“Duck and cover” was a lesson taught to school children throughout the United States from the 1950s through the early 1980s as protection against nuclear attack, in the event that the Nike missiles based throughout the United States failed to intercept incoming invaders.
Connecticut, with its strong defense industry, was a prime target. During much of the Cold War, Hartford and Bridgeport were surrounded by nuclear tipped missiles on 24-hour alert, ready to shoot down incoming Soviet bombers. More than a dozen missile bases were located throughout the state. A Nike Ajax missile is currently on display at the .
Learn more about these bases and other aspects of the state's Cold War infrastructure when author and historian John Ramsey, webmaster of coldwar-ct.com, presents “Connecticut in the Cold War” at the New England Air Museum at 1:30 p.m. Sunday March 11. This program will be included with general admission.
The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. This educational organization is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs.