Friday Cold War Update

7 06 2013

It’s been a while since we’ve posted some Cold War history stuff.  Let’s have a look at a couple of items recently discovered by the RttRL staff.

First up, we have a very unusual tourist destination in Ukraine:  Chernobyl.  As in, THAT Chernobyl (is there any other?).

On 26 April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what is now Ukraine but was formerly and at the time known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic suffered a catastrophic explosion during a planned systems test.  The rupture of the reactor caused a fire which spread radioactive smoke across the local region and parts of Europe.

Curious what the long-abandoned nearby town of Pripyat looks like these days? Well now you can take a tour of parts of it.  Check out the pictures from the Chernobyl tour website:

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I’m sure this was posed for effect – it works:

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Next up we have a nice vintage clip or two of a C-130 Hercules, of the aerial refueler tanker variety, landing on an aircraft carrier without the usual benefits of the arresting hook and wire system to slow the aircraft down, or the steam-driven catapult system which usually launches them airborne:

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On “North Korea Threatens the U.S. Again” Cartoons

3 04 2013

We spotted an interesting bit in the poll results on the article illustrated with cartoonist David Horsey’ drawing over at LA Times – “Will North Korea bluster its way into war?”

We think and obviously hope not.  Check out the even split in the viewer’s poll below the picture:

cartoon of Kim Jong Un