Tag Archives: Cold War
The Devil’s Lawn Dart
If you remember lawn darts, then you remember dangerous, heavy pointy sticks with a few fins that you would throw at a target for fun. They were dangerous if used improperly, and really didn’t do much else other than fly in a straight line. This, then, is a perfect analogy for the Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon […]
Dear (Honest) John
The advent of powerful battlefield rocket artillery and the miniaturization of nuclear warheads resulted in the birth of the tactical nuclear missile in the 1950s. Taking artillery to the “nth” power, this class of weapon was quickly and widely fielded by both sides in the Cold War. One of the most famous of these was […]
Swift maybe, but still not all there!
When the engineers at Supermarine (producer of the legendary Spiftire) tried to rescue their oh-so portly and pedestrian Attacker from utter mediocrity, they did so by adapting what was all the aeronautical rage at the time; swept wings and tricycle landing gear. While this may not sound like much of a stretch, it was, and […]