Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oops, more work needed....


  1. I know you're going to say that it's a V-2, but I suspect that it's one of the "People's Rockets" in North Korea, cleverly disguised to look like a V-2.

    1. Heh. You so funny, lound-eye. No Christmas card for you from Great Leader! (I know. This is your shocked, stunned, and amazed face).

  2. Reminds me of an essay I read once, which is still online!

    Given how many rockets the Germans built under dire conditions using slave labor, why the heck don't we have daily launches to orbital space stations yet!?!

  3. Years ago I worked with an old WWII vet that stayed in after the war. He was stationed at White Sands and they tested captured V-2's with Werner Von Braun's assistance. Apparently, the gyro was calibrated with a surveyors transit lining up on one fin that was painted black. One day, someone painted the wrong fin black and after launch, the rocket went horizontal just off the deck, landing in a cemetery in Juarez, Mexico. No injuries, but apologies made and accepted.

  4. hence the range safety officer and his self destruct key to stop the errant rocket. shame is the Army did not think of RSOs and distruct devices at first. the Hermans did not think it necessary as they were competent rocket engineers. the Hermans just did not consider anyone that ignorant would be allowed near a rocket. little did they know the Army is full of the ignorant untrained people. But, training will mask a lot of ignorance. which is a good thing. read a few Army Field Manuals if you do not believe me. I believe they are still written for the sixth grade level educated individual in many MOS's. definitely not dissing the Army. Proud of the Big Green Machine. just the way things are.