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