But I remember that we were in negotiations with the Russians when we did this. It really strengthened our negotiating position.
Unlike today when our statement department gives away the farm.
Pucker factor for the crew was probably high.
What is to stop Iran/China/Russia from doing the same thing to the US ?
I remember the test. It was the predecessor of all sorts of things: the Pegasus air launched orbital vehicle, the soon to be Stratolaunch vehicle, White Knight One and Two, and probably a lotta stuff we ain't heard about...for good reason.
Seems perfectly normal to me.
Bring the GAM-87 Skybolt back from mouthballs. Just replace the guidance with GPS.
maybe we can get astronauts to the ISS that way? lol
Poland and Hungary should get some of these.
C5s are huge. I walked through one during a base open house and it was enormous. I was maybe ten so I didn’t exactly have an adult’s perspective but nevertheless, it was huge and since it was a SAC base, the B52s were off in the distance guarded by MPs so I didn’t have anything close to compare them with. As an adult, I tried to get into a B52 on static display at Travis, we got in the bomb bay but didn’t relish having the MPs escort us off the base or worse, tell my father. The point though is that the B52 although still enormous, wasn’t as big as I remembered.
If the Minuteman was capable from flying from Vandenberg to the USSR, the C5 could only add to the range and it was mobile!
I miss the Cold War. At least then we knew where the enemy was (Moscow) not (Washington DC).
And then it goes in the book under field expedient contengiencies.
You know, there are some meetings that it would’ve been a lot of fun to be a fly on the wall. This was likely one of them.
Another one would’ve been the meeting where somebody first proposed mounting 105 howitzer in a C-130...
“So let me get this straight... Wait... You wanna... what... Again?”
They suggested putting cruise missiles on rotary launchers inside 747s once, too. The Russian said that would make all 747s targets. The idea, while cool, was dropped.
It may have been dropped, but I think the whole point of the exercise was to show the other side that we could.
Russia and China does not need to do this...
Instead they BUY and OWN democrats.. and some RINOs...