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  • Tornado ZA466: Final Flight of a Gulf War Warrior

    Tornado ZA466: Final Flight of a Gulf War Warrior

    Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA466 suffered a landing accident at Tabuk airfield in Saudi Arabia during Operation Granby in the 1991 Gulf War. Both crew ejected when the nose-wheel slammed into the ground due to a raised net barrier system, causing smoke and flames to infiltrate the cockpit. Here we chart the aircraft’s final journey from the Persian Gulf to scrapping at RAF St Athan.

     
  • Full Scale X-Wing – the Ultimate Garden Accessory

    Full Scale X-Wing – the Ultimate Garden Accessory

    The original full scale X-Wing fighter movie props from Star Wars trilogy A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi were (from what we understand) destroyed decades ago, but some pretty cool promotional replicas remain to be found, not to mention this model in a suburban garden.

     
  • 9 Ancient & Mythical Civilisations That Were Destroyed Overnight

    9 Ancient & Mythical Civilisations That Were Destroyed Overnight

    Imagine everything you’d ever known – your friends, family, old high school and hometown – vanished one night. How would you feel? What would you do? It’s an idea we’ve all toyed with: the thought of being the ‘sole survivor’ of some unnamed cataclysm that wipes out the rest of civilisation. It’s the stuff of fiction, of ancient Biblical myth… and, just occasionally, it’s really happened.

     
  • Henry River Mill Village: The Ghost Town that Became District 12 in The Hunger Games

    Henry River Mill Village: The Ghost Town that Became District 12 in The Hunger Games

    Located in Burke County, North Carolina, Henry River Mill Village once stood as a peaceful reminder of the early 20th century American industrial era. But the 72 acre ghost village was recently launched straight into the 21st century limelight when it became a major filming location for the 2012 box-office hit movie, The Hunger Games.

     
  • When Flying was Fun: Elegant Lower Level Lounges on Lockheed TriStars

    When Flying was Fun: Elegant Lower Level Lounges on Lockheed TriStars

    In the world of commercial aviation, the 21st century may have brought improved aircraft safety and reliability, but there’s no denying that flying isn’t as fun or as elegant as it once was. For instance, back in the 1970s, a small number of Lockheed L-1011 TriStars were flying with lower level cocktail lounges located beneath their main passenger cabins.

     
  • Madrid: Former Atocha Railway Station Converted into Tropical Garden

    Madrid: Former Atocha Railway Station Converted into Tropical Garden

    When Madrid’s Atocha station complex expanded to meet the needs of the modern transport network during the 1980s, the original structure was gradually phased out as a rail terminal. Opened in 1892 to replace an earlier station that had been destroyed by fire, the old Atocha station was taken out of service a century later and transformed into an indoor tropical garden.

     
  • The Leaning Kiipsaare Lighthouse Watches Silently Over the Baltic

    The Leaning Kiipsaare Lighthouse Watches Silently Over the Baltic

    The unusually slender Kiipsaare Lighthouse on the Harilaid peninsula of Saaremaa island, Estonia, stood 25 metres inland when it was built in 1933. But over the decades, coastal erosion and rising sea levels not only rendered it offshore at high tide, but also reversed a seaward lean acquired by the disused structure following its abandonment.

     
 
 
 
 
 

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