Nuclear Hardness and Base Escape
STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND OFFUTT AFB NE AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING DIV
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In the event of a surprise nuclear attack, the survivability of the manned bombers depends upon their base escape capability, i.e. the ability of their alert crews, upon short notification, to react, start engines, taxi, takeoff, and reach safety prior to the detonation of the first nuclear weapon on or near their base. Significant factors of successful base escape are discussed. It is argued that nuclear hardness and rapid engine start capabilities are essential and that they should be incorporated early in full scale development. It also argued that altitude dependence can be minimized or eliminated if the dynamic pressure is selected as the nuclear blast hardness criterion.
- Nuclear Warfare