Don’t press the big red button

Missile Command, originally uploaded by Shiny Things.

A bonus photo from the Intrepid Museum – this is the (formerly Top Secret) missile control room from the submarine USS Growler.

The Growler was armed with four Regulus nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, each of which could unleash two megatons of messy fission-powered death on any target within 900km of the submarine. And this was where the missiles would be controlled from. Rather scary.

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