All that advanced technology and Germany still managed to lose the war.
Nazis were fools
Excellent parallels to moden technology here. Technology often doesn't fix things, it just allows people to be much bigger dicks with a wider audience. But that wider audience is more people to push back at your dickishness.
+Danny Quizon Well taking on Russia certainly didn't help them.
Its a bird its a.plane.its a ham sandwitch
Its french fry slicer.
That natter looks battered
That's the Bachem Ba.349 Natter. It was designed to be launched like a missile and flown towards enemy aircraft by the on-board pilot. At that point, he'd fire all of those missiles in the nose and bail out, all the parts would then come down with several parachutes. It never became operational, and killed the only pilot who would ever fly it from a vertical launch.
That is awesome
Ba 349, Made by Bachem Werke GmbHNamed as "Natter" ( Snake )
not high tech at all , more like a desperate attempt to stop the bombing runs.
+michel prins actually it was a bizarre mix of high and low tech. So that it could be built cheaply, Bachem used as many non-strategic materials as he could. Many of the components were built of wood and low-grade steel. The rocket engines were another story. They were a mix of solid fuel rockets and the same liquid fueled engine used in the Me.163.
The idea was that the Natter would launch vertically (thus no need for a permanent runway), and be guided most of the way by an autopilot. The otherwise untrained pilot's only real job was to aim the aircraft towards the bombers and fire the rockets. That finished, the aircraft would dive unpowered, seperate into several pieces, then pilot and airplane parts would parachute to earth (thus no landing runway). It was thus a kind of manned anti-aircraft missile.
Sponsored by Heinrich Himmler, it was built in special SS factories. The project shows the strength of Germany's tech "wizards," and the weakness of its strategic thinking. The Germans got very excited about technology, but didn't think very hard about what they actually needed. Their best bet in 1944 was the Me.262 jet fighter. It should have been the only thing they built. Instead they divided up their production capacity with obsolete propeller-driven aircraft, two extremely crazy rocket fighter projects that never got them anywhers (the Natter was one), and a mulititude of jets that divided up production capacity even more. As a result, none of this "high tech" stuff made much difference — except to the postwar plastic model builders and today's fantasy gamers.
I haven't even touched on the fact that during most of World War II, nobody really knew how to build a jet engine. That delayed all of the jet projects on both sides more than anything else. I said that the Germans should have put all of their money on the Me.262. It had the world's first axial flow jet engine, the kind that now powers every airliner you've ever flown on. However the German engines were so bad that they weren't supposed to last more than about 25 hours! In contrast, Allied jet engines were more reliable but more primitive — as were the airframes. Because of all this, there is no record of any jet-to-jet combat from World War II. That would take place over Korea five years later.
Bachem Natter, vertical start, its nose bear the rackets.
That WWII German attack fighter looks a little like the Me163. Which aeroplane might that one be?
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