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 .
Mr. Mishainik has visited an abandoned Ural mountain mine and got this photo set and a story: During World War 2 most of Russian mining was moved to Ural. The mining volumes escalated tremendously – resources were in
high demand by the army. This is a visit to one such mine, built and mining ore for the needs of the army at that time. Even though production stopped decades ago, the cars are still loaded with ore.
The rocket cruiser "Ukraina" according to Wiki, is a Slava class Soviet cruiser laid down in 1983 but left unfinished when works stopped in the early 1990s due to financial constraints, and with Ukraine ownership. In 1997, Ukraine stated that it didn't need it and offered it for sale, as there was about 30 millions dollars
needed to complete the vessel. Russia first wanted to buy it reportedly, but in 2011 Russian navy sources stated that Russia is only interested in obtaining the cruiser if they can have it free of charge. So here it has stayed in the dock for years, equipped with the Navy version of S-300 rockets.
KA-18 is a Russian helicopter made by Kamov. Only about two hundred of these were built, with the first taking flight in 1955, according to Wiki. As Russian blogger Doroshenko reports, this particular KA-18 was built in
1960 for the All-Russian Exhibition Centre exposition of same year. Later it was used in the flight division stationed near Moscow city. In 1971 it was decommissioned but that didn't end its story...
Today it was Border Guard Day in Russia - the day when ninety-six years ago a Soviet Border Guard was established by the order of Sovnarkom (who reported to Lenin himself at time). Since then, the 28th of May is the day. Wiki says that
"foreign countries" that were previously a part of USSR honor this day for their border guards as well and celebrate it too. So Russian blogger Ilya went out to check on what the Moscow people were up to on Border Guard Day.