Cover: Vulnerability of Quick-Reacting Sheltered Missiles and Aircraft During Launch

Vulnerability of Quick-Reacting Sheltered Missiles and Aircraft During Launch

Published 1959

by William Morle Brown

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This short paper analyzes the residual effects of a nuclear attack on an airfield. Although aircraft shelters could be designed to withstand blast effects from a multi-megaton ground burst, launching alert aircraft shortly after the attack would expose them to high winds and airborne dust, sand, stone, and gamma radiation. These effects are measured as a function of time after the attack.

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