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.

15 One of Russian TU-144 Supersonic Passenger Jets

One of Russian TU-144 Supersonic Passenger Jets

This is one of only sixteen ever built (as Wikipedia says). Fifteen of those had production numbers from 77101 to 77115. This particular plane is 77110. It has 247 flight hours, of which 116 hours were of supersonic flight. Since June 1st, 1984, this plane hasn't risen up into
the sky, so today so to say is its thirty year anniversary of total non-flying. Let's see a few photos of it from 1984 until the present time, you can see the year of the photo imprinted on the bottom of the photos, which were prepared by Valeri Timoffev.

4 An Abandoned Soviet Stand for Testing Rocket Engines

An Abandoned Soviet Stand for Testing Rocket Engines

This stand is for testing rocket engines and is situated in the Saratovskaya region. A rocket engine was installed on it and was worked in different modes. During the test, the whole team of engineers was in the observation post, which had thick walls of
reinforced concrete. The entire process was controlled remotely. A special cooling system was a supporting structure of the stand. The water was circulated through the pipes to the tank with water which was  located downstairs.

3 Loading Ammo into Helicopters

Loading Ammo into Helicopters

If helicopter guns can shoot all their ammo stock in just a few seconds, loading the ammo into them might take much more time. Here Dmitry Chuchkin has visited the airfield "Baltimor" to see
how the Mi-28 and Ka-52 Russian copters are prepared before going to the drill. The story is inside. Don't forget to click on the photos you like - they expand to widescreen ones.

1 A Passenger Hovercraft from the Soviet Times

A Passenger Hovercraft from the Soviet Times

Water resistance is the main problem to overcome to increase the maximum speed of a ship. That is why hydrofoils and hovercrafts have appeared. An unlimited navigation season and high speed are the main advantages of a
hovercraft that can move in summer and in winter alike. But also it has one big disadvantage. That is a fuel consumption due to the necessity of powerful engines for pumping air into the air cushion .

14 Planting Mines Directly from Helicopters

Planting Mines Directly from Helicopters

Another Russian blogger has posted a few photos, with captions, on how mines are being planted with the help of... helicopters. So let's see what
he has got here. According to his story, this system is being used for planting land mines with the help of MI-8 Russian copters.