Ep 291: World wars, aircraft and rocket

World wars, aircraft and rocket

We follow the development of airplane engines and rockets from the wright Brothers through the end of world war II. By the end, the stage is set for an arms race, and the space race.

Here’s a bit about the work by Albert Einstein in 1905.

The Year Of Albert Einstein

Here’s something on how we found out about radioactivity.

The History of Radiation

Here’s an article about the history of nuclear fission, which is how we built nuclear bombs.

A short history of nuclear fission

Here’s a video about the v-2 rocket.

The V2 Rocket – how it works

Here’s an article about the v-2.

V2: The Nazi rocket that launched the space age

Here’s a link to a video that shows a couple of planes that use a rotary engine, meaning the cam shaft holds still while the rest of the engine spins around it.

WW1: Two Rotary-Engine Fighter Aircraft

Here’s an article about the b-29, from the company that designed it.

Boeing: Historical Snapshot: B-29 Superfortress

In this video, we ride along inside a b-29 while it takes a short flight, listening in as the crew go through their procedures and check lists.

Crawl through a B-29 Superfortress IN FLIGHT!