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Geolocation: -77.6764203 / 38.74294036 The Cold War Museum® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Museum is located at Vint Hill, in one of the former Vint Hill Farms Station buildings used during the Cold War for signals intelligence by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the US Army to safeguard the United States against a surprise nuclear attack. Vint Hill is part of The Journey through Hallowed Ground national heritage area and in close proximity to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the historic towns of Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton, Virginia. The Museum shares a campus with The Inn at Vint Hill and the Vint Hill Craft Winery.

(Nov 10, 2PM) What was it like to fly top-secret Soviet aircraft as a US pilot? Ask the squadron commander.The Cold War ...
11/04/2019

(Nov 10, 2PM) What was it like to fly top-secret Soviet aircraft as a US pilot? Ask the squadron commander.
The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by Col. Jack Manclark (USAF, Ret.) on
Being The Bad Guys: The Top-Secret Red Eagles vs. The Best US Combat Pilots
Col. Jack Manclark (USAF, Ret.) is the former Squadron Commander of the Red Eagles, America’s Top-Secret MiG squadron. He’ll tell us their story. Their job was to be much better than America’s best combat pilots, and to beat them again and again in dogfights until they learned how to defeat advanced MiGs flying with Soviet tactics.
The 4477 Test and Evaluation Squadron operation, code name Constant Peg, was classified Top Secret—Special Access and operated out of Tonopah Test Range, a remote location in Nevada, not far from Area 51. The squadron, known as the Red Eagles, operated from 1978 to 1987 and was a tri-service operation manned by Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fighter Pilots. The 4477TES flew MIG-17, MiG-21 and MiG-23 aircraft with no flight manuals and very little tech data or spare parts. During the 1980s they operated a fleet of 26 MiG aircraft and flew over 17,000 sorties with the Soviet aircraft. Over 6,500 US fighter crews participated in the Program.
Tickets are $35 on Eventbrite and $45 at the door. All tickets include a free drink coupon courtesy of @oldbustheadbrewery. For those interested but unable to attend, contact [email protected] to receive the video file for the price of a ticket.
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(Nov 3, 2PM) What was it like to flee your home, and see your homeland pass from one foreign regime to another?The Cold ...
10/28/2019

(Nov 3, 2PM) What was it like to flee your home, and see your homeland pass from one foreign regime to another?

The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by noted Czech historian Martin Nekola, an expert on the early Cold War, on:

From One Master to Another: Post-War Czechoslovakia, Fleeing the Communist Coup, and Life as a Cold War Exile

Czechoslovakia was liberated from the Nazis in May 1945, but one authoritarian regime rapidly replaced the previous one as sovietization and the increasing domination of the Communist party took place. The Communists completed the takeover in February 1948 and their totalitarian regime lasted for more than four decades.

After the takeover, thousands of Czechs, seeking the return of freedom and democracy to their homeland, fled to the West. Their first steps in the Free World brought them into the so-called displaced persons camps in the Western occupation zones of Germany and Austria or in Italy. The first periodicals were published, and the first seeds of political activity were born and later developed by numerous exile groups and entities. Almost seven dozen newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, and nearly one hundred ninety Czech institutions, including political organizations, parties, academic clubs, and think-tanks, operated in the Free World after 1948.

Despite a promising start and international support, the so-called Council of Free Czechoslovakia, meant as the umbrella body for the country’s entire exile community, writhed in crisis, fell apart, and reunited again. Its members were wasting time with endless quarrels and were continuously losing the confidence of the exile public and their donors from the U.S. government. As time passed, the atmosphere in the exile community changed, with new topics, challenges, and leaders being raised. Dr. Nekola will discuss all aspects of the Czechoslovak Cold War exile, with a particular focus on the USA.

Tickets are $35 on eventbrite and $45 at the door. All tickets include a free drink coupon courtesy of Old Bust Head Brewery.
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(Oct. 20, 2PM) The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentat...
10/14/2019

(Oct. 20, 2PM) The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by former Army Security Agency NCO Lonnie Long and former Air Force Security Service member Gary Blackburn on:

By Order of the President: The Army Security Agency’s Secret War in Vietnam, 1961-1973

In early May 1961, soldiers of the United States Army Security Agency arrived in Vietnam under an Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy. Every man carried copies of his orders and records in an identical brown Manila envelope, and each man’s medical records were stamped “If injured or killed in combat, report as training accident in the Philippines.” In such clandestine fashion, the first fully operational U.S. military unit arrived in Southeast Asia. This singular event marked the beginning of a transition from strategic Cold War intelligence operations to true tactical intelligence. Some lessons learned during the Korean War would be used, but most were forgotten or ignored.
Gary Blackburn and Lonnie Long, co-authors of the book UNLIKELY WARRIORS: The Army Security Agency’s Secret War in Vietnam 1961-1973, will discuss the history of signals intelligence, the Army Security Agency, and Air Force Security Service during the transition from Cold War to tactical military operations, and their personal experiences in Taiwan (Cold War) and Vietnam. They will discuss the problems that were encountered, along with the successes and failures of the various units.

Tickets are $35 on eventbrite (search the Cold War Museum) and $45 at the door. All tickets include a free drink coupon complimentary of @oldbustheadbrewco . For those interested but unable to attend, contact [email protected] to receive the video file for the price of a ticket.

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This East German handkerchief reads “Served honorably with the Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic”, and...
10/07/2019

This East German handkerchief reads “Served honorably with the Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic”, and was awarded to retirees from the communist nation’s ruthless border patrol units. Primarily focused on stemming “Republikflicht” (lit. Republic flight), the mass exodus from the regime into West Germany, the Grenztruppen killed at least 1,065 refugees at the East-West German border, and at least another 101 refugees at the Berlin Wall.

The Handkerchief is decorated with GDR symbols and depictions of the duties of the border patrol. In the bottom right is where the soldier’s name would be written. See this and other East and West German artifacts at #thecoldwarmuseum .
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The Cold War Museum's 2019 Summer/Fall Newsletter is out!Read about what we've been doing to preserve the stories and le...
09/23/2019

The Cold War Museum's 2019 Summer/Fall Newsletter is out!
Read about what we've been doing to preserve the stories and legacies of Cold War, and how you can help preserve Cold War history yourself!
If you're a member of the Cold War Museum, or interested in becoming one, this newsletter is for you!
https://tinyurl.com/CWMsummer2019

09/23/2019

The Cold War Museum's 2019 Summer/Fall Newsletter is out!
Read about what we've been doing to preserve the stories and legacies of Cold War, and how you can help preserve Cold War history yourself!
If you're a member of the Cold War Museum, or interested in becoming one, this newsletter is for you!
https://tinyurl.com/CWMsummer2019

1967 Physical Environment Map of D.C., for planning the installation of fallout shelters. Pink regions designate office ...
09/09/2019

1967 Physical Environment Map of D.C., for planning the installation of fallout shelters. Pink regions designate office and industrial buildings, orange residential areas, and green/blue open spaces, including parks and large facilities like the now-vanished runways of Bolling Air Force base. Maps like these were used to identify population concentrations, especially in the difference between daytime and nighttime occupancy, which affected priorities for shelter installation. An attack could come at any hour, so an office building vacant at night was less useful to augment with a shelter than an apartment complex occupied 24/7.
It's also possible that this map may have helped in the calculation of blast effects to determine which parts of the city would be hit hardest, as the shockwave from the bomb reacts differently crossing an open plain than a compact city block.

This map has seen water damage at some point in it's history, but still survives as a rare and particularity colorful example of the implementation of the National Fallout Shelter Program.
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(Sep. 8, 2PM) The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with @oldbustheadbrewco , invites you to attend Nose to Nose in Berlin...
08/30/2019

(Sep. 8, 2PM) The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with @oldbustheadbrewco , invites you to attend Nose to Nose in Berlin: Adventures of an NCO and NSA Employee.

C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze, will draw from his book to tell us some of his adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, both as an Army NCO and as an National Security Agency civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick lived his mission day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.
Through exciting, intriguing, humorous, entertaining, and even sometimes bawdy recollections, Rick's memory bank never seems to run dry. Whether it was accidentally getting locked inside the closed Tempelhof Airport, being asked by an East German to help him escape across the Wall, sitting all of 30 feet from a notorious spy, meeting former Nazi SS officers at their old (and his current) barracks, saluting Russian army privates while clearing checkpoints at the edge of Berlin, or editing an underground newspaper, there seems to have not been a single week in those years in Berlin when something noteworthy wasn't taking place. Rick will share some of these fascinating stories and insights during his presentation. He will be available for book signing after the presentation.
Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite (search Nose to Nose in Berlin) and $45 at the door. All tickets include a free drink coupon. For those interested but unable to attend, contact Jason Hall at [email protected] to receive the video file for the price of a ticket.
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This PDR-10 Alpha Survey Meter is the Navy’s first instrument designed to detect alpha radiation alone - and deal with...
08/03/2019

This PDR-10 Alpha Survey Meter is the Navy’s first instrument designed to detect alpha radiation alone - and deal with the unfortunate mistakes, mishaps, and accidents of working with nuclear material. First produced in 1952, the instrument is designed to deal with the problem that while gamma and beta radiation is fairly easy to detect, alpha radiation is comprised of large particles that can be stopped by even a few inches of air, making measurements difficult. While being such a heavy particle makes penetration difficult, it also means that should alpha emitters be ingested or internalized, they easily cause the most damage to the body’s cells.

The massive, slab like detector comprised of hundreds of paper thin mica windows was the solution to the detecting problem. With the Navy in possession of large amounts of alpha-emitting plutonium warheads, as well as dozens of tons of reactor fuel, it doesn’t take a lot of thought to recognize the danger of accidental contamination in the engine room of an aircraft carrier, or in the closed air system of a ballistic missile submarine.

The museum’s PDR-10 was made in 1955 and is surprisingly not retrofitted. Of note is the plexiglass handle, that while giving an interesting aesthetic was prone to frequently shatter. This instrument was later replaced by scintillation units when they became available.
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Today, 50 years ago, man first set foot on the moon. Camera E-7, built directly into the structure of Launchpad 39A, rec...
07/20/2019

Today, 50 years ago, man first set foot on the moon. Camera E-7, built directly into the structure of Launchpad 39A, recorded this footage of the Saturn V rocket lifting off towards the moon. Three of the rocket's roaring F-1 engines are visible, with relatively cool gases showing detail compared to the blindingly bright exhaust immediately below. The film, shot at 500 frames a second, spans the initial ignition sequence all the way to the water deluge system coating the launchpad in a blanketing spray - obscuring the camera's view.

This specific reel of 16mm film is one of the original NASA copies produced immediately after the recovery of the footage from the launchpad. This initial batch was distributed internally to NASA's engineers for analysis of the rocket's first stage and liftoff performance. In the possible event of a malfunction or failure, this footage would be the first place NASA would look to diagnose an accident. The museum received this authentic footage, along with similar film for Apollo 10, 15, and 17, as a donation last year.

Happy #apollo50 !
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For the lead up to #apollo50 , we’re featuring the original NASA film in our collection. This still was taken by Apoll...
07/15/2019

For the lead up to #apollo50 , we’re featuring the original NASA film in our collection. This still was taken by Apollo 15 on the lunar surface! Here astronaut Jim Irwin salutes the American flag at the lunar landing site. This photo was taken on the museum’s period accurate light table setup from the ‘60s.
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We’re super excited about #apollo50 ! We’ll be featuring from our collection Apollo 11 launchpad film for the very f...
07/12/2019

We’re super excited about #apollo50 ! We’ll be featuring from our collection Apollo 11 launchpad film for the very first time, on its 50th anniversary. For the lead up, we’re starting backwards with an original NASA copy of Apollo 17 film! Apollo 17 was the last lunar mission, collecting the final samples and research from our closest celestial neighbor. This film was donated to us last year without any documentation, so it was a challenge to confirm its authenticity, but having the final culmination of the Apollo missions on display is well worth it. We’ll be returning this Monday with film from Apollo 15! #coldwar #apollo #apollo17 #film #apollo50th #lunar #thecoldwarmuseum

(July 14, 2PM) The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentat...
07/09/2019

(July 14, 2PM) The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by expert on the Soviet military and former Air Force Attache Bruce Slawter:

Eyewitness at the Coup - The Attempted Soviet Coup of 1991 Through the Eyes of an Expert

In August 1991, the USSR came close to becoming hardline Communist once again when members of the Soviet government attempted to wrest control from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The failed coup had the effect of destabilizing the Soviet Union and contributed to the dissolution of the USSR.

Col. Bruce Slawter (USAF ret.) served twice as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and personally witnessed key coup events while on official business as the Air Staff’s Chief of the Russia and East Europe Branch. He’ll discuss what he saw and heard, and what he thought about those events at the time and subsequently.

Bruce is a Russian-speaking Vietnam combat pilot who is also a nuclear weapons expert, serving later as Director of the Office of Nuclear Warhead Protection for the U. S. Department of Energy, helping the Russians secure 84 of their highly sensitive facilities against possible terrorist attack. He has a total of 25 years of experience living or traveling in Russia and working first-hand with the Russian military. He was also Director of Soviet & European Studies at the Air Command and Staff College.

Tickets are $35 online at eventbrite (search Eyewitness at the Coup) and $45 at the door. All tickets include a free drink coupon. For those interested but unable to attend, contact Jason Hall at [email protected] to receive the video file for the price of a ticket.
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Trinitite! This is an actual piece of the crater from the first nuclear detonation in history. The trinity test was cond...
07/05/2019

Trinitite! This is an actual piece of the crater from the first nuclear detonation in history.

The trinity test was conducted in secrecy on July 16th, 1945, at what is now the White Sands Missile Range. It was conducted to determine if a plutonium based bomb would work, as while Manhattan Project scientists were confident in the uranium gun design that became Little Boy, plutonium implosion was of uncertain effectiveness. The successful trinity bomb was thus the prototype for the Fat Man bomb that destroyed Nagasaki.

The bottle green glass layer is desert sand instantly melted by the thermal pulse from the bomb. This molten glass was pulled up, suspended in air, irradiated, and rained down back onto the superheated desert in a millimeters thick layer. The whitish rock under it is the actual desert surface - the reason it’s named White Sands to this day. Due to the sample being exposed to neutrons and bomb remnants, it is still mildly radioactive to this day. Samples like this were retrieved until 1953, when the AEC bulldozed the crater. The site is open to the public twice a year, though you can’t bring back any souvenirs!
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