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Originally posted by Raideur
And remember, the germans were not special in terms of this technology. The british, americans, and even the russians all had missile, jet, aircraft, tank, and otherwise wondar waffen projects. Tupolev (anyone who knows aircraft better know this guy...) was researching long range bombers powered by jet engines. While he did not have the knowledge to produce the engines, he had the bombers built with props and then, when converted to jets, functioned very well. The British argueably had superior jet designs and aircraft and given the material diverted from conventional aircraft, could of overshadowed the luftwaffe.
Originally posted by Raideur
Ive seen most of those shows on the history channel, and actually did some informal research into these wondar waffen projects. Most of the "wild and weird" ideas were aircraft and missile ideas that could of been designed and built in the 30's with the technology present, but were not because of either lack of interest or funds. The German surface to air intercepter missile, the wasserfall, was, in 1945, "amazing" but used mostly technology that had been around a while. The only "new" idea was the radar system. .
The germans were and the end of the rope, and had nothing to lose in trying all these designs, and dont forget, the vast majority of them failed horribly and wasted unknown millions of hours and materials.
chief operations director at Nordhausen, where 20,000 slave labourers died producing V-2 missiles. Led the team which built the Saturn V rocket. Described as "100 per cent Nazi, dangerous type"
rocket launch specialist, another SS officer. His report stated: "He should be interned as a menace to the security of the Allied Forces."
later called "the father of space medicine", designed Nasa's on-board life-support systems. Some of his subordinates conducted human "experiments" at Dachau and Auschwitz, where inmates were frozen and put into low-pressure chambers, often dying in the process.
With its radar-absorbing carbon impregnated plywood skin and swept-back single wing, the 1944 Horten Ho 229 was arguably the first stealth aircraft.The US military made one available to Northrop Aviation, the company which would produce the $2bn B-2 Stealth bomber - to all intents and purposes a modern clone of the Horten - a generation later.
Cruise missiles are still based on the design of the V-1 missile and the scramjets powering Nasa's state-of-the-art X-43 hypersonic aircraft owe much to German jet pioneers.
Originally posted by aiex72
Everyone thinks hitler was a madmane or insane or an idiot.
This is not true.
Hitler had scientists develop long range missilles.
He worked on vertical take off.
Because it was what HE believed, and you don't think he was mad. Also, wow, what an understatement you opened with there!
Saldy even his killing of the jews served a purpose. He gave the people of Germany a common enemy. he convinced everyone world war one was there fault.
Also few people Know that Hitler tried to stop the murdering but his generals did it anyways.
The real stupid ones during the war were USA and Russia. They had plenty of warnings a bout peral harbor nd Germanys invasion of russia. Did they listen? No! Just think about this next time you call Adolf Hitler an idiot.