The destiny of An-10 planes was not a happy one, neither was their history as monuments. In 1973 many of the aircraft were discarded due to their poor condition. Most of them became monuments and together with Il-18 and Tu-104, were widely used for the improvement of different Russian cities in the 70s and 80s. The situation changed in the 90s. It was announced that the An-10 monuments had an
unkempt appearance and all of them were destroyed. The real reason was highly increased prices for non-ferrous metals. Others simply suffered from vandals back in the 80s. As a result only one An-10 aircraft was preserved and it is located in the museum of Monino, in the Moscow region. Strangely enough the other museums didn't try to acquire the disappearing planes.
Paranino - a small village not far from Chelyabinsk (which got famous for its recent picturesque meteorite sky show). It's a regular village with farmers, cows or goats crossing the streets, nice nature etc. But what makes it so special? Since early 1900s it is a home of a factory that makes... trams. And when they make trams they need a handy spot for trams to get thru tests etc. For this they need a full scale tram railroad which can give the newly built trams all possible
challenges - uphill climbs, hard curves and so on. For this they have built such a track right thru the small village. Now, on a daily basis the small typical Russian settlement gets the ultra new (and old as well) trams cruising around daily. And the good guys tram builders didn't forget the needs of locals so they offer them free rides as well so the tram trail is a fully functional metro rail but deep deep in the woods. Here are some more photos:
Ok while the Olympics are going on, some Russian bloggers decided that time has come to improve the existing olympic sports and created some mash ups. Like for example a Bobathlon - a glorious mix between
bobsled and biathlon - bobsled riders equipped with rifles have to shoot targets while speeding down the track. I wonder if they have the skis inside the car as well or not. Then next one is