History Main / RidingTheBomb

21st Feb '17 4:37:56 AM WillyFourEyes
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* A slight variant, but [[Anime/ProjectAKo A-Ko]] uses missiles as stepping stones to fight alien invaders.

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* A slight variant, but [[Anime/ProjectAKo A-Ko]] uses missiles as stepping stones {{stepping stones|InTheSky}} to fight alien invaders.
13th Dec '16 4:54:25 PM Bissek
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* The US tried to build one that was designed to be flown by a trained ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon pigeon]]''; the idea was that the pigeon would be trained to peck at the image of potential targets, and then the target would be projected onto a lens in front of the pigeon; the pigeon would peck it, and thus through a system of electronic controls attached to the unfortunate bird, the missile would self-correct. Despite some actual successes, the US military never picked it up because electronic guidance was coming in anyway, training the pigeons to recognize enough enemy targets took too much time, and they considered the whole thing absurd.

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* The US tried to build one that was designed to be flown by a trained ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon pigeon]]''; the idea was that the pigeon would be trained to peck at the image of potential targets, and then the target would be projected onto a lens in front of the pigeon; the pigeon would peck it, and thus through a system of electronic controls attached to the unfortunate bird, the missile would self-correct. Despite some actual successes, the US military never picked it up because electronic guidance was coming in anyway, training the pigeons to recognize enough enemy targets took too much time, and they considered the whole thing absurd. The project did lead to the development of touch-screen technology, however.
9th Dec '16 9:07:06 PM szielins
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siJlPtWkmzw Surfing on a Rocket]] music video by Music/{{Air}}. Rocket riders include a microcephalic bodybuilder, a rich shark, a mad scientist, George Bush in a cowboy hat with a gasoline hose, a man with a tentacled TV for head, a PlayboyBunny in a US-flag swimsuit, a cannibal emperor and a man with a nuclear mushroom for head.

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* [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siJlPtWkmzw com/watch?v=KfP8qHvOUXc Surfing on a Rocket]] music video by Music/{{Air}}. Rocket riders include a microcephalic bodybuilder, a rich shark, a mad scientist, George Bush in a cowboy hat with a gasoline hose, a man with a tentacled TV for head, a PlayboyBunny in a US-flag swimsuit, a cannibal emperor and a man with a nuclear mushroom for head.
14th Oct '16 3:21:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''ExterminatusNow'' at one point has a crude chalkboard-style stick-figure sketch of what [[KillSat Exterminatus]] actually does (complete with a sketch of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]] labelled "[[CaptainObvious A Bad Thing]]"). The warhead plummeting from space onto the planet? It has a stick-figure cowboy wavin' his hat.

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* ''ExterminatusNow'' ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' at one point has a crude chalkboard-style stick-figure sketch of what [[KillSat Exterminatus]] actually does (complete with a sketch of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]] labelled "[[CaptainObvious A Bad Thing]]"). The warhead plummeting from space onto the planet? It has a stick-figure cowboy wavin' his hat.
29th Sep '16 3:30:22 PM HawkbitAlpha
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The image is much more famous than the film, at this point. It symbolically associates zealotry, jingoism, nuclear war, and cowboy diplomacy. Mostly, it just gets used whenever air-dropped weapons appear in comedy, which is surprisingly frequent. Especially common in [[NewspaperComics Editorial Comics]].

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The image is much more famous than the film, at this point. It symbolically associates zealotry, jingoism, nuclear war, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and cowboy diplomacy.diplomacy]]. Mostly, it just gets used whenever air-dropped weapons appear in comedy, which is surprisingly frequent. Especially common in [[NewspaperComics Editorial Comics]].
14th Aug '16 12:33:05 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** An even older computer game example appears in the intro scene to the [[strike:original]] computerized adaptation of ''TabletopGame/NuclearWar''.

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** * An even older old computer game example appears in the intro scene to the [[strike:original]] computerized adaptation of ''TabletopGame/NuclearWar''.
14th Aug '16 5:10:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** An even older computer game example appears in the intro scene to the [[strike:original]] computerized adaptation of ''NuclearWar''.

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** An even older computer game example appears in the intro scene to the [[strike:original]] computerized adaptation of ''NuclearWar''.''TabletopGame/NuclearWar''.
19th Jul '16 6:38:47 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome What a way to go!]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome [[caption-width-right:330:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome What a way to go!]]]]
19th Jul '16 6:38:37 PM eroock
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7th Jul '16 2:34:22 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Maritime equivalents to the Ohka were also developed; the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiten Kaiten]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kairyu_class_submarine Kairyu]]. The Kaiten was a Type-93 torpedo with a crude cockpit into which one very brave individual would be locked, then fired at an enemy vessel, which was an excellent way to turn an effective weapon into a machine for killing pilots. The Kaitens, rather predictably, killed more of their own (either directly or through the launching submarines being lost) than they did Americans. One is on display on the shore side of Hawaii's USS Arizona Memorial Museum. The Kairyu was more elaborate; it was a midget submarine that carried two torpedoes and a single 600kg warhead, which was to be used for a ramming attack after the torpedoes were fired. They were stationed in Tokyo Bay, intended to be the first line of defence against an anticipated Allied invasion fleet. Due to the atomic bombs, none ever saw action.
* The US tried to build one, too. It was designed to be flown by a trained ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon pigeon]]''; the idea was that the pigeon would be trained to peck at the image of potential targets, and then the target would be projected onto a lens in front of the pigeon; the pigeon would peck it, and thus through a system of electronic controls attached to the unfortunate bird, the missile would self-correct. Despite some actual successes, the US military never picked it up because electronic guidance was coming in anyway, training the pigeons to recognize enough enemy targets took too much time, and they considered the whole thing absurd.
* The Germans, towards the end of the war, developed the Fieseler Fi 103R ''Reichenberg'', which was a V-1 flying bomb with a small cockpit mounted just before the pulsejet. It was to be flown by the 5th ''Staffel'' of ''Kampfsgeschwader'' 200, the so-called "Leonidas Squadron". Technically speaking, it was not a suicide weapon; the pilot was supposed to aim the craft at the target, pop the canopy, and bail out. However, the chances of the pilot surviving the exit (which would, after all, take place directly in front of the pulsejet's intake) were estimated at less than one in twenty. Pilots were required to sign waivers before joining the Leonidas Squadron accepting that its operations would result in certain death[[note]]"I hereby voluntarily apply to be enrolled in the suicide group as part of a human glider-bomb. I fully understand that employment in this capacity will entail my own death."[[/note]]. Test pilots actually managed to pull this off, and the ''Reichenberg'', although it crashed very often, rarely killed its test pilots (Hanna Reitsch survived several crashes unscathed); though test versions, of course, were not fitted with the giant bomb the operation version would carry. Minister of Armaments Albert Speer and the commander of KG 200, ''Geschwaderkommodore'' Werner Baumbach, eventually convinced Hitler than suicide attacks were "not in the German warrior tradition" and it was cancelled. However, during the early stages of the Battle for Berlin, the concept was revived, and Leonidas Squadron pilots flying modified Fw-190s attacked Soviet bridgeheads at Kuestrin, destroying a railway bridge, which was, like the ''Kaiten'' described above, a waste of good men and good platforms.
* A similar project that actually got the go ahead was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb Bat Bomb]], essentially a bomber would drop a large canister during a dawn raid over a Japanese city. The canister was loaded with hundreds of bats, each with a little napalm bomb strapped to their chests, at night they would go off to hunt and roost all over the city. A timer set all the bombs off in the middle of the day after the bats went to sleep, since most Japanese architecture was wood at the time this would have been very effective. The only reason it wasn't used was that the atomic bomb was finished first.
** This is probably for the best. Nuclear weapons were bad enough. Being beaten by bat bombs would have been outright embarrassing.

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** * Maritime equivalents to the Ohka were also developed; the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiten Kaiten]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kairyu_class_submarine Kairyu]]. The Kaiten was a Type-93 torpedo with a crude cockpit into which one very brave individual would be locked, then fired at an enemy vessel, which was an excellent way to turn an effective weapon into a machine for killing pilots. The Kaitens, rather predictably, killed more of their own (either directly or through the launching submarines being lost) than they did Americans. One is on display on the shore side of Hawaii's USS Arizona Memorial Museum. The Kairyu was more elaborate; it was a midget submarine that carried two torpedoes and a single 600kg warhead, which was to be used for a ramming attack after the torpedoes were fired. They were stationed in Tokyo Bay, intended to be the first line of defence against an anticipated Allied invasion fleet. Due to the atomic bombs, none ever saw action.
* The US tried to build one, too. It one that was designed to be flown by a trained ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon pigeon]]''; the idea was that the pigeon would be trained to peck at the image of potential targets, and then the target would be projected onto a lens in front of the pigeon; the pigeon would peck it, and thus through a system of electronic controls attached to the unfortunate bird, the missile would self-correct. Despite some actual successes, the US military never picked it up because electronic guidance was coming in anyway, training the pigeons to recognize enough enemy targets took too much time, and they considered the whole thing absurd.
* The Germans, towards the end of the war, developed the Fieseler Fi 103R ''Reichenberg'', which was a V-1 flying bomb with a small cockpit mounted just before the pulsejet. It was to be flown by the 5th ''Staffel'' of ''Kampfsgeschwader'' 200, the so-called "Leonidas Squadron". Technically speaking, it was not a suicide weapon; the pilot was supposed to aim the craft at the target, pop the canopy, and bail out. However, the chances of the pilot surviving the exit (which would, after all, take place directly in front of the pulsejet's intake) were estimated at less than one in twenty. Pilots were required to sign waivers before joining the Leonidas Squadron accepting that its operations would result in certain death[[note]]"I hereby voluntarily apply to be enrolled in the suicide group as part of a human glider-bomb. I fully understand that employment in this capacity will entail my own death."[[/note]]. Test pilots actually managed to pull this off, and the ''Reichenberg'', although it crashed very often, rarely killed its test pilots (Hanna Reitsch survived several crashes unscathed); though test versions, of course, were not fitted with the giant bomb the operation version would carry. Minister of Armaments Albert Speer and the commander of KG 200, ''Geschwaderkommodore'' Werner Baumbach, eventually convinced Hitler than suicide attacks were "not in the German warrior tradition" and it was cancelled. However, during the early stages of the Battle for Berlin, the concept was revived, and Leonidas Squadron pilots flying modified Fw-190s attacked Soviet bridgeheads at Kuestrin, destroying a railway bridge, which was, like the ''Kaiten'' described above, was a waste of good men and good platforms.
* A similar project that actually got the go ahead was the The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb Bat Bomb]], essentially a bomber would drop a large canister during a dawn raid over a Japanese city. The canister was loaded with hundreds of bats, each with a little napalm bomb strapped to their chests, at night they would go off to hunt and roost all over the city. A timer set all the bombs off in the middle of the day after the bats went to sleep, since most Japanese architecture was wood at the time this would have been very effective. The only reason it wasn't used was that the atomic bomb was finished first.
** This is probably for the best. Nuclear weapons were bad enough. Being beaten by bat bombs would have been outright embarrassing.
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