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Russia: Passengers ‘get out and push’ frozen plane

Homeward bound: Frozen brake pads were no match for these passengers

Passengers due to take a flight in Siberia had to get out and push the aircraft after its brake pads froze solid, it’s reported.

The plane was trying to take off from the Russian town of Igarka, but was unable to move after the temperature fell to -52C.

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The bizarre world of Hikaru Cho, a Japanese artist, who uses acrylics to paint weird and lifelike pictures on her human canvases.

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She Lives In A Boeing 727

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What a creative idea! Joanne Ussary bought a used Boeing 727. She paid $2,000.00 for the plane. It cost $4,000.00 to move and $24,000.00 to renovate. But not bad for a $30,000.00 investment… The stairs open with a garage door remote and one of the bathrooms is still intact. There is a personal Jacuzzi in the cockpit. The Boeing home is featured as part of a collection of creative conversions. It has a spectacular view!

 

 

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Last Raid of the Nuclear Vulcans

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Peru’s UFO investigations office to be reopened

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Air force to revive office that lay dormant for five years after increased sightings of ‘anomalous aerial phenomena’

1963 picture purportedly showing a UFO in New Mexico. The Peruvian unit will bring together sociologists, archaeologists, astronomers, meteorologists and air force personnel to analyse sightings. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Peru’s air force is reopening an office responsible for investigating UFOs due to “increased sightings of anomalous aerial phenomena” in the country’s skies.

The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (DIFAA), first created in 2001, is being revived after lying formant for five years because more UFO sightings have been reported to the media, said Colonel Julio Vucetich, head of the air force’s aerospace interests division.

The unit will bring together sociologists, archaeologists, astronomers, meteorologists and air force personnel to analyse these events, Vucetich told the Guardian. “Many people don’t report UFO sightings because they fear they will be labelled mad or made fun of, but nowadays with new technology – cellphone videos, Facebook, Twitter – they can be much more open, without feeling that they are the only ones who have seen what they’ve seen,” he said.

“This new office needs those people to come and report their sightings so we can open a file and, using their information, do the respective analysis and investigation,” he added, flicking through a hefty scrapbook of newspaper cuttings recording Peruvian UFO sightings dating from 1950 to the present day. Peru’s Institute for Studies of Historic Aerospace is turning it into a book.

Vucetich said the office had responded to increased sightings of natural and artificial phenomena, from meteorites to “space junk” in Peru. “When you present evidence of UFOs, people can react with terror or hysteria, so we have to be very careful how we present it,” he stressed.

UFO sightings are not uncommon in Peru. Two weeks ago, local media reported that villagers in Marabamba, in Peru’s central Huanuco region, watched luminous balls of light in the sky over several days. Numerous reported sightings of UFOs have been made in Chilca, a beach resort 59km south of Lima. The unexplained sightings have attracted UFO investigators from around the world. One former resident, Paulina Jimenez, 82, told the Guardian how 16 years ago she saw “a huge number of flashing lights” over a bluff overlooking the resort’s Yaya beach, the most regular location for UFO sightings among local residents.

“There are various locations in Peru where there are regular sightings. What’s bad is that those reports have never been proven so I can’t, on behalf of the air force, verify those,” Vucetich said.

He added that he, too, had seen what he could only describe as “anomalous aerial phenomena”. “On a personal basis, it’s evident to me that we are not alone in this world or universe.”

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Travelling in Era’s – Back then and Now

Have you ever thought if we lost some amazing technological advancements to time?

Airplane (Vimana) back in that era

There is a strong belief that, we have had more amazing technology back then (may be few era’s back), we have lost all in time and trying to re-discover it. For instance, airplane, space crafts, ability to travel between various planets in galaxy or travelling to desired location within a split second, nuclear technology for better or worse, transforming physical body into anything one wishes, cloning 100 kids from one fetus of an human and those face time  chats back in that era. I am quoting all these from “so called” Mythological history of ancient India – Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Bridge between India and Srilanka

For instance, researchers are still trying to find the bridge that was constructed between Srilanka and India during ‘Ramayana’ Era to get Sita who is Lord Rama’s wife been abducted by Devil Ravana and kept in an island “Lanka”. It could be true they might have had it but due to Pangaea it might have shrunken with this small island started drifting apart and India is moving up towards north increasing the height of highest mountain Mount Everest in Himalayas.

Since there is very little evidence of such great epic, it is hard to convince people. This creativity is more or less can be compared to Star Wars movies. They call it all an exaggeration but truly, when Wright Brothers initially expressed their intentions to construct a flight to fly in the air, they were only laughed at that concept. Now, after more than 100 years of their initial experimentation, we have come so far as to.. not only we could travel practically anywhere on the earth but also to nearest Planets.  Such is the Innovation. As we speak about it, they recently posted another idea of high speed transportation from NY to LA, 3000 miles apart would take just 45 minutes only (current flight time is 6 hrs).. This still is in Conceptual stage but I believe it could be a reality one day.

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I wonder how much of today’s technology existed before and we just lost it.

Truths have been revealed to a selected few. Nostradamus, da Vinci and more recently contemporary inventors, Bell, Edison, Wright bros; and there is even this Elon Musk.

This just begs the question, where did his ideas come from, from what privileged perspective is he looking from?

 

 

The Most Unsecret Secret

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Area 51 ‘declassified’ in U-2 spy plane history

Area 51, so-named for its designation on a 1950s-era map, surrounds a dry lake bed, Groom Lake

The CIA has officially acknowledged the secret US test site known as Area 51, in a newly unclassified internal history of the U-2 spy plane programme.

The document obtained by a US university describes the 1955 acquisition of the Nevada site for testing of the secret spy plane.

It also explains the site’s lingering association with UFOs and aliens.

The remote patch of desert surrounding Groom Lake was chosen because it was adjacent to a nuclear testing facility.

“The U-2 was absolutely top secret,” Chris Pocock, a British defence journalist and author of histories of the programme, told the BBC.

“They had to hide everything about it.”

The U-2 plane, developed to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, is still flown by the US Air Force.

Reports of UFOs

The document, a secret 1992 internal CIA history of the U-2 programme, was originally declassified in 1998 with heavy redactions.

Many of the blacked-out details were revealed this month after a public records request by the National Security Archive at the George Washington University in Washington DC.

The site was selected for the U-2 programme in 1955 after an aerial survey by CIA and Air Force staff.

According to the history, President Dwight Eisenhower personally signed off on the acquisition.

Officials from the CIA, Air Force and Lockheed, the contractor building the U-2, began moving into the facility in July 1955.

While a lengthy account of the development of the U-2 spy plane programme, the history also attempts to shed light on the public’s fascination with the Area 51 site and its lingering associations with extra-terrestrials and UFOs.

It notes that testing of the U-2 plane in the 1950s – at altitudes much higher than commercial aeroplanes then flew – provoked “a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs)”.

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Nothing Can Beat Her

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SR-71 Blackbird

Once upon a time, the age of surveillance could produce things of great beauty. Beautiful and iconic things for instance, like the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance plane. True facts…routinely, the Blackbird would fly faster than a speeding bullet shot from a high powered rifle and could out-run and out climb any missile sent up to knock it down. Not only would it cruise most efficiently at over three times the speed of sound, it could fly sky-high to the edge of space, while leaving behind an almost invisible cross-section radar signature.

Its engines were more powerful than those that drove the Queen Mary passenger liner. Because it went so fast and so high, 85% of its airframe had to be constructed of titanium – sourced by the CIA via a string of fake companies – from the same Soviet Union that the Blackbird was expected to monitor during the Cold War. Even though its earliest variants were designed over 50 years ago, nothing since has been able to match the plane’s range of abilities. Since 1976, it has held the world speed record for air-breathing aircraft.

And, newsflash : the US has finally concluded that it may need to replace the Blackbird, which was prematurely (and controversially) retired in fits and starts, around 20 years ago. As Foreign Policy magazine reports:

In the two decades since the Cold War ended and the SR-71 was retired, the United States has largely relied on satellites to provide overhead spy imagery of the world’s most heavily defended airspace. Now, however, new threats to satellites — think of China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyberweapons — mean that the United States may need to back them up with an air-breathing spy jet. What’s old is new again….Twenty years after the United States retired its fleet of super-sexy spy planes in favor of satellites, it has decided that there is once again a need for such aircraft….

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Bombers don’t “do” much

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At airshows and the like bombers don’t ‘do’ much except offer their grace and beauty as they fly past. Not at all like spritely fighters and faster jets.

Here’s the Avro Lancaster, wonderful sound.

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Avro Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypasts at Duxford and Old Warden.

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