When U.S. Planned To Use ‘Manned’ Nuclear Missiles To Bomb Moscow

The relations between Russia and the United States have hit a new low. After annexing Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin has won the Kremlin’s backing to launch airstrikes in Syria. Relations between the Cold War foes were much worse after the end of the second World War. In fact, in 1952, the United States considered using a manned Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) carrying nuclear weapons to bomb Moscow.

When U.S. Planned To Use 'Manned' Nuclear Missiles To Bomb Moscow

It was originally Germans’ idea

The idea of using manned rockets or missiles goes back to Nazi Germany, who wanted to conquer space. They proposed A9/A10, the world’s first trans-Atlantic ballistic missile design. According to Encyclopedia Astronautica, it would go 390 kilometers above the Earth, and then re-enter the atmosphere with a long glide to extend the range.

The pilot manning the missile was supposed to be guided by radio beacons on submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon approaching the target, the pilot would lock in the target and eject. Following the end of second World War, the U.S. brought in many top German scientists to work on its space program.

A manned rocket that could carry 4,000-pound nuclear bomb

The Bell Aircraft Corporation had proposed a two-stage rocket. It would ascend into space before gliding to a target at four times faster than the speed of sound. It was supposed to have a glide range of 4,000 miles. If that wasn’t enough, the two crew rocket would carry a 4,000-pound nuclear bomb. But the U.S. Air Force needed a higher glide range because the distance between Cape Canaveral and Moscow was close to 5,000 miles.

Michael Peck of the National Interest says the U.S. Air Force was so impressed by the whole idea that they proposed the MX-2276 reconnaissance rocket-glider with a glide range of 10,000 miles without bomb load. Eventually, America’s space glider project took shape into the X-20 Dyna-Soar. However, the project was cancelled in 1963 due to costs and technical issues with developing the right rocket booster. Later they found that unmanned ICBMs were more efficient than manned glider-bombers in delivering nuclear weapons.

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  • Pintra Pereka Makarya

    any how, if it intends to destroy human life in the world, they are barbaric. Are like animals that want to eat all other animals.

  • cieara

    First, all native Indians were killed or driven out, Then imported black human beings as farm work force. Bombed Japan, Next, Russia,China…. This is America!

  • meow-meow-meow

    Not something to be proud of here really… manned nuclear weapons to destroy another country.. copied from the Nazis…

  • DCarleton

    So Major “King” Kong wasn’t doing anything original.

  • Andrew Oriez

    Big Deal if it was…..

  • Patriot67

    At least we can now know Russia is not an axis of evil.

  • disqus_cczHVJhqgY

    What kind of people would plan this? Evil!

  • VY CanisMajoris

    Washington did come close to committing suicide.

  • DerpDerpDerp

    It’s Indian.

    But I assume many things sound Muslim to you. Shukla means “white”. Not sure if that’s a Muslim invented color or something.

    Did the Muslims invent white or something?

  • Juan Aulet

    Vikas SHUKLA, sounds like a muslim to me!

  • Joe B.

    Having the pilot eject near enemy territory, seconds before they nuke the capitol…… Personally, I would ride the bomb in rather than risk getting captured and tortured by the KGB.