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The future we used to have, part 30

It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I thought it about time I added to the series. Photos are now easier to find on the internet, but finding just the right one has become somewhat harder. For some reason, it all appears to be Soviet this time…

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Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Yakovlev Ya-28 Brewer

Yakovlev Ya-28 Brewer

Beriev Be-42 Albatross

Beriev Be-42 Albatross

Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon

Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon

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An Alfa Class submarine

Alfa Class submarine

A port bow view of a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser underway.

Kerch, Kara Class cruiser

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Pyotr Velikiy, Kirov Class battlecruiser

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Smetlivy, Kashin Class destroyer

land

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RT-20 (SS-15 Scrooge) ICBM and mobile launcher

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RT-21 Temp 2s (SS-16 Sinner) ICBM and mobile launcher

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RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20 Saber) and mobile launcher

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OTR-23 Oka (SS-23 Spider) theatre ballistic missile and mobile launcher

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1RL134 (P-19 Danube) radar

1RL134 (P-19 Danube) radar

SNR-75 (Fan Song ) radar

SNR-75 (Fan Song) radar

Saturn (P-35 Bar Lock) radar

Saturn (P-35 Bar Lock) radar

1S12 (P40 Long Track) radar

1S12 (P-40 Long Track) radar


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The future we used to have, part 29

We can look back on the Cold War with fondness now, because it’s not going to be national posturing, missiles or nuclear bombs that are going to do for us all, but climate crash or economic crash. Which doesn’t, of course, mean that scumbag world leaders are not going to lie through their arses in order to justify illegal invasions of sovereign nations who just happened to be on someone’s shit list. But back in the day, NATO and the Warsaw Pact strutted back and forth in front of each other, showing off their military hardware… and a hell of a lot of it was damn cool-looking hardware. Normally, when I touch on the Cold War in these posts, I stick to aircraft, ships, submarines and the occasional rocket. But for this one, it’s all… missiles! Big pointy blowy-uppy things that went whoosh from assorted ships, silos, mobile launchers or fixed launchers. And then went BOOM! I’ve covered the early warning side in earlier posts, but I might do it again in a dedicated post later. Because SAGE. Because Texas Towers.

But, right now, because guided missiles.

Bristol Bloodhound: UK surface to air missile (1958 - 1991)

Bristol Bloodhound: UK surface to air missile (1958 – 1991)

Sea Slug missile: UK surface to air missile carried aboard County class destroyers (1961 - 1991)

Sea Slug missile: carried aboard County class destroyers (1961 – 1991)

Blue Steel - UK nuclear missile, carried by V-bombers (1963 - 1970)

Blue Steel – UK nuclear missile, carried by V-bombers (1963 – 1970)

Douglas Skybolt: US air-launched ballistic missile, bought by the UK but cancelled by the US before it went into service

Douglas Skybolt: US air-launched ballistic missile, bought by the UK but cancelled by the US before it went into service

De Havilland Blue Streak: UK nuclear ballistic missile, never went into service

De Havilland Blue Streak: UK nuclear ballistic missile, never went into service

Nike Hercules: US nuclear surface to air missile (1958 - 1988)

Nike Hercules: US nuclear surface to air missile (1958 – 1988)

Boeing CIM-10 Bomarc: US supersonic interceptor anti-aircraft missile (1959 - 1972)

Boeing CIM-10 Bomarc: US supersonic interceptor anti-aircraft missiles (1959 – 1972)

Thor: US ballistic nuclear missile, deployed in the UK (1959 - 1963)

Thor: US ballistic nuclear missile, deployed in the UK (1959 – 1963)

Atlas: US ICBM (1959 - 1965)

Atlas: US ICBM (1959 – 1965)

Titan I: US ICBM (1959 - 1965)

Titan I: US ICBM (1959 – 1965)

Scud: Soviet, and now Russian, tactical ballistic missile (1957 - present))

Scud: Soviet, and now Russian, tactical ballistic missile (1957 – present))

SS-20 Saber: Soviet, and now Russian, intermediate range ballistic missile (1976- 1988)

SS-20 Saber: Soviet, and now Russian, intermediate range ballistic missile (1976- 1988)


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The future we used to have, part 28

Time for another one of these posts, because it is. Some are real, some never made it off the drawing-board.

air

BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde

BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde (sadly, I never got to fly in one of these)

Tupolev Tu-144

Tupolev Tu-144

Boeing 2707 SST

Boeing 2707 SST

Lockheed L-2000 SST

Lockheed L-2000 SST

sea

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SR.N3

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SR.N4

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SR.N6 (I nearly had the chance to ride in one of these when I was a kid)

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I think I used to have a copy of this

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LR Alvis Stalwart

Alvis Stalwart (I rode in one of these on a visit to SEME at Bordon when I was in the Upper VI)

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Alvis Saladin (I went to uni in Coventry and lived for a year on Fletchamstead Highway, where Alvis would test-drive their tanks at night)

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Scammell heavy haulage tractor and trailer (a relatively common sight on British roads in the 1970s)

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Land Rover County 110 (back in the 1980s my boss had one of these, and I drove it quite often)

space

USAF's Manned Orbiting Laboratory

USAF’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory

Controlled touchdown, probably at Edwards, fpr Gemini spacecraft

Controlled touchdown, probably at Edwards, for Gemini spacecraft

Landing on the Moon using a Gemini spacecraft

Landing on the Moon using a Gemini spacecraft

"Big G" - a proposed 12-man Gemini spacecraft

“Big G” – a proposed 12-man Gemini spacecraft


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The future we used to have, part 27

I’ve not done one of these for ages, so I thought it was about time for another one. More retro-future eye-candy for your delight and delectation…

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Aeroflot_Tupolev_Tu-104B_at_Arlanda,_July_1972

Tupolev Tu-104 “Camel”

Tu-114

Tupolev Tu-114 Poccия “Cleat”

Aeroflot_Tupolev_Tu-124_at_Arlanda,_April_1966

Tupolev Tu-124 “Cookpot”

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Bristol Britannia

sea

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A saturation diver at work

ADS Working

An Atmospheric Diving Suit at work

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A cutaway of Jacques Cousteau’s Conshelf 2 underwater habitat

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DSV-2 Alvin on the ocean floor

land

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Ford Gyron concept car

 

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Holden Hurricane concept car

 

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MAZ 7904 giant Soviet transporter truck

 

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Arktos Craft amphibious all-terrain transport

 

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Three Apollo astronauts in their CM (ASTP, I think)

 

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Alexei Leonov on his space walk (Voskhod 2)

 

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A 1984 Mars mission concept

 

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A Mars lander concept

 


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The future we used to have, part 26

Time for some more retro-futurist eye candy in lieu of intellectual content, because, well, I don’t want to leave it too long between posts here and I can’t at this particular moment in time think of anything intelligent to write. (I’m reserving all that for writing Apollo Quartet 4; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.) Anyway, pictures…

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Monsanto Chemicals’ House of the Future, Disneyland 1957 – 1967

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House of the Future interior

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House of the Future interior

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Interior of a space station

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Another space station interior

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The office of the future?

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Katherine Hepburn in some sort of alien outfit

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Famous film costume designer Edith Head with someone dressed as, er, I’m not sure what

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And this is what that costume looks like in glorious colour…

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Tomorrowland staff at Disneyland. From the 1960s, I think.

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I think this might be from Tomorrowland too, but I’m not sure

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The city of the future

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The city of the future

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The Citroen Karin, a concept car from 1980

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The interior of the Citroen Karin

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Chip-an-Outfit kit from Mass Originals, as featured in my story ‘The Spaceman and the Moon Girl’ (published in Litro #137, Aug 2014)

BuckRogers

Buck Rogers, oven-ready

bed

The bed of the future

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Buick Century Cruiser, a concept car from 1969


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The future we used to have, part 25

I’ve not done one of these for a few weeks, so I thought it about time I did. I’ve themed it on the four elements, and some of the planes, cars, ships you may have seen before. The B-58 has certainly appeared in an earlier post, as have the USS Long Beach, HMS Kent and NS Savannah. But never mind, they’re worth looking at again.

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B58-4

Convair B-58 Hustler

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Douglas D-558 II

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Lockheed U-2

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Lockheed P-2 Neptune

D-188-06

Bell D-188A concept VTOL supersonic fighter prototype

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Mercury launch (Aurora 7)

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Gemini launch (Gemini III)

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Apollo launch (Apollo 15)

Expedition 18 Soyuz TMA-13 Launch

Soyuz launch (Expedition 18)

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Sea launch

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Concept car for US Steel, 1960s

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GM Runabout concept car, 1966

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GM Runabout concept car built-in shopping trolley

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Maserati Boomerang concept car, 1972

Maserati Boomerang interior

water

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USS Long Beach

hms_KENT

HMS Kent, (County class destroyer)

kara_class

Керчь (Kara class cruiser)

N300

Naviplane N300

Savannah-maiden-arr-Philadelphia

NS Savannah


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The future we used to have, part 24

Here’s some twentieth-century somewhat scary techno-porn in lieu of real content, while I (supposedly) work on some new fiction – including Apollo Quartet 4 All That Outer Space Allows – some book reviews, and some non-fiction articles on various science fiction tropes.

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Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter

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Sukhoi Su-15 ‘Flagon’

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Mikoyan MiG-21 ‘Fishbed’

sea

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HMS Kent, a County class destroyer, Royal Navy

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HMS Victorious, Royal Navy

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Alfa class hunter/killer submarine, Red Navy

land

atomproofcity

Atom Proof City, from Look Magazine, 26 October 1948

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Missile Control Centre in a Minuteman II silo

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Blast door, NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain