Even Thomas McGuane, Albert stately and Sviatoslav Richter in the company «Jack Daniels» and «George Dickel» could not come up with the idea so strongly reckless as bats bombers. Typical know-how were born in the head of the surgeon-dentist from Philadelphia Lytle S. Adams.
I recognize that thought attach incendiary devices to bats and release them near the land of the rising sun, it sounds like a hoax in the spirit of the War of the Worlds, but research in this area in the 40s States izderzhali about 2 million bucks.
Thought, Adams popular as a project for the first time visited the dentist in Carlsbad, on the evening tour, when he saw swarms of thousandths of Mexican bats circling above the city. At the same time he had heard the tragic announcement of Pearl Harbor. May be in excess of the doctor inhaled laughing gas during a private dental practice, but he decided that bats could be the perfect remedy for the bombing of the Land of the Rising Sun. He went to Washington with an ambitious proposal and Roosevelt not only endorsed the idea, and gave orders to various factions of the armed forces to take an active role in developing it (Navy even offered to start Bats submarine).
The essence of the idea was based on four pillars. To describe them, I try to pull myself together for the sake of the seriousness of the moment. First: the availability of many Bats, inhabit the cave. 2nd: bats can carry heavy loads. After all, they flit from place to place, carrying their own cubs, well, not one by one. Third, they hibernate, and no need for food or the service during this period. Fourth, they fly and well oriented in the darkness, and at dawn just find hidden places.
The idea was, that stuff huge bomb Sotke ventilated compartments containing sleeping bats (some explanations how they were going to force the mice to fall asleep and wake up, do not drive) attached to it with a mini-bombs. Each compartment should was to contain 40 bats, each of which contains 17 or 28 grams of napalm. According to the miracle project after release high in the air over the night sky, land of the rising sun, the bats need to wake up and fly to the attics and floors of buildings in the town, where the timer fires explosives and arson occurred structure.
Had spent $ 2 million on the development of ideas, and pierced on test flights. What happened was that I could imagine and people with 2 brain cells in the brain. For the most part, Bats not awakened by the team when they had to fly out of the compartments are dropping bombs. When bomb smashing into the ground, the whole area around was strewn with the corpses of the unfortunate mice. Parachutes (yes! I forgot to mention about parachutes? Bombs were equipped with parachutes) were very small, and very heavy bombs.
The incident was a lesson, even as there is a poetic justice, about what might happen if the dig another hole … Some bats are not used in a test flight, but armed with explosives, escaped from the hands of the excellent army of developers and flew away. Some of them found a refuge at the airport, and some liked the car the 1st General of the auxiliary military base in Carlsbad. Do you think that this was the end of the mad plan? Not so fast! The project has been renamed to X-Ray and submitted to the Office of the U.S. Navy, which is lined up with the Marines, the layout of the town for an upcoming project development. And only after that he was eventually canceled with the words "too slow" and the atomic bomb become a promising tool.