July 25 2011: Cold War Images from the Cover of Flying Review International (1964 – 1968)

A sort of Western equivalent of certain elements to be found within Soviet Union magazine, Flying Review International seems to have been aimed primarily at the aerospace industry. During the era represented by this selection of front covers, one that follows in the immediate aftermath of Kennedy’s stand off with the Soviet Union over Cuban missile bases, the atmosphere is inevitably heavy in Cold War inferences as these ten or so issues survey everything from Russian airborne weaponry to Counter-Insurgency, from the military and civil air forces of Africa, the Middle East and Malaysia to the Aerospace industries of Britain and the United States. The close proximity in postwar economies of weapons research, the NASA Space Programmes, the development of medical systems, and many consumer spin offs, all become very clear when turning the pages of these magazines.

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