Saturday, April 5, 2014

Retro Saturday: Power of Decision

Click the arrow to watch the film on YouTube. Video source: Air Force Space & Missile Museum YouTube channel.

Does the current strain in American-Russian relations have you dreading World War III?

Here's a glimpse of what that might have looked like if unleashed in 1958.

This week's Retro Saturday film is Power of Decision, a Strategic Air Command training film. It simulates a war plan action in the event of an attack, executed by the Strategic Air Command in the Operation Control Room at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, and at the underground control room (location SECRET), by Strategic Air Command.

I won't tell you how it ends, but all these white male chain smokers sure were pretty stoic about Armageddon.

Near the end, you'll see some stock footage of various missiles launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In the real world, the Cape had no functional weapons that would be used in a global war; it was a test launch site.

1 comment:

  1. Chain smoking white guys? Bringing Death closer with every puff!