2 Sneaking to the Unknown Ekranoplan

Sneaking to the Unknown Ekranoplan

We've mentioned a few Ekranoplans on ER before. And frankly, I thought most of those vehicles that were built to fly very low above the surface of the Earth were discontinued and abandoned. However, it seems that there
are a few, or at least one, that can be met deep in the warehouses of large factories that have never surfaced and never had a flight. Here is one of them - the Ekranoplan "Spasatel" or "The Rescuer".

2 Eighty Thousand Books on the Floor

Eighty Thousand Books on the Floor

Yes, eighty thousand books were moved from one library building to another and are now waiting to be sorted while the shelves are being installed. A few Russian Far East universities combined their libraries
in a newly renovated building and now they have over two million items in the newly formed archive. Every book is going to be stamped with an RFID chip for self service and self check out.

10 Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

Production of Newly Adopted SU-34 Bombers

The collapse of Russia’s arms industry in the 1990s really hurt the SU-34′s development, but it has recovered. A development journey that began with the aircraft’s maiden flight in 1990, as the T10V/SU-27IB, ended in 2010 with deliveries and fielding under a 5-year production contract, followed by a 2012 full rate production order. RIA Novosti put the plane’s mission simply: “The Su-34 is meant to deliver a
sufficiently large ordnance load to a predetermined area, hit the target accurately and take evasive action against pursuing enemy planes.” Other reports have gone further, stating that the plane is also meant to be able to handle enemy fighters in aerial combat. Given its base platform characteristics, it would likely match up well in the air against many of America’s “teen series” aircraft.

0 First TU-144 Body Transported thru Moscow

First TU-144 Body Transported thru Moscow

When the first ever version of the Tu-144 supersonic airliner was conceived, they didn't build it all together in one factory. They built the fuselage in one place, inside Moscow city and then decided to move it to Zhukovski city where it could be supplemented with all other parts and systems. To
move such a thing out of the Moscow research center through the city streets they had to build specially-built trolleys that could negotiate the streets, as back in 1968, they didn't have a ready-made means of transportation for this task. These are a few photos of this event.

4 Flying Around an Ice Breaker

Flying Around an Ice Breaker

Russian blogger Sergey went on an ice breaker journey through the Arctic. He says that there is a helicopter on board the vessel. It is a
Russian KA-32C copter and he took a trip on it around the ice breaking ship while deep into the ice of the Arctic. Photos are inside.
3 T-50 Jet Caught Fire

T-50 Jet Caught Fire

T-50 is a new jet being built in the Sukhoi factory. It made its first flight in 2010 and in 2013 they put it into production. This is one of the production jets, and it reportedly caught on fire today, June 10th, during a flight. An official reported that, quote: "while during the flight, first smoke appeared, and then fire broke
out above the right wing. This accident caused no casualties and the plane can be repaired. The aforementioned events should not affect the program and its completion". So here is one more photo of the fire aftermath and the new plane, which is still pretty rare. Photos are clickable for larger versions.

15 Saving a Tiny Motorboat with an Giant Atomic Submarine

Saving a Tiny Motorboat with an Giant Atomic Submarine

This post is from Oleg, a blogger based in Severodvinsk - a city port on the White Sea where Russian atomic submarines are being built and repaired. He says that more and more often the huge atomic
underwater cruisers are being used to rescue civilian boats that get into trouble in storms. This time he shares the story of the small motor boat being rescued by a big submarine and a helicopter.

13 NATO Armies Still Use Soviet War Machines

NATO Armies Still Use Soviet War Machines

One guy visited the Berlin Air Show 2014 in Germany last Saturday and noticed that some of the NATO countries are still equipped with Soviet planes and helicopters. He took a
few photos to illustrate his story - this copter in the photo above is a Russian Mi-24 helicopter used in the Czech Air Force. There are more examples inside.  
2 A Visit from a Rocket

A Visit from a Rocket

This would be a one-photo posting, however I find it important to include here. During the last few days there has been a flood going on in the Altai region of Russia. Hundreds or even thousands of houses are flooded and the people are suffering there, however this post is not about the flooding itself but rather an event happened in one village in the affected region. As news outlets mention, during the recent flooding event the villagers were pretty shocked to find in the morning that their local river has brought a part of space rocket to their small place, located in the middle of the wilderness. This
piece of a rocket you can see on the photo above. It's not clear where the river got it from, however it is probably a piece of a space mission that fell back to the ground during the launch and was not recovered and recycled in a timely manner. So it was probably somewhere in the forest until the flooding happened and the higher water levels made the hardware float and move down the slopes of the Altai mountains towards this village where it was met with great amazement: it's not everyday your village is visited by a space rocket, coming in by itself.  

2 Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source

Bottling Russian Borjomi Water at Source

"Borjomi" is a Georgian mineral water. It had a sort of cult status in the Soviet Union and then when Georgia seceded from the former Soviet state it became an article of import into Russia, which was even banned in some periods of modern Russian history. However, a hundred years ago this was a
Russian source and a Russian water which was already in demand competing with famous French and other European mineral waters. These colored Prokudin-Gorsky photographs show how the business was going at times on the source. They are clickable and enlargable to a wider size.