Code Name Looking Glass and More

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 02/28/2019

"Code Name: Looking Glass" For nearly 3 decades beginning in 1961, at the height of the US and Soviet Cold War tensions, Strategic Air Command operated airborne command posts, code named "Looking Glass" for its ability to mirror the nuclear command underground at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. We look back at Operation Looking Glass and the historic aircraft credited with helping to prevent a nuclear war and winning the long Cold War with the Soviet Union. One of the last remaining EC-135 aircraft is being restored for permanent display at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland. We speak with volunteers and former crew members of "The Glass," as they call it, to hear about the pride and commitment they still have for this icon of the Cold War. "William, Luther and Cody" Cody Cade Is a Nebraska National Guard soldier and curator of the Guard’s museum in Seward. He reflects on the experiences of two other young Nebraska soldiers (William Dermann of Talmage and Luther Swanson of Oakdale), whose letters, uniforms, photos and equipment from World War I are part of the museum’s collection. "Instrumental Art" Jay Kreimer mixes his talent as a sculptor and musician to turn everyday objects into innovative musical instruments or as he says, "scraps of possibilities." Kreimer has taken his music on the road across Europe and into Asia. His work has also been exhibited across the US and most recently in Nebraska at Wayne State College. "Rockin’ the Big Red Van" Get in a jam-packed van and travel back to deep time with a group of teachers on a big-time geology adventure. They forge the Platte River, sleep in rough country, climb sandy buttes and turn back into students to explore what really drives learning.