Blowhard, Esq. writes:
I love anything having to do with the Cold War and submarines so I had a blast touring the USS Growler at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. Here are some pics I took of the awesome midcentury military-industrial complex analogue technology. (I realize some of the shots are bad, forgive me, but there was a line of people right behind me as I was taking these.)
One of the nuclear missile hangars.
The nuclear missile targeting console.
The torpedo and missile firing panel. That recessed black toggle switch in the lower right is what launched the nukes.
The sonar room.
The radio room.
The coffee machine.
The stereo system.
The engine room. The sub has been out of commission since 1980 and it still reeked of diesel.
- The other highlight of the day was seeing a Blackbird up close. I found this memoir riveting. Going back to submarines, fans of DAS BOOT, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, and CRIMSON TIDE would do well to check out this book.