In 1985, an F-15A launched an anti-satellite missile from a 65-degree climb at 38,100 feet, knocking out an orbiting satellite 345 miles above the Earth; the missile traveled at 11,000 mph when it hit the satellite, which was orbiting at 17,000 mph theaviationgeekclub.com/f…
In the first Gulf War a B-52 bomber mistakenly targeted a fighter with their tail gun radar. The fighter shot back with a HARM missile, causing damage, but no fatalities. Afterwards, the bomber was renamed "In HARM's Way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM…
Mike Birbiglia is a diagnosed sleepwalker who jumped through a second story window while dreaming that a missile was about to hit his hotel. Birbiglia restrains himself by sleeping in a sleeping bag and wearing mittens at night. rollingstone.com/culture/…
After the Reagan assassination attempt, the top aides didn’t have the briefcase containing the codes for launching nuclear missiles, the Veep was unavailable, & no-one knew what to do. A Soviet sub then moved closer than usual to the US. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
, in 1959, the submarine USS Barbero fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile carrying 3000 letters towards a naval base in Mayport, Florida, as part of the Post Office Department's plan of testing the capabilities of 'missile mail' popularmechanics.com/flig…
As the British were forced to abandon the mortally-wounded HMS Sheffield missile destroyer during the 1982 Falklands war, Sub-lieutenant Carrington-Wood led the crew in singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
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…
During the Soviets' attempts to shoot down Francis Gary Powers' U2 spy plane in 1960, a Soviet fighter pilot was mistakenly hit by a Surface-to-Air Missile and died from his injuries. His death was hidden from the Soviet people for over 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The last time the British Empire expanded was 1955, when they annexed a tiny rock 300km off the Scottish coast to prevent the Soviets spying on their ballistic missile tests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
If the SR-71 was attacked by surface-to-air missiles, it simply flew higher, faster, and in a slightly different direction to outrun them. theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
The unofficial motto of the U.S. Air Force crews serving in America's nuclear missile silos is 'Death Wears Bunny Slippers' because of the tendency for missileers to wear pajamas and Snuggies while on duty. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
B.F. Skinner almost convinced the army to use pigeon-guided missiles, where pigeons would sit in the nose of the missile and peck a screen to change the direction. military-history.org/arti…
The US military would spray experimental missiles with shark oil so they could recover any debris with the help of sniffer dogs trained to follow the shark scent. wsmr-history.org/Dogs.htm
Sony needed military export permits from the Japanese trade ministry for the export of PlayStation 2s. The PS2 was so good at processing high quality images quickly that the Japanese government believed it was possible to adapt it for use in missile guidance systems. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
When the PS2 was being launched, it received special import regulations because of its GPU's capability to generate high quality images at high speeds, a shared trait with missile guidance systems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dua…
Today I learned of the Skyfall missile - a nuclear-powered cruise missile intended to cruise indefinitely, all the while spewing radioactive exhaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M7…
In an effort to reduce collateral damage, a modified hellfire missile was designed that, instead of exploding, deployed a series of whirling swords on impact. Names include the 'Flying Ginsu' and the 'Ninja Bomb' taskandpurpose.com/news/r…
Barbie's designer got his start making missiles for Raytheon until Ruth Handler, then-president of Mattel, tempted him away in 1955 with the position of head of research and development at the fledgling Mattel. popularmechanics.com/cult…
In 1999 Yugoslavian Lt Col ZoltΓ‘n Dani was responsible for shooting down an F-117A with a surface-to-air missile. The American pilot, Dale Zelko, ejected safely and twelve years later became friends with Lt Col ZoltΓ‘n Dani, who now runs a bakery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Today I learned of the Ismail brothers, Raghib, Qadry and Sulaiman, who played professional football in the 90s. Their nicknames; Rocket, Missile and The Bomb en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
If the SR-71 was attacked by surface-to-air missiles, it simply flew higher, faster, and in a slightly different direction to outrun them. nationalinterest.org/blog…
β€œDo You Hear What I Hear” was written in 1962 by a songwriting couple as a call for peace amidst the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was in the French Resistance & she grew up next to JFK. It sold out its initial run & has appeared on more than 120 albums. naturegeezer.com/2016/09/…
In 2002 three geriatric Catholic nuns broke into a US nuclear missile launch facility, vandalized it with hammers, and drew crosses on the silo with their own blood. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of the Strategic Defense Initiative, which was an anti-ballistic missile program, launched by Ronald Reagan in the 80's, that was intended to use lasers and satellites to shoot down nuclear missiles in space. Because of this, the program was commonly referred to as "Star Wars". atomicheritage.org/histor…
In 1959 the U.S. Navy submarine USS Barbero used a nuclear capable SSM-N-8 "Regulus" cruise missile to deliver mail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The Christmas Carol "Do you Hear What I Hear", was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_…
Today I learned about Operation MIAS (Missing in Action Stingers). After giving cash & missiles to Afghani Mujahideen to fight the USSR, the US later approved $55m to buy back missiles (then being sold on the black market) to prevent use against American aircraft. The program is considered a "failure." wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It's because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. They could run for another 40 years with spare parts. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
During the cold war a big solarflare knocked out a set of US surveillance radars leading them to believe that the soviets were blocking the radars which was a scenario they had planned for where they would also fire nuclear missiles within 15 minutes. Scientist explination stopped the war. space.com/33687-solar-sto…
Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Following 2018's false alarm of a ballistic missile strike in Hawaii, a man had a near-fatal heart attack after saying what he thought was his final goodbyes to his children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Boeing's current logo was made as the result of the company's merging with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. The design was a ring surrounding a sphere, similar to McDonnell Douglas' logo design, which had the globe encircled with a missile and a aircraft. aerotime.aero/22887-the-e…
Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room, Merkhav Mugan, impermeable to chemical and biological substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Underwater explosions can be used to manufacture complicated jet engine parts and missile cones in a process that's called "explosive forming". engineeringclicks.com/exp…
After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Moscow-Washington hotline was established by President Kennedy and Soviet leader Khrushchev for quicker direct communication between the US and USSR. The first official use of the hotline was to send news of Kennedy's assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The CIA has a "ninja missile" that uses spinning blades and kinetic force rather than explosives to minimize collateral damage militarytimes.com/2020/06…
During the 1990's it's believed that up to 90% of the worldwide supply of LSD was manufactured in an decommissioned US missile silo converted into a luxury hideaway with hot tubs and bath appointed with imported marble. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
The Cuban Missile Crisis began when a CIA operative noticed soccer fields on a Cuban Military Base. β€œCubans play baseball, Russians play soccer” cnn.com/2014/06/05/us/col…
During the combat debut of the Sidewinder Air-to-air Missile in 1958, a missile wedged into its target but failed to explode, allowing the hit plane to return to base and the Soviets to reverse-engineer it. Named the R-3S Missile, it even featured identical part numbers to the captured missile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM…
Pyroceram, the material used in the traditional "Casserole" dish by CorningWare, was discovered by accident, and was initially used as as material for the nose-cones of ballistic missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
A Nuclear Ballistic Missile was almost launched from McConnell Air Force Base in 1980 because a technician loaded the wrong data into a computer. The crew was able to avoid the launch after switching off the main power to the building. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
In 1984, an anti-cruise missile activist poured red paint on the only good copy of the Canadian Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced to 89 days in weekend jail. cbc.ca/archives/entry/198…
France provided 'material support' to Argentina during the Falklands War. Despite France claiming they were not helping Argentina, evidence surfaced that indicated French technical teams remained in Argentina helping them to fix and use missiles that were deployed against British forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The USS Missouri, the battleship on which the Japanese Surrendered in 1945 fired tomahawks cruise missiles in the 1991 Gulf War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter became a defense consultant mostly by accident while becoming an expert in missile defense systems while trying to find new music recording technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Fire in Sweden turns cans of rotten fish into exploding missiles bbc.com/news/world-middle…
Israel’s El Al airline puts missile jamming devices on their jet airliners abcnews.go.com/Blotter/is…
In order to minimize civilian casualties, the CIA has been using a drone missile which pops out several steel blades at the last moment to slice its targets into bits -- and that it's nicknamed the β€œFlying Ginsu” popularmechanics.com/mili…

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