Frontier Former Editor

March 22, 2007

Modeling can be harmful to your mental health . . .

Filed under: Cold War, mad science, models, nukes, old times, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:55 pm

I was taking a break from the sheer pleasure of writing HTML code this afternoon and riffling through my pile of unbuilt model kits when I found my F-106 Delta Dart – a true Cold War icon in its own perverse way.

Sorting through the box’s contents, I saw the parts for one of the Dart’s more ‘interesting’ weapons – the AIR-2 Genie. Rain and Metro‘ll both appreciate this one, since Canada’s government also saw fit to get in on the act.

 And what does a Genie do? Well, be thankful that it’s not around anymore to grant its masters’ wish.

Live Test of nuclear AIR-2A Genie rocket

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6 Comments »

  1. I remember guys talking about the “nuclear air-to-air missile.” Some of them even called it a “ding-dong”. But I never actually believed it had been put into general use. I thought it was a prototype or somethin’.

    This internet, I tellya. Learn something new every day. Well, most of us anyway.

    Comment by Metro — March 23, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

  2. I remember reading about Genie back in the 1960’s as a young’un and thinking ‘how cool’.

    Guess age does have its good points . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — March 23, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

  3. Great, now how do you change the target codes and input Air Force One?

    Comment by raincoaster — March 26, 2007 @ 1:45 am

  4. None left, I’m afraid, but I’d stand on the ground to watch in that case regardless of whether or not it was safe to use over populated areas. One point – you actually want to select Air Force Two in a situation like that, at least until Jan., 2009 . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — March 26, 2007 @ 1:59 am

  5. Not-entirely-unrelated

    http://www.frontiermodels.co.uk

    Comment by Metro — March 29, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

  6. I started reading one of the linked pages, saw “unguided air-to-air” and thought whoa. Unguided? Then I remembered the region of “close enough” would be… sizeable.

    Comment by Radioactive Jam — March 30, 2007 @ 5:33 pm


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