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The Supermarine Swift circa 1950; this early era air superiority jet aircraft was designed with an afterburner that did not work at high altitude. The Supermarine Swift is classical "Haste makes waste". It was designed and developed just too fast. Nothing else need be said.
Helmut0815 wrote:I would clearly vote for Project Pluto/Vought SLAM.
A nuclear ramjet powered supersonic cruise missile flying at low altitude with a speed of Mach 3 leaving a trace of destruction caused by its shockwave and contaminating everything along its route with radioactive fallout. The ordnance would have consisted of 16 thermonuclear warheads of 1 MT each. After all bombs were dropped it was proposed to fly around over the USSR for hours or days causing more destruction and radioactive contamination. At the end of reactor lifetime it would have crashed into some city turning it into inhabitable wasteland.
Bizarre. Insane. Thank God it was never completed.
ChristopherPerrien wrote:Wasn't there landmine that looked like "dog poop"?
Which begs he question who would step on it, if they saw it?
Both recoilless guns proved to have poor accuracy in testing, so the shell's greatest effect would have been its extreme radiation hazard. The M-388 would produce an almost instantly lethal radiation dosage (in excess of 10,000 rem) within 500 feet (150 m), and a probably fatal dose (around 600 rem) within a quarter mile (400 m).
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