Airborne Awesomosity

A Last Minute Heinkel: A Throwaway Fighter Tale


Up until 1944, the Luftwaffe had great success intercepting Allied bombers. With point defense fighters, the bomber fleets of the good guys suffered pretty significant casualties. That all changed in early 1944. The Allies now had long range P-51 Mustangs. Worse, they changed tactics. Instead of simply escorting the bombers and waiting for the Germans to attack, the P-51s went ahead of the bombers and cleared the way.

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Computers You Should Know

IBM And Nazi Germany

In 1911, four computing companies — Tabulating Machine Company, International Time Recording Company, Computing Scale Company, and Bundy Manufacturing Company — merged to form Computing Tabulating Recording Company. Later, in 1924, CTRC would be renamed International Business Machines. IBM soon became an international company with business units in most major countries, including Germany.

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AT Hall of Fame

Science and Intrigue

This is Albert Szent-Györgyi. You probably haven’t heard of him (unless you clicked on Google’s doodle today). He’s the man credited with discovery of Vitamin C and citric acid. But there’s much more to his story.
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Airborne Awesomosity

Beating The Air Into Submission

After building the evil autogyros under license, Professor Henrich Focke decided that even more evil could be unleashed on mankind. What if we powered the rotor! We could create a flying machine so dastardly, it would take six years before a human would be able to harness the evil into a producible and, therefore, not-as-likely-to-kill-you machine.
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Computers You Should Know

Zuse Z3

Konrad Zuse was a civil engineer that was tired of making calculations by hand. He was a smart guy, and doing things the way they had always been done wasn’t a problem…except that they could be done better. So, Herr Zuse set out to build a computer. In 1941, he finished the Z3. It had 2,000 relays, operated at about 5-10 Hz, and is considered one of the first operational programmable, Turing-complete computers.
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Airborne Awesomosity, Military-Grade Awesome

Nazi Guided Missiles mit Rockets!

Let’s say you’re a megalomaniac bent on world domination. You’ve convinced your people that all their problems are the fault of the Jews, homosexuals, and Communists. You rolled into Poland and signed a treaty with Russia that you plan on breaking soon. You’ve taken over the Rhineland and annexed Austria. The Sudetenland is yours, and Britain and America are turning a blind eye. You have allies south of you in Italy and east of you in Japan. It all seems so grand. Continue reading Nazi Guided Missiles mit Rockets!