Longbranch, they are truly under-appreciated. I've been told it's because information about TAC and SAC missions especially mission info dealing with missiles was rarely disseminated or at the time considered classified, some collectors veered away from this area, at least from what I have experienced not many collectors showed an interest unless they had been directly involved with these units or knew someone that had been. With the Cold War having played such a big part of our history I'm hoping more folks become interested.
Definitely. The SAC did a great job of deterring any kind of aggressive action, and in effect, did the greatest thing you could ever want from a military force: effectively PREVENT another world war. Gotta say, that's something to be proud of, and hopefully more people take notice/become interested.
A while back at a garage sale I picked up a really nice, complete USAF dress uniform (jacket, pants, shirt, tie, cap, ribbons, badges, etc.) directly from a vet that served in a nuclear missile installation in the early 60s. I sold it off several years back, and sometimes think it would be cool if I still had it. You really don't find many complete uniform groupings from these guys!
Information about the ICBM and nuclear-capable missile systems of the 50s/60s is definitely hard to find. I recently came across several items that are related to 1950s/60s guided missile systems, and basically found the end of the internet trying to get information about them (and came up empty).
You've got a great collection. Again, thanks for showing it!
EDIT: Forgot to ask... have you been to the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, NE? A place like that could get just about anyone interested in 1950s/60s Air Force militaria.
Edited by Longbranch, 14 February 2016 - 12:21 AM.