Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hitler's Plan to Atom Bomb New York

Sanger's  Silverbird (Silbervogel) Amerika Bomber

Today on Far Future Horizons we present - Hitler's Plan to Atom Bomb New York.

In 1944 in the final months of the Second World War, the Nazi top brass believed that a rudimentary nuclear weapon might soon be within their scientists' grasp.

Hitler in a desperate bid to turn the tide of war, devised a secret plan for an aircraft that would usher in the age of global terrorism -- the 'Amerika Bomber'. This would deliver the hoped-for 'wonder weapon' directly on to the biggest target of them all: New York City.

Hitler's Plan to Atom Bomb New York uncovers the astonishing competition that was held between Germany's top aviation designers to build a completely new aircraft capable of carrying and dropping the bomb on the towers of Manhattan skyline. They included a giant V-rocket that would later provide the basis for the Apollo Saturn V and a high-altitude craft with fundamental similarities to the modern space shuttle.

 The A6 EMW was designed by Dr. Werner von Braun as a derivative of the original A4, better known in the West as the V2

The winner of the competition was a huge V winged jet plane capable of crossing the Atlantic and returning in a single flight was rushed into production.

Horten Flying Wing 1

This documentary tells the story of how close the 'Amerika Bomber' came into being before an Allied mission put an end to the project once and for all.

Horten Flying Wing 2

Allen Steele's V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History , a recently released novel dramatizes many of the possibilities outlined in today’s documentary feature.

It's 1941, and Wernher von Braun is ordered by his Fuehrer to abandon the V2 rocket and turn German resources in a daring new direction: construction of a manned orbital spacecraft capable of attacking the U.S. Work on the rocket—called Silbervogel—begins at Peenemunde. Though it is top secret, British intelligence discovers the plan, and brings word to Franklin Roosevelt. The American President determines that there is only one logical response: the U.S. must build a spacecraft capable of intercepting Silbervogel and destroying it. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel rocket, agrees to head the classified project.

So begins a race against time—between two secret military programs and two brilliant scientists whose high-stakes competition will spiral into a deadly game of political intrigue and unforeseen catastrophes played to the death in the brutal skies above America.     


Hitler's Plan To Atom Bomb New York

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1 comment:

  1. So, Hitler was going to bomb New York with a bomb they wouldn't have until at least the 50s, carried by a spaceplane we now know was designed wrong for reentry, flown by a pilot who wouldn't even get to make a test flight first before trying to hit a target on the other side of the planet...

    ...sounds like we dodged a bullet there!

    "Postwar analysis of the Silbervogel design involving a mathematical control analysis unearthed a computational error and it turned out that the heat flow during the initial atmospheric re-entry would have been far higher than originally calculated by Sänger and Bredt; if the Silbervogel had been constructed according to their flawed calculations the craft would have been destroyed during re-entry."