Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cold Warriors

This story about the Navy's latest unmanned drone aircraft is pretty cool and I nearly posted about it last week but meh. Just another step towards a Skynet style enslavement of mankind.

However today I ran across the video below which paired with the story above is amazing and shows just how far our military has advanced in the last 25 years.

link may be NSFW:

What you just watched is an example of a by-gone era of military readiness. The launching of SAC bombers and tankers as quickly as possible in the event that a Russian ICBM was heading towards their base. I was lucky enough as a kid to see the B-52 bomber take off and land several times and it was quite an experience. By the way, in SAC speak BUFF stands for Big Ugly Fat Fucker (Fellow if ladies are in attendance). Sad to think that most of these amazing aircraft and the entire SAC facility in this video are a distant memory now long gone.

If you want to see a dramatized version of what our "stand off" bomber practices were at the end of the Cold War then I highly recommend the 1990 movie By Dawn's Early Light. It scared the hell out of me as a kid, I only lived 20 miles from a SAC base....

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