The official AHF Cold War quiz thread

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Re: The official AHF post-WW2 quiz thread

Post by Ironmachine » 18 Sep 2010 16:15

It's the U.S. Navy, after all... :wink:

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Post by Wilhelm_Klave » 16 Nov 2010 22:45

Ironmachine wrote:Thanks, Waleed.
This not-very-clear picture is the only known photo of a scandalous incident in a Navy. What happened?
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In July 1975, Connelly D. Stevenson commander of USS Finback permitted a 23 year old go-go dancer to dance topless onboard the sub, probably to raise morale. Some newspapers also reported that he gave the dancer a goodbye kiss. Word got out and he got dismissed.

Unless I'm mistaken and the US Navy had multiple strip-scandals in its nuclear fleet. ;)

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Post by Polar bear » 20 Dec 2010 13:56

hi, all,

is this Cold war quiz thread cold, too ?

greetings, the pb
Peace hath her victories no less renowned than War
(John Milton, the poet, in a letter to the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652)

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Re: The official AHF Cold War quiz thread

Post by Ironmachine » 20 Dec 2010 17:13

Oh, I haven't noticed that Wilhelm_Klave had given the correct answer to my question... :oops:
Over to him, even if somewhat late! :lol:

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Re: The official AHF Cold War quiz thread

Post by Robb » 01 Jan 2011 08:53

Hi Wilhelm,

Would you like to post a question for us?
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Post by Marcus » 16 Dec 2011 20:06

What was Operation Plainfare?

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Post by Helmut0815 » 02 Jan 2012 18:59

Marcus Wendel wrote:What was Operation Plainfare?
It was the british contribution to the Berlin airlift.

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Post by Marcus » 06 Jan 2012 22:31

Correct, the question is yours.

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Post by Helmut0815 » 06 Jan 2012 22:53

In the fifties the US launched a project for a nuclear superweapon, a nightmare so bizarre and insane that it could have come directly from Dr. Strangeloves brain.
What was the name of this project, cancelled in 1964?


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Re: The official AHF Cold War quiz thread

Post by Mark V » 22 Jan 2012 22:43

Helmut0815 wrote:In the fifties the US launched a project for a nuclear superweapon, a nightmare so bizarre and insane that it could have come directly from Dr. Strangeloves brain.
What was the name of this project, cancelled in 1964?

Project Pluto / Vought SLAM

http://www.voughtaircraft.com/heritage/ ... /slam.html

An nuclear ramjet powered supersonic cruise missile that spewed radioactive fallout from tailpipe, and followed preprogrammed course to eject multiple thermonuclear warheads along its route. When all bombs were ejected it could had been programmed to fly around in circles in densely populated enemy heartland, like days, spewing radionuclides, and in the end of reactor lifetime to dive to some city turning it inhabitable wasteland for thousands of years.

Americans did not find large enough testing range for it, and so program was dumped. Whole span of Pacific Ocean was too small and densely populated area for peacetime testing of Pluto :-).

Maybe some USAAF generals thought that it was also bit overkill - remember these were the guys who build SAC air armada, stated that Titan II could carry 50Mt warhead if needed, and wanted whole Midwest US drilled with Minuteman silos, lamenting the puny 1000 missile McNamara program....So you needed some REAL horror to make them flinch :)

Few nuclear ramjet engine prototypes were fired for couple seconds in Nevada test site, the engine being rolled in rail tracks to its permanent nuclear waste bunker immediately after test....

Dr. Strangelove would had LOVED that weapon !


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Re: The official AHF Cold War quiz thread

Post by Helmut0815 » 22 Jan 2012 23:04

Mark V wrote:Dr. Strangelove would had LOVED that weapon !
Indeed! You're right, it is project Pluto: http://www.merkle.com/pluto/pluto.html

Next question is yours.

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Post by Mark V » 22 Jan 2012 23:32

Image

Agena target vehicle was the star of Gemini space program, serving as docking target while developing procedures and training for Apollo programs space vehicle dockings.

But it was not the job that Agena vehicle was designed for ?


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Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 24 Jan 2012 19:50

Developed by Lockheed initially for the canceled WS-117L reconnaissance satellite program...?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RM-81_Agena


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Post by Mark V » 05 Feb 2012 22:01

OK. I accept that.

Agena was an workhorse of early US photo-recce satellite program. It was full fledged spacecraft with 3-axis controllability. Basically Americans just strapped the current evolution of camera and film return system to Agena, and had an photo-recce satellite.

Your turn.

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Re: The official AHF Cold War quiz thread

Post by Aufklarung » 29 Dec 2012 18:43

Hi

After 10+ months; I'm stepping in! :lol:

Name that plane.

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