Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex | Via
A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it’s just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly architectural structures that the civilian world only rarely sees.
The Library of Congress has an extraordinary set of images documenting the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota, showing it in various states of construction and completion.
Taken for the U.S. government by photographer Benjamin Halpern, the particular images seen here show the central pyramid—pyramid, obelisk, monument, megastructure: whatever you want to call it—that served as the site’s missile control building. Like the eye of Sauron crossed with Giza, it looks in all directions, its all-seeing white circles staring endlessly at invisible airborne objects across the horizon.
A B-52 Stratofortress aircraft is silhouetted against the sun as it flies over the cloud-covered ocean.
F-4 escorting a Bear.
During the Cold War, Bears would often patrol border regions of the US and NATO countries, testing their air defenses and monitoring military equipment and ongoing military exercises.
Taken from Lauren Orchowski’s Rocket Science, a collection of Cold War-era rocket ship playgrounds photographed throughout North America, 2004-2010
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Dayglo B47 Stratojet at Monthan
Tom Baillie © 10 September 1968
Tupolev Tu-16 fotografiado en los años de la guerra fria…
Convair advertisement, 1953
via Paul Malon
The amazing Sukhoi T-4 bomber, the Soviet Union’s answer to the North American XB-70A Valkyrie
Abandoned Russian Submarine Base | Balaklava, Crimean peninsula
The base remained operational after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 until 1993 when the decommissioning process started. In 1996, the last Russian submarine left the base, which is now open to the public for guided tours.
“The Dornier Do 31 E3 VSTOL aircraft. At the beginning of the 1960’s NATO asked for a military short take-off and landing battlefield zone aircraft, which should operate independently of runways but from fast prepared small fields” (via)
North American XB-70A Valkyrie in flight with wings drooped to 65 percent position. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Duck And Cover!
Newsweek August 24, 1953
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