In 1944, three American B-29 bombers on missions over Japan were forced to land in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, who did not have a similar strategic bomber, decided to copy the B-29. Within three years, they had developed the Tu-4, a nearly-perfect copy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tup…
In 2007 six US cruise missiles with the nuclear warheads were mistakenly loaded onto a bomber, not reported missing, and remained mounted for 36 hours with no security precautions for nuclear weapons implemented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
In during WW2, an American bomber -*ye olde pub*- was nearly shot down. A German fighter gave chase and once in range, he noticed the dead and injured crew and the terror in the pilots face. He didn’t attack and escorted the plane. Both pilots survived the war and finally met in 1990 jalopnik.com/why-a-german…
The letters in US military aircraft names follow a set nomenclature (A-Attack, B-Bomber, C-Cargo, F-Fighter, X-Experimental, etc). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
In 1933 the Japanese government began a campaign to employ cherry blossom imagery to help brainwash children into becoming suicide bombers. press.uchicago.edu/ucp/bo…
A suicide bomber with explosives in his laptop boarded the Somali owned Daallo Airlines in 2016 intending to blow the whole aircraft. Twenty minutes after the takeoff, the bomb exploded, creating a hole in the plane, and the suicide bomber was sucked out of the plane. He was the only fatality. cnn.com/2016/02/11/africa…
Children's author Roald Dahl singlehandedly took on six German bombers in WWII, developed a medical shunt that saved 3,000 childrens' lives, and was partially the inspiration for James Bond en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
During WW2 Ireland put up over eighty signs of the word Eire (Ireland in the Irish language) around its coast to warn bombers they were flying over a neutral country. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
While in prison Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber was friends with Ramzi Yousef the World Trade Center bomber and Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City bomber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, was an eyewitness to the Waco siege. vox.com/2018/4/19/1724673…
A legendary Nazi Stuka ace pilot, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, who was credited with destroying over 800 vehicles, was consulted to help develop the the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber arizonadailyindependent.c…
In World War 2, Allied bombers frequently dropped leaflets warning Japanese citizens to evacuate when they were about to bomb a city, including Hiroshima. atomicheritage.org/key-do…
Irish Actor Stephen Rea, who played an IRA soldier in The Crying Game (1992), was married for 17 years to convicted IRA bomber Dolours Price en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In June 1942, LBJ was supposed to be an observer on the Wabash Cannonball, a B-26 bomber in the South Pacific. Before takeoff, LBJ left the plane to relieve himself. By the time he returned, his seat was taken, so he couldn't get back on. The Wabash wound up crashing, killing everyone on board. constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Yevdokiya Rachkevich, the commissar of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment traced the regiment's path after the war, finding the remains of the women shot down in order to be given proper burials en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yev…
Today I learned of John Smeaton, an airport worker who kicked an attempted suicide bomber in the nuts. He would later be awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Today I learned about the Harvey's Resort Hotel Bomb, a tamper-proof, booby trapped bomb who was so cleverly designed it couldnt be disarmed once assembled but for 3 million $ the mad bomber would give the switches combination he built to allow the relocation of the bomb and avoid the explosion. tahoedailytribune.com/new…
Today I learned of Aitzaz Hasan, who died after noticing and stopping a suicide bomber from entering the gates of his school during morning assembly in 2014. He has been credited with saving hundreds of students' lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ait…
In 1985, while conducting Concorde's trial test flights, BA offered NATO to exercise on intercepting a fly-high supersonic bomber. all modern fighters, including F14, F15 and F16, failed to reach their target, except the 1950's EE Lightning, who intercepted the Concorde with ease. lightning.org.uk/oct04sot…
Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center bomber), and Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City bomber), all became friends in prison, and regularly discussed religion and politics until McVeigh's execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
During World War 2, Ford Motor Company produced a B-24 bomber every 63 minutes thehenryford.org/collecti…
The FBI's $1B facial recognition system couldn't match photos of the Boston marathon bombers to their drivers licenses. The system was only good for matching drivers license and passport photos to other drivers license and passport photos abcnews.go.com/US/boston-…
During World War II, the US developed a very fast, thin, sturdy fighter plane, the XP-79. In addition to being a bomber, it was also designed to ram into other planes at high speed to bring them down. One of the US first jets. It was nicknamed the "Flying Chainsaw" and "Flying Ram" historynet.com/jack-north…
The sound used when planes are going down and crashing in films is the sound of a siren fitted onto a Nazi dive bomber. The siren was fazed out towards the end of the war since the siren had considerable drag and the pilots hated having to listen to the whine during the entire flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
While fighting in WWII Battle of Bougainville, Tony Stein modified a .30 caliber ANM3 Browning aircraft machine gun which he picked up from a wrecked dive bomber into a personal weapon firing 1200-1500 rounds per minute, which he named β€œThe Stinger”. hawaiireporter.com/a-crea…
Today I learned about CONELRAD, the civil defense system in the β€˜50s and β€˜60s to get info out to Americans by rapidly switching radio transmitters around at 640AM & 1240AM so Soviet bombers couldn’t direction-find on their signals. rfcafe.com/references/rad…
The Boston Bomber, the Unabomber, Terry Nichols and JoaquΓ­n "El Chapo" GuzmΓ‘n all are being held in the same prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
Yevdokiya Rachkevich, the commissar of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment traced the regiment's path after the war, finding the remains of the women shot down so they could be given proper burials en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yev…
Olivia de Havilland's cousin was Geoffrey de Havilland, designer of the famous Mosquito fighter-bomber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The WW2 Luftwaffe Dormier Do 17 bomber had a flamethrower installed in the rear. Due to insufficient oxygen mix, it never worked, and only shot oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Ray Holmes, the man who saved Buckingham Palace in WW2 by ramming his Hawker Hurricane into a German Dornier bomber after running out of ammunition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
The atomic bombs were almost dropped on Japan by British Avro Lancaster bombers. Hap Arnold, head of USAAF, insisted that an American plane be used, and the B-29 was modified to accept the huge nuclear devices. youtu.be/5XX9ptCNpik
That, when Henry Ford took over production of the B-24 Liberator bombers for WWII, he actively recruited "little people" from Hollywood and circuses to help fasten rivets in the narrow sections of its wings. Appreciative co-workers helped lift them up to punch their time-cards. uso.org/stories/112-detro…
France built a fake Paris in WWI to confuse german bombers, which was located North of Real Paris messynessychic.com/2013/0…
A Russian Black widow bomber blew herself up when her phone company sent her a spam text message, causing her explosive device to explode prematurely. couriermail.com.au/news/s…
In 1984 Thomas Cavanaugh, an aerospace engineer. Was sentenced to life in prison for stealing classified documents about the B-2 stealth bomber and trying to sell them to the Soviet Union for only $25,000. cia.gov/library/readingro…
The Empire of Japan killed as many as 250,000 Chinese civilians because they helped 67 American bomber crewmen escape. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Nuclear bombers sometimes were painted with "ANTI-FLASH WHITE" (also called blast white or atomic white) to deflect some thermal radiation from their bombs' nuclear explosions. (Shiny silvery surfaces can have similar effect.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Studios was taken over and converted by the U.S. Army into an anti-aircraft base in fears that Japanese bombers would soon reach Los Angeles. It remained the only time a Hollywood studio came under military occupation in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
In 1966 a US Air Force B-52 bomber and a USAF tanker collided in midair, and the 4 nuclear bombs the B-52 carried fell into Southeast Spain. One of the bombs detonated, scattering plutonium all over the countryside. businessinsider.com/us-ai…
In 1970, a fighter pilot was forced to eject during a training mission. His plane, however, righted itself and continued flying for miles, finally touching down gently in a farmer's field. It earned the nickname "The Cornfield Bomber." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
That, after their bomber crashed in Japan in 1945, eight American Airmen were taken to Kyushu University Medical School and dissected alive. thedailybeast.com/japan-d…
The Night Witches was a WWII German nickname for the all female aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. They would idle the engines near their target and glide to the bomb release point with only wind noise to reveal them. The Germans likened the sound to broomsticks, giving their nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Today I learned of George Peter Metesky, better known as the "Mad Bomber," who terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with explosives that he planted in theaters, terminals, libraries and offices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Sweden Almost Had Nuclear Weapons - By the mid-1960s, Sweden has enough fissile material to build a bomb in six months. To deliver the weapon they designed the Saab 36, a twin-engine Mach 2+ supersonic bomber. nationalinterest.org/blog…
More men were killed in the 8th Air Force (Bombers) in WWII than in the entire Marine Corps 398th.org/History/KIA/ind…
During WW2, a fake town was built to disguise the Boeing plant that was building B17 bombers. boredpanda.com/boeing-fak…
There are submarine Aircraft Carriers. Japan employed the I-400 class during WWII, and they could carry up to 3 bombers, in addition to 8 torpedo launchers & anti-aircraft guns. These submarines were twice as big as any ordinary subs of the time. youtube.com/watch?v=gxyk8…
The principal designer of the B-2 stealth bomber was convicted in 2011 of using classified information to assist the People's Republic of China. He was sentenced to 32 years and is at the supermax prison known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" ADX Florence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nos…
When Berlin had to be supplied through the air during the Soviet blockade of 1948, American pilot Gail Halvorsen began to drop sweets attached to handkerchief parachutes, which other pilots started to do as well. Thus, the planes came to be known as "raisin bombers" to the starving people below. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…

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