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…
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…
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…
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-…
France built a fake Paris in WWI to confuse german bombers, which was located North of Real Paris messynessychic.com/2013/0…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
More men were killed in the 8th Air Force (Bombers) in WWII than in the entire Marine Corps 398th.org/History/KIA/ind…
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…
During WW2, a fake town was built to disguise the Boeing plant that was building B17 bombers. boredpanda.com/boeing-fak…
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…
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…
During WWII Germany used 2 β€˜Lorenz beams’ to guide bombers at night over the U.K. Bombers followed 1 beam, then, when they crossed the 2nd beam, they dropped their bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Tim McVeigh (the Oklahoma City Bomber), Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) and Ramzi Yousef (the 1993 World Trade Center Bomber) All Became Friends In Prison edition.cnn.com/2007/US/l…
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…
, UFO files released by Ministry of Defence shows that in wartime meeting, Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a ordered a cover-up of reported encounter between a UFO and RAF bombers, that he ordered it be kept secret for at least 50 years to prevent "mass panic" bbc.co.uk/news/uk-1085390…
The 1993 World Trade Bomber, the Unabomber, and the Boston Marathon Bomber are all in the same Super Maximum Prison in Florence, CO. america.cgtn.com/2019/11/…
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
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…
In 1943 the USS Robin was actually the Royal Navy carrier HMS Victorious tasked with working with the USS Saratoga in the Pacific until new US carriers could replace war losses. They cooperated the extent that US fighters were based on the Victorious and UK bombers were based on the Saratoga. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
The Empire of Japan killed as many as 250,000 Chinese civilians because they helped 67 American bomber crewmen escape. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of the Laconia Incident, in which a German U-Boat conducting rescue operations upon Allied troops was deliberately attacked by a US bomber. wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconi…
That, when World War 2 began, the US had the 12th largest army (behind Brazil) and the 18th largest air force in the world. By summer 1944, we were building bombers at the rate of one per hour. uso.org/stories/112-detro…
During the Cold War, US had four B-52 bomber aircraft armed with thermonuclear weapons, flying continuously routes to points on the USSR border. Overseas missile technology wasn't ready yet and US need to ensure fast retaliation to guarantee mutual destruction in case of a USSR attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about LT. Gail Halvorsen, who dropped confections out of his airplane to German children during the Berlin Airlift, earning him the nickname "Candy Bomber" warbirdsnews.com/aviation…
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…
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…
The 'Indestructrible' Nicholas Alkemade survived an 18K ft fall from crashing bomber in 1944 completely unharmed. After WW2 while working at a chemical plant he survived: a 15 min exposure to chlorine gas, being sprayed with sulphuric acid, and having a 9ft steel pole fall on him. rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/the…
On the 2nd April 2014 a bomb exploded in the bombers face because of daylight saving time telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
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…
Today I learned about survivorship bias and its application in the military. A statistician used the survivorship bias in his calculations when considering how to minimize bomber losses to enemy fire. The military wanted to reinforce the areas where the bomber was shot up instead of looking where it wasn't hit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
The first non-stop transatlantic flight happened in 1919. A modified WWI bomber with an open cockpit took off from Newfoundland, Canada with a crew of two. They almost spiraled into the ocean twice in heavy fog, had to climb onto the wings to clear ice, and landed in a bog in Connemara, Ireland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The Soviet Union trained dogs as suicide bombers and it backfired when the dogs attacked Soviet tanks instead of German Tanks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
The U.S. narrowly escaped detonating a hydrogen bomb over North Carolina in 1961 when the B-52 bomber carrying it crashed. Three of the four safety mechanisms in the bomb that had deployed its parachute had become unlocked during its plunge to the ground. history.com/news/document…
George Carlin was a nuclear bomber mechanic in the Air Force, was court-martialed 3 times, reduced in rank and was eventually pushed out due to troop reductions. youtu.be/CewUVZZMXT8?t=41…
Noshir Gowandia, one of the prinicipal designers of the B-2 bomber is serving time for espionage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nos…
The principal designer of the B-2 Stealth Bomber, Department of Defense engineer Noshir Gowadia, was convicted in 2001 of using classified information to assist the People's Republic of China in producing cruise missiles with stealth technology. He was sentenced to 32 Years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
Today I learned of Patches, a B-25 bomber during WWII that had been damaged and repaired so often it could not fly straight and level except with 8Β° of left aileron trim and 6Β° of right rudder being constantly applied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
In the 1970's, the head of a Vegas union ordered the bombings of several nonunion establishments. When he refused to pay his bombers for their work, the union boss was abducted and his body was later found in the desert outside of Las Vegas. reviewjournal.com/news/al…
Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph’s brother Daniel cut off his own hand to try to get the FBI to stop looking for Eric independent.co.uk/news/fu…
In 1975, the Soviets fired the first and only "space cannon" from the Salyut-3 space station as a part of a project to test space defence against potential attacks. The gun is a modified version of the R-23 23-millimeter aircraft cannon that was designed for the TU-22 supersonic bomber. popularmechanics.com/mili…
In WWII, U.S. heavy bomber pilots would make ice cream by strapping buckets of ice cream mix to their planes before missions. The cold and turbulence of the flight would churn the mix into ice cream by the time they landed. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, 365" USAF B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers "were destroyed under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The aircraft were stripped of usable parts, chopped into five pieces with a 13,000 pound steel blade and sold for scrap at 12 cents per pound." airman.dodlive.mil/2018/0…
In 1945, a US Army Air Force B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building. The crash severed an elevator's cables, causing it to plummet 75 stories. The elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived the elevator fall, and holds the record for the longest elevator fall survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Over 800,000 women served in the Red Army during World War 2, a significant portion of whom did so in combat roles; there were female snipers, machine-gunners, anti-air gunners, tank crews and even pilots, with some bomber regiments being made up entirely of women, including the ground crews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
In 1945, a B25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, severing the cables of two elevators. One elevator – on the 75th floor at the time – had a female passenger in it, who was able to survive due to the 300m of coiled cable at the bottom of the shaft, which cushioned the elevator’s land history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned about the Sonderkommando Elbe, German ramming missions against Allied bombers. youtube.com/watch?v=y7ZRC…
In 1998 Olympic Bomber Eric Rudolph's brother videotaped himself cutting off his hand with a circular saw to "send a message to the FBI and the media." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned about New York based industrial manufacturer ITT who owned 25% of Nazi aircraft maker Focke-Wulf, builder of some of the most successful Luftwaffe aircraft. In the 1960s, ITT Corporation won $27 million in compensation for damage inflicted on the Focke-Wulf plant by Allied bombers during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITT…
Just as America entered WWII, serial bomber George Metesky informed NYPD that, as a patriot of his country, he would make no bomb threats for the duration of the war. He stayed true to his word. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of the Thule Accident. On January 21st 1968, a B-52 Bomber carrying four nuclear bombs on an emergency mission crashed into sea ice after a fire onboard forced the crew to evacuate. The crash detonated its payload, contaminating the ice and water with radiation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Today I learned about the Italian Unabomber, who placed tiny explosive devices inside everyday objects, including tomato sauce, a Nutella jar, and an egg, in public spaces in parts of Italy. Numerous people, including children, lost fingers and limbs. The bomber operated from 1994 to 2006 and remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Dwight D. Eisenhower said "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants...It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals...We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
On July 8th, 1941 the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney along with the rest of her squadron attempted to shoot down the planet Venus thinking it was a high altitude bomber. Venus managed to survive the engagement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMA…
In 2013, the funeral home that held the body of one of the Boston bombers was unable to find a place to bury him, continuously getting rejected by multiple cemeteries. After several days of rejection, he pleaded: "I'm not burying a terorist. I'm burying a dead body." nytimes.com/live/boston-m…
The stealth B-2 Spirit bomber requires a special air conditioned hangar in order to maintain it's stealth skin properties. This is one of the main maintenance costs associated with the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The Horten Ho 229 was a German prototype fighter/bomber, and the first flying wing to be powered by jet engines. bbc.com/future/story/2016…
Nazi leader Hermann GΓΆring once claimed "No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not GΓΆring. You may call me Meyer.". This would later come back to haunt him as Allied bombers devastated Germany and citizens began to call him "Meyer". en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Her…
In 1955 a B-25 bomber crashed into Mount Timpanogos near Provo, UT. You can still hike to the wreckage. intermountainhistories.or…
A Russian bomber buzzed a US Aircraft Carrier in 1968 and crashed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tup…
A US bomber purposely crashed into a hillside in Sheffield on 22 February 1944, killing everyone on board instead of crashing into a park with a large group of children in it. historyextra.com/period/s…
Today I learned about Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber, a US Air Force pilot that dropped candies on mini parachutes to German children during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai…
From 2000-2001 customers of the British supermarket chain Tesco fell victim to a mail bomber trying to extort the company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
The United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber's "low observability is derived from a combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual and radar signatures. These signatures make it difficult for the sophisticated defensive systems to detect, track and engage the B-2." airman.dodlive.mil/2019/0…
During WW1 France built a fake Paris fitted with lights and even an Arc De Triomphe with the idea being to trick German bombers into bombing that Paris instead of the real one. youtu.be/abUCVr4Zjr0
F-15E has a 81,000 lb max takeoff weight; WW2 Medium Bomber B-25 has a 35,000 lb max takeoff weight. This means an F-15E technically could carry a B-25 with it's full payload and still carry 14,000 lb worth of fuel and armament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
Orville Wright, the younger of the two Wright Brothers, expressed sadness about the death and destruction brought about by the bombers of World War 2, stating β€œI once thought the aeroplane would end wars. I now wonder whether the aeroplane and the atomic bomb can do it.” wrightstories.com/wrights…
On 4 July 2015 pilots in United States Air Force (USAF) F-22A Raptors and USAF F-15 Eagles intercepted Russian Air Force (RAF) Tu-95 "Bear" bombers. The RAF pilots communicated with the USAF pilots: "Good morning American pilots, we are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day." northcom.mil/Portals/28/D…
The last German plane to fly over Britain during WW2 was a jet-engined bomber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
That, during the Korean War, US forces dropped more bombs than during the entirety of the Pacific Campaign in WWII. As a result, 85% of North Korea's buildings and 95% of its power generation capacity was destroyed. By the end of the war, bombers were at times jettisoning bombs into the sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
Only 6 of the 62 B-1 bombers in USAF fleet are flying. 15 are at a repair depot, one is a test plane and the other 5 are split between two bomber wings in SD and TX. The rest are grounded for various reasons. airforcetimes.com/news/yo…
Today I learned about the Berlin Candy Bomber. Gail Halvorsen was an US bomber pilot who dropped candy (his personal ration at first) over West Berlin during the airlift period. He "wiggled" his planes' wings to alert the kids on the ground of which of the many planes was his. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The military is still flying the F-117 stealth bomber after officially retiring it in 2008. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…
Today I learned about Malcolm McCrady, an airforce seargeant with no previous flight experience who, in 1948, stole a B-25 bomber and flew it on a 560 mile joyride from Dayton Ohio to Owatonna Minnesota after getting drunk and homesick. twincities.com/2008/10/25…
At Area 51 Loads of paints and solvents used to make the Stealth bomber and other classified aircraft were set on fire in trenches causing clouds of poisonous smoke for laborers. The smoke resulted in respiratory illness, cancers and rashes. The official response was nothing happened at Area 51 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are…
DC Comics' original candidate for its first headlining black superhero was the Black Bomber, a white racist who would turn into a black superhero under stress. Comics historian Don Markstein called it "an insult to practically everybody with any point of view at all." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In WWII, homing pigeons were carried on B-17 bombers, at heights up to 35,000 ft., so that if the plane was going down, the crew could release the bird (at speeds of up to ~400mph) in order to inform their superiors of their approximate location. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
The world’s oldest living rose is believed to be 1,000 years old. It grows on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany and its presence is documented since A.D. 815. In 1945 allied bombers destroyed the cathedral, yet the bush survived. flowerweb.com/en/article/…
More people have been to space than have ridden in a B-2 stealth bomber. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The most bombed country in history was Laos. Over 2 million tons of ordnance were dropped by U.S. bombers over the cource of 9 years. legaciesofwar.org/about-l…
There are only 8 WWII B-24 Bombers with only two of them airworthy. Diamond Lil a B-24A Bomber and Witchcraft B-24J Bomber which is own by the Collings Foundation. The Collings Foundation take their planes around to over 120 city’s nationwide. This weekend they are in my home town! airplanesofthepast.com/b2…
Today I learned of the Night Witches, a female only Soviet bomber regiment during World War 2. They would fly high up in their quieter WW1 bombers, cut their engines, and bomb the German front line in the middle of the night. This earned them the nickname "Nachthexen" by the Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
The older brother of Eric Rudolph, bomber of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, videotaped himself cutting off his left hand with a radial arm saw to "send a message to the FBI and the media." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned of the Battle of Blair Mountain, an armed uprising of miners in West Virginia and one of the largest since the Civil War. Over 100 people were killed and over 1 million rounds were fired. Private planes and Army bombers were also used against the miners. wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle…
Today I learned about Marinos Mitralexis, a Greek WW2 pilot who downed an Italian bomber by ramming when out of ammo, made an emergency landing and arrested the surviving bomber crew with his pistol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A suicide bomber planning on detonating in Moscow at New Year's Eve, used her phone as the trigger. When her mobile phone company sent her a spam message, the bomb detonated, killing only herself. news.com.au/technology/su…
Today I learned about the "Minot Incident" where six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield nuclear warhead, were mistakenly loaded onto a (USAF) B-52H heavy bomber at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and transported to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Early in his imprisonment, Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, befriended Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Ramzi Yousef, a perpetrator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The trio discussed religion and politics and formed a friendship that lasted until McVeigh's execution in 2001. yahoo.com/news/the-unabom…
The bomber cockpit in Dr. Strangelove was based on a B-29 cockpit because the real B-52 bombers were off limit to the film crew. It turned out to be so accurate that Stanley Kubrick feared that his research team had done their job illegally and that they're about to be investigated by the FBI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Today I learned of Mary Dohey, a flight attended who saved the lives of over 200 people when a potential bomber hijacked a plane. Over the course of 8 hours she managed to convince the hijacker to release every passenger on the plane, turning down her own release out of concern for her fellow crew members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
On March 11, 1958, an Air Force bomber dropped a nuclear weapon on a farm in the rural Mars Bluff community outside Florence, South Carolina. The radioactive payload either wasn’t loaded in the warhead or didn’t detonate β€” the stories differ. postandcourier.com/news/t…
The BV-38 bomber in Raiders of the Lost Ark was not a real plane. Norman Reynolds extrapolated from a number of real designs, most notably the Horten Ho 229, Northrop N1M, and the Vought V-173, the U.S. Navy’s β€œFlying Pancake”. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
In 1962, the CIA stole an abandoned Soviet polar listening station. 2 agents were dropped to retrieve equipments and were later fished out from the site using a sky hook attached to a B-17 bomber. cia.gov/library/center-fo…
The FBI caught one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers after he returned to the Ryder from which he rented the truck used to carry the bomb, wanting the $400 deposit back because his truck was "stolen". nydailynews.com/new-york/…
Dwight D. Eisenhower said "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants...It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals...We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…

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