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Ancient History: Kite bombs Answered

From the article:   We investigate the kite bömb - a never before built medieval siege weapön that dropped bómbs from a kite over cities. We build one and test it with startling new insights and success.

We investigate ancient bouncing bõmbs that actually skip across water - ...


Source of article.    I saw this on the Ancient Discoveries. Over the weekend I believe, on TV.
The key to stability was a long tail......

Here is a source of information given to me by Kiteman,  concerning the Ancient Kite Bómbs (arial attacks before the airplane or balloon).  

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

11 years ago

Have you heard of the dam busters? It was a particular type of bomb that skipped along water under an anti bomb net thingo, once it hit the wall the spinning action would send it down till it got to a certain depth and the pressure of the water would set it off. Truly amazing stuff.

Ooh, found it.
www.dambusters.org.uk/

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Yes apparently they got the idea for that from these Ancient canon shooters that did the same thing long before we had flight capability.
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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

Isn't evolution of technology amazing?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Its even cooler (I think) that many things we use now were done long ago...
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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

Like the Blogs of Moses!

The extant documents are, however, in disrepute at the moment, since they purport Moses as having predicted the success of Enron.

It is also unclear whether Moses used the Ark of the Covenant as a computer (It would have had 20 Hz processing power -- you read that correctly, twenty hertz), or whether Aaron custom-ordered one from Dell.

It contains the first instance of the term "OMG," being used to begin a prayer.

Blogs of Moses, for purified eyes only

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Aren't    you read that correctly, twenty hertz),
AND
custom-ordered one from Dell.

The same thing? 
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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

That is still a huge debate among scholars of pseudepigrapha today. I take the stance that, no, it isn't necessarily the same thing.


Awwwww, BURN, Dell! Awwwww!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, true.....sometimes they run....fast....to their own death (i.e. BSOD ftw   or should that be FTL ?  :-) 
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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

Perhaps, combining two internet-isms, FTF (For the FAIL).

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

True,  there is the choice between for the fail, or the opposite of FTW, as for the loss.  :-) 
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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

 I love the technology used in ancient China, with explosives and stuff.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

An intriguing part of history.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Especially the "rock skipping" application.
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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

darn, the link has been replaced :-(

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

11 years ago

That PDF was really interesting. :D

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

The TV show I am referring to, showed them doing much the same thing, only long before flight.  Using cannon located along the shore line, they could skip the canon balls along the water line and easily sink ship at quite a distance, without having to judge the lob of the canon ball.  Just aim straight at and shoot.
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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

I don't know if this will be shown in the UK, but I'll try and keep an eye out for it.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I was also intrigued by the "mortar skipping" they showed on the same episode. 
Leveling a canon to near sea level, gave them the ability to just shoot in the direction of a target ship, without worrying whether a LOB would come down in the right place or not.   As long as the mortar had enough energy to reach the target, it would hit and explode at close to the water level;  sinking the ship.
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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

And I thought I had this post. : (

It's a great movie, have you watched it?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Yes, they actually mentioned that they were probably inspired by this ancient practice (although the ancients used canons anchored on the shore line)  :-) 

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Gosh...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I remember showing my buds when I was younger, that I could skip any palm sized or smaller stone they could find.    

This just means I wasn't the first to know one can skip round objects across the water LOL