Here Come the Hypersonic Attack Planes!
Hypersonic test vehicle-2. DARPA illustration Here Come the Hypersonic Attack Planes! From Nazi origins to the Cold War—and beyond Like a bolt out of the blue, Lockheed Martin’s renown Skunk Works publicly teased one of aviation’s great snark hunts—revealing plans for a successor to the SR-71, the legendary Mach... Read more
The Tiltrotor Firefighter
The V-22 Osprey. Department of Defense photo The Tiltrotor Firefighter Could the V-22 Osprey be used to battle blazes? by STEVE WEINTZ On June 21, 2008, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel off the central California coast reported multiple dry lightning strikes in the Santa Lucia mountains. Within hours the... Read more
Fighting Trains!

Fighting Trains!

Uncategorized October 15, 2013 0

Czech armored train in Siberia, 1918/Dark Roasted blend Fighting Trains! The height of steampunk silliness, armored trains couldn’t help but enlist in the 20th century’s largest conflicts by STEVE WEINTZ The advent of locomotives and the spread of railways symbolized the Industrial Revolution, delivering the outputs of factories and... Read more
aqueon product brochure/innerspace corporation Foils are better than fins, but they’ve been slow to enter the military diving world by STEVE WEINTZ Imagine you’ve developed a device that lets swimmers and divers swim dramatically farther and faster — and with less fatigue than traditional fins. Imagine your device, which is easy to learn... Read more
We’ve Invented Futuristic Flippers—Why Aren’t the SEALs Using Them?
aqueon product brochure/innerspace corporation We’ve Invented Futuristic Flippers — Why Aren’t the SEALs Using Them? Foils are better than fins, but they’ve been slow to enter the military diving world by STEVE WEINTZ Imagine you’ve developed a device that lets swimmers and divers swim dramatically farther and faster —... Read more
Thulium Power! The Rare Earth That’s Perfect for Deep Sea Missions
Thulium metal and deep-sea coral. Wikimedia Commons photo Thulium Power! The Rare Earth That’s Perfect for Deep Sea Missions How thulium-based nuclear power could run the next generation of underwater robots Thulium? It sounds like something straight out of Comic-Con: “Then lo, Thor brought forth his nightstick of purest... Read more
I Built My Own Copy of Iran’s Faux Stealth Fighter
On Feb. 2, 2013, under the smiling gazes of then-Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, the Qaher 313 Conqueror — Iran’s newest, most advanced fighter plane — was revealed to members of the world media. Parked in a hanger remarkably similar to the one seen in videos... Read more
America’s Armored Shotgun
Designed and built in a farm tractor factory and armed with six 106-millimeter recoilless rifles, the M-50A1 Ontos was rejected by the Army and only purchased in small numbers by the Marine Corps. Years later in Vietnam, the USMC trained infantry riflemen to drive these vehicles, nicknamed “Things,” down... Read more
The Navy’s Secret Undersea Lair
Point Sur is 600 feet of tough rock facing Pacific rollers that come 6,000 miles to pound the central California coast. Like the 19th-century lighthouse that marks the Point, the now-derelict compound of the former Naval Facility Point Sur evokes another era. And it evokes a mystery — one... Read more
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