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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46770 on: March 30, 2014, 10:35:09 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
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I believe they also had manned V1s.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46771 on: March 30, 2014, 10:36:09 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
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Well yeah, but Joe Everyman would think of this when hearing the word 'torpedo'.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46772 on: March 30, 2014, 10:39:09 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
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Well yeah, but Joe Everyman would think of this when hearing the word 'torpedo'.
There is an example in the "Japan" section, the Kaiten human torpedo, which is an actual torpedo with an actual dude driving it.
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« Reply #46773 on: March 30, 2014, 10:41:48 am »

I bought some had soap yesterday, and when I used it, I felt an odd burning sensation on my hands. Not a "ohmygodmyfleshismelting" burning, but more of a "oh hey, my hands are radiating heat" kind of thing. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant, though. Either something is wrong, or I may have suddenly discovered that the secret to fire magic is shea butter hand soap.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46774 on: March 30, 2014, 10:43:04 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
Wikipedia is thine confidant.
I believe they also had manned V1s.
One manned V1, flown by a volunteer ace pilot to work out some of the glitches. Pretty sure they had a bail-out system.
I think, IIRC, other caveats.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46775 on: March 30, 2014, 10:46:30 am »

I bought some had soap yesterday, and when I used it, I felt an odd burning sensation on my hands. Not a "ohmygodmyfleshismelting" burning, but more of a "oh hey, my hands are radiating heat" kind of thing. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant, though. Either something is wrong, or I may have suddenly discovered that the secret to fire magic is shea butter hand soap.

Might be an allergic reaction. Keep in mind, when you feel hot or cold INSIDE (so, not when you put your hand in a stove), 90% of the time what you're feeling is actually blood flow in the area.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46776 on: March 30, 2014, 11:09:39 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
Wikipedia is thine confidant.
I believe they also had manned V1s.
One manned V1, flown by a volunteer ace pilot to work out some of the glitches. Pretty sure they had a bail-out system.
I think, IIRC, other caveats.
There were late-war plans to provide a pilot to serve as terminal guidance. It never took off because Germany has never had the cultural motif of honorable suicide that Japan has.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46777 on: March 30, 2014, 11:11:39 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
Wikipedia is thine confidant.
I believe they also had manned V1s.
One manned V1, flown by a volunteer ace pilot to work out some of the glitches. Pretty sure they had a bail-out system.
I think, IIRC, other caveats.
There were late-war plans to provide a pilot to serve as terminal guidance. It never took off because Germany has never had the cultural motif of honorable suicide that Japan has.
I agree with that, but I've played several games of B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th, that don't. Seriously, I've lost more planes to enemy fighters crashing into them then the fighter's guns and flak combined.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46778 on: March 30, 2014, 11:12:39 am »

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« Reply #46779 on: March 30, 2014, 11:21:35 am »

Usually they're no-man torpedoes, since they go boom when reaching their target.
Wikipedia is thine confidant.
I believe they also had manned V1s.
One manned V1, flown by a volunteer ace pilot to work out some of the glitches. Pretty sure they had a bail-out system.
I think, IIRC, other caveats.
There were late-war plans to provide a pilot to serve as terminal guidance. It never took off because Germany has never had the cultural motif of honorable suicide that Japan has.
I agree with that, but I've played several games of B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th, that don't. Seriously, I've lost more planes to enemy fighters crashing into them then the fighter's guns and flak combined.
That was also a late-war tactic by the Luftwaffe (although in the case of the game, it was most likely poor AI or something). Large numbers of pilots were pulled from experimental programs such as the Me-163 rocket fighter and given the task of finding a survivable method of crashing a fighter into an attacking bomber. The Reich's more sturdy fighters could pull off such a maneuver almost intact under ideal conditions, but such conditions were very rare, and the tactic didn't last long.
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« Reply #46780 on: March 30, 2014, 12:38:58 pm »

I was going to mention that. I think I remember seeing something about that on the History channel or something. They tried to shear the tail off the bomber with the wings of the fighter, and then have the pilot parachute down.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46781 on: March 30, 2014, 12:46:39 pm »

I was going to mention that. I think I remember seeing something about that on the History channel or something. They tried to shear the tail off the bomber with the wings of the fighter, and then have the pilot parachute down.
Are you sure they didn't do that to attract the wrath of aliens onto their enemies?
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #46782 on: March 30, 2014, 01:03:06 pm »

I was going to mention that. I think I remember seeing something about that on the History channel or something. They tried to shear the tail off the bomber with the wings of the fighter, and then have the pilot parachute down.
Hah. Soviet fighters were doing that since the very first days of WW2.

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The He-111 has been struck down.

And even before that.
Captain Nesterov strikes the Albatross in the centerplane with his Nieuport-IV, crushing it!
The Nieuport-IV has lodged firmly in the wound!
The Albatross collides with an obstacle!
Captain Nesterov collides with an obstacle!

The Albatross has been struck down.
Captain Nesterov has been struck down.


That was WW1, and Nesterov was the guy who invented aerobatics, period. Then he thought he'd invent aerial ramming, but didn't quite make it.
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« Reply #46784 on: March 30, 2014, 01:27:39 pm »

Relevant.

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