Nazi Germany planned to drop on New York "dirty bomb" that would carry low-orbit bomber. This writes The Express referring to aviation historian David Mihr (David Myhra).
According to the scientist, the "Silver Bird" was designed by the Austrian inventor Eugen Zengerom (Eugen Saenger) commissioned by the head of "Luftwaffe" Hermann Goering. The commander of the German Air Force was required original and effective way to increase your ranking in the eyes of Hitler.
Goering was looking for a way to cause substantial damage to the U.S., which entered the Second World War, after the December 1941 bombing of Japan conducted the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The problem was that at that time Germany did not have aircraft that without refueling could cross the Atlantic and make a bomb.
Zengera project suggest that "Silver Bird" will appear on the low space orbit from a special monorail. Starting acceleration bomber had to make 36 rockets V-2. 30 seconds after starting the engine weighs about 100 tons had to break away from the ship.
Planned that the bomb, which "Silver Bird" fold to New York, will be packed with radioactive sand. After the bombing of American cities had to hang a radioactive cloud. Scientists point out that the bomb was the prototype of the later "dirty bombs."
As a result, the project was rejected Zengera Goering, giving preference to other options, none of which, however, has not been successfully implemented by the Third Reich. Austrian scientist after the fall of Hitler's regime moved to France, where he died in 1964. It is reported that Zengera tried in vain to find a Joseph Stalin, in order to attract talented mathematician and inventor in space exploration in the USSR.