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    The Launchbox, PoD 6: The Soviet Death Star

    There was a lot of paranoia and skewed deductions by the Soviets during the Cold War. For example, they build Buran, not because they needed it or even because the Americans had a Shuttle, but because they couldn't believe NASA economic case for it - 700 flights each with 30 mt of payload...
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    The Big One series

    Well truth be told, he just moved / applied B-52 Vietnam raids to B-36, twenty years in advance. Except that the last piston engine bombers, B-29 and B-36, had such enormous and complex engines, they really lacked the reliability of either, a simpler B-17... or a jet-powered B-52. And what's...
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    The Launchbox, PoD 6: The Soviet Death Star

    I agree that Reagan offer was pretty insane. Fact is that, even thirty-five years later, nobody really knows if Reagan REALLY believed in SDI or if he BLUFFED. I've seen both opinions defended by serious authors and researchers, without any political bias. Nobody seems to know for sure. Same...
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    The Launchbox, PoD 5: Christmas Catastrophe - the Disaster of Apollo 8

    Yup. Would have been a complete disaster. And on top of that, by delaying Apollo 8 and 11 it would make the Zond flybys great again. The last two Zonds in August 1969 and October 1970 worked pretty well. So sometimes in May or June 1969, Alexey Leonov and a fellow cosmonaut become the first...
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    The Big One series

    If you want to piss-off Stuart Slade, just tell him about the realities of the Convair B-36 maintenance and the aircraft flaws. That aircraft was pretty impressive and made an honorable career, sure, but maintenance and reliability wise - it was a dog of an aircraft. With six R-4360 there were...
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    The Launchbox: PoD 4 - No Apollo 1 Fire

    This year Archibald Chrismas present. https://www.amazon.fr/Apollo-Forgotten-Missions-David-Shayler/dp/1852335750 An excellent book which, to my knowledge, is the only one with the detailed planning of the lost Apollo 1 mission as it should have flown on February 21, 1967 (yes, every single...
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    The Launchbox, PoD 6: The Soviet Death Star

    Yes Polyus is fascinating. If you are interested i can provide top notch documents on the matter. One of the most fascinating aspects of Polyus relates to Gorbachev facing his future worse ennemy - Oleg Baklanov. For a start, Baklanov was one of the 8 conspirators in the August 1991 coup. But...
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    The Launchbox, PoD 5: Christmas Catastrophe - the Disaster of Apollo 8

    Well the tank that blew on Apollo 13 was initially on Apollo 10 - which still had a LM, but a much worse one, of the early overweight things. Not sure if Apollo 10 LM could have handled the emergency as well as the Apollo 13 one did. For a start they didn't filled the tanks completely, just in...
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    The Launchbox: PoD 4 - No Apollo 1 Fire

    Poor Grissom certainly had a bad karma with hatches. Except on his Gemini flight. Something revealing about how shitty Block I Apollo were... most rockets and manned ships have impeccable serial numbers and numbering sequences. Block II Apollo were numbered from 101 to 119, and no number is...
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    Incredibly pat historical occurrences

    In the 60's America's richest toy magnate was a good friend of John Edgar Hoover and as anti-communist as the FBI boss. His name was... Louis Marx. You can't invent such things. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Marx One of his daughters then married a... Hubbard (not RON !) and thus become...
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    Comics of Infinite Earths: Alan Moore's Twilight

    ROTFL :LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:
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    Research about Volcanos

    By this man > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Lacroix
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    Research about Volcanos

    Also Montagne Pelée, 1902... La Martinique. 28000 dead.
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    The Launch Box: PoD 2 - Alan Shepard, first man in space

    Didn't saw your articles back then ! They are pretty good. Back in 1959 NASA long range plans were as follow. https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/report59.html - No Apollo 11 in sight because a landing is immensely more difficult than flyby or orbit and needs a giant, powerful rocket...
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    Dam disasters

    There is also a terrifying, even larger cataclysm in India in 1979. And of course China did even worse, in 1975 Mao era.
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    Dam disasters

    A real world exemple. From France, 1959: 500 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malpasset_Dam
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    Lyndon Johnson, uninterrupted (1963-1973)

    Nixon - Johnson - Wallace would be both awesome and insane. To spice the whole thing further just pick one of those wannabee assassins lurking in the shadows (Sirhan, Bremer, Earl Ray, or one of Manson nuts, there was no lack of whackos) and let the madness begin...
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    An Arabian Revolution in 1979

    Instead of attacking the mosquee they attack.the palace and slain the Royals ?
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    Incredibly pat historical occurrences

    The Archbishop that send Joan of Arc to the bonefire was called Cauchon, pig. Pierre Laval, Pétain right hand in Vichy from 1940 to 1944, was born near Vichy and in the 30's bought a castle near Vichy; as if the ugly fate had doomed that man to that infamous place in France history. In French...
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    An Arabian Revolution in 1979

    Well said. We are all responsible from the present shithole that is Middle East. Because of oil, obviously, but behind that, every major power in the world top five (bar China, maybe, although they are probably working very hard on the matter, presently - oil oil oil oil oil) was an arse at some...