Over at Popular Mechanics, Kyle Mizokami reports that Russia is developing a rail-mounted system of mobile ICBMs that will constantly rove the country, making “the country’s nuclear arsenal more mobile and thus more difficult to locate in wartime.” Fantastic idea. But it’s hardly a new idea. The Peacekeeper Rail Garrison Car Program was developed by […]
Cutaway drawings of structures related to military use.
A gorgeous noir-like cutaway of an atomic pile by Alexander Leydenfrost. But why does the drawing look so vague and devoid of details? Partially, that was the Leydenfrost style. His Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel cutaway drawing shows that he emphasized moody shadows and light over the cool and the technical. But mainly, at the time of this […]
Artist unknown, as this was a tossed-off illustration in the middle of a Popular Science, but what interested me: This is one helluva massive radio station. It’s still around. It’s called the Jim Creek Naval Radio Station, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation tells us: One of the world’s most powerful transmitters, this million […]
Its proper name was the Mark VII Attack Teacher and it was housed in a 3 story building in New London, CT. In an age before computers could process graphics, vehicle and nautical simulations had to be done with models. Trainees sat in a submarine mockup on the second floor, with a periscope jutting up […]
This Quonset hut-style hospital was kept inflated by compressed air from a utility unit. Standing 20 x 52 feet, this portable hospital’s utility unit provided the positive air flow, power, heat, hot and cold water, and most welcome in the Southeast Asia jungles–air conditioning. Note: poor alignment of pages cuts off part of structure. Click […]
This cutaway, drawn by Rolf Klep in 1952, is of a $2 million, 225 foot diameter steel hull built in Schenectady, NY. Essentially, it was a spherical proving ground for an atomic engine that would be installed in a submarine. GE scientists would have: Built the engine. Encased that engine in a section of submarine […]
The Titan II Missile Underground Launch Complex (Large Image) is classic Cold War-era cutaway stuff. At the Titan Missile Museum in Arizona, you can tour the entire facility. As their brochure states: The Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was the first liquid propellant missile that could be launched from underground. Equipped with a nine-megaton […]