posted on Nov, 24 2009 @ 01:55 PM
So, a "Jerry Pournelle, a science-fiction writer and space-weapons expert, conceived it while working for Boeing in the late 1950s" (Quote from New
York Times Magazine, dated December 2006)
Not very original, if you ask me!
In 1942, somewhere in England, there was this chap called Barnes Wallis. He had a theory that if a 'hardened' bomb was dropped from a certain
height, velocity alone would assure that the bomb would penetrate even deeply constructed bunkers.
By 1943/44, Barnes Wallis (later Sir) had developed the Tallyboy and Grand Slam 'earthquake' bombs.
Dropped from Lancasters flying at a height of just 8 kms, these 5 tonne bombs could smash through hardened concrete, granite and limestone with
Indeed many V2 sites visited by 617 Sqn were given such a pasting with these 'earthquake' bombs, that German scientists were forced to suspend
These 'earthquake' bombs were used to destroy the submarine bases at Lorient, the V1 & V2 sites and they also sunk the Tirpitz, off Håkøy Island
near Tromsø on 12 November 1944 after being hit by 5.4-ton "Tallboy" bombs.
I believe the article in the NYT is just a rehash of another brilliant British invention.