 20th century. These are 8 inch blast doors that protect the launch crews in their pod from a nuclear exploson. They have a lot of time on their hands and what they do is paint on blast doors .These are absolutely beautiful and they have a tounge in cheek sense of humor. They really keep in the tradition of nose art on airplanes.

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Old 27-09-2009, 03:29 PM   #44
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I can remember a 'one-off' story that appeared in a British comic {Star Wars I think} around '79/80 that shared the same title.
From what I recall the main characters were a man & his young son living a normal suburban existance but with the impending threat of the ' Threads' hanging over them. What the 'Threads' were was never explained but I can vividly remember the artwork of the story becoming increasingly greyer as the situation worsened & them watching a t.v broadcast {featuring the P.M i think} saying that all hope was lost etc.
I think the story ended with the page completely grey & the text reading something like ' ... and the threads continued to fall until everything was still and without life '.
Interestingly there was no mention of any nuclear war in the story & it had a definate sci-fi / other worldliness about it instead.

Scared the hell out of me as a kid too ! ...
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Old 27-09-2009, 09:33 PM   #45
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'Thread', in the singular, featured in the Pern Series of novels by Anne McCaffrey. It fell from space and would destroy anything in its path except rock. It could only be destroyed by fire, which was why the dragons were bred
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Slideshow of blast door art here: http://observatory.designobserver.co...ml?entry=6697#
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Old 28-09-2009, 07:55 AM   #47
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Its nicer if you see them up close

Those blast doors are 8 tons and off a decomissioned Minuteman II silo. The new blast doors are 10 tons to gurantee survival of the missileer crew inside their "pod".

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Old 28-09-2009, 09:11 AM   #48
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Its nicer if you see them up close

Those blast doors are 8 tons and off a decomissioned Minuteman II silo. The new blast doors are 10 tons to gurantee survival of the missileer crew inside their "pod".
This is what a missile LCC "pod" looks like

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