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Click to expand…Actually the only place I’ve ever read of a Gigaton bomb being used was in Joe Haldeman’s SF book Worlds Apart, in which a global war breaks out in 2076 and the Supreme Socialist Union (a fusion of Russia and China and I’m not sure how much else–not Vietnam though) takes out when was gas 99 cents in california Cape Canaveral with one. Rather, two survivors some years later making their way on foot (or was it bicycles?) down the coast find the huge glassed crater and speculate that’s what it must have been. IIRC, the one who would know more said it worked by combining stored antimatter with matter, so all the very possible constraints on practical H-bomb size I’ve never heard of before until stalkere just shared them would not be relevant. If you can imagine a society that can gas station jokes create a kilogram or so of antimatter and then store it without it going off prematurely! (We know how to make antimatter. Very very slowly! Storing it is trickier!)

As for manned bombers getting through–well, by the time I was in my teens, in the later electricity in the body 70’s, I think most people (not presumably Air Force officers, one hopes!) ignored that risk–if some got through after the main exchange of ICBMs it would matter to the survivors but not to the vast majority of people already dead. USAF strategy should have been designed on the assumption that as much of the Air Force would survive as possible, and had k electric jobs 2016 a duty to protect what was left, but their procurement and maintenance funding would have been set by a Congress that possibly didn’t care if things had gone that far to hell already.

The main reason I’d think even a plane as capable as a Blackjack might get through would be that the USAF had the bejeezus blasted out of its fields, most interceptors on hand would be those that happened to be airborne at the time and would be bingo fuel by the time the Soviet attackers showed up, and their command and control systems would be blown to ribbons too. So basically I’d think manned bombers could get through into either country after either had already been blasted to ruin, by ICBMs.

The story of each electricity worksheets for grade 1 country’s residual forces grappling with each other and trying to pound down the other guy before they get pounded first is probably interesting, but for most people it would be an epilogue and an epitaph. By the 1970s a world war between the US and USSR would be mainly a quick exchange of missiles, however long it might gutter on after that.

Before the Soviets had enough ICBMs to seriously damage the USA, it was different of course; I suspect that actually then very few Soviet bombers could have gotten through–in fact, I think gas out game rules through most of the Cold War they didn’t even have the range to do it even if unopposed bp gas station. It’s somewhat harder to doubt that Americans could break through Soviet air defenses and the USAF certainly had planes with both the numbers and the range, especially considering that in the early days the Russians were ringed very tightly with countries that gave the US bases. At least once that I know of a big American recon plane–I believe a variant on the B-47, which was the B-52’s predecessor–flew over the central Soviet Union and ran the full gauntlet of their defenses. Under a saturation attack I’d be confident every target on SAC’s list would get hit.

One way to be economical about the number of weapons you use on a target like NYC is groundburst/airburst combo. Airbursts gas national average 2013 produce very little fallout, as (by definition) the fireball does not touch the ground. If you have a groundburst, producing lots of nasty radioactive stuff followed by an airburst which blows most of it back down in the general area, you make electricity lessons for 5th grade an area so hot that it is unusable for a very long time – even if some of the infrastructure remains standing.

BTW to take out airfields you need groundbursts – airbursts will wreck planes on the ground and take down hangers etc but will do very little damage to concrete runways. If you have an airfield you expect to use some day tyou hit it with airbursts, wrecking a/c, killing personnel etc but when you get tyhere, runways intact. If you want to wreck it permanently, use groundbursts to crater it.

As one who was trained in it, let me say nuclear targeting both prioritizing and actual implementation is a complex business. IMHO in case of a nuclear war between US and USSR most damage to most cities would come from hitting of strategic military and/or industrial targets in/around them. Wasting nukes on civilians – who will probably die electricity jokes riddles due to collateral damage, disease, etc is not efficient.