Developing top secret weapons has been big business ever since mankind first went to war. Over the year billions and billions of dollars has been ploughed into research and development in the hope of coming up with the absurd and powerful weapons that will bring a nations enemies to its knees.
Despite the billions of dollars that get pumped into developing top secret weapons there are plenty of them that never ever get finished or completed. In fact there are many top secret weapons out there which never even make it off the drawing board.
1 – Lunar Nuclear Bomb
Back in the days when the space race was kind of a big deal the United States of America were all set to have a real tantrum because the Soviet Union was leading the way. Rather than lose to the Soviet Union the United States decided to begin drawing up plans on ways they could blow up the moon. It was believed that by blowing up the moon public morale would be enhanced but thankfully the project, known as 119-A, was never carried out.
Obviously the United States government realised that the moon is somewhat important to the Earth and we are better off with it rather than without it.
2 – Iceberg Aircraft Carrier
During World War II the British military devised a plan by the name of Project Habakkuk. The idea at the heart of this plan was to build an aircraft carrier using a mixture of wood pulp and ice. There were many plans drawn up based on the idea of building an aircraft carrier simply by adding strips of wood to an iceberg but in the end the plan was scrapped when some clever scientist on a huge government funded wage decided that the project was a huge waste of time, money and resources.
3 – The Flying Dorito
The Flying Dorito was also known as the A-12 Avenger II. The A-12 Avenger II was an all-weather, carrier-based stealth bomber replacement for the Grumman A-6 Intruder in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The project was never fully completed due to a variety of problems and was dropped completely in 1991 having wasted over $5 billion.
4 – Soviet Doomsday Device
When former high ranking members of the Soviet military and the Central Committee of the Communist Party participated in interviews with American defence contractor BDM, it was discovered that a project by the name Dead Hand was in development during the 1990’s. There have been many contradictory stories regarding this project and it’s deployment but we do know it is possible still a fully operational nuclear – control system that can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors, creating a fail-deadly deterrence.
5 – The Un-landable Aeroplane
The US government wanted fighters on all their ships instead of having an aircraft take off only from carriers. The XFV Salmon plane was made with landing gear on its tail. But since the pilots couldn’t land backwards on the ship and that the jet was much slower than other contemporary fighters and was far too complicated to fly, the idea of having fighter jets on every ship was dropped.
6 – Intruder from the Future
Imagine a bomber, designed to carry atomic bombs that can fly at an altitude of 15 miles and three times the speed of sound. The B-70 Valkyrie was supposed to be the aviation dream from the future, but while it was developed, the improvements of high-altitude surface-to-air missiles, the change to low-level penetration bombing, the program’s high development costs, and the introduction of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs) led to the cancellation of the B-70 program in 1961. Two prototypes were eventually used; one of them crashed following a mid-air collision in 1966.
7 – The Thunder Screech
An experimental turboprop aircraft, the XF-84H was powered by a turbine engine that was mated to a supersonic propeller. But due to the noise that the aircraft caused from its engines which could be heard 25 miles away while starting up and caused severe nausea and blowing out eardrums to the ground crew, led to its cancellation.