The Transavia PL-12 Airtruk is an extremely odd-looking agricultural aircraft which was designed and built in Australia. The single-engine aircraft has a very short but deep fuselage and an unsual biplane wing layout.
The PL-12 Airtruk was of metal construction with some panels, namely the engine cowling, rear fuselage and top decking made from fiberglass. It was powered by a 300 horsepower Rolls Royce Continental IO-520-D engine, although later versions, renamed Skyfarmer, featured more powerful engines.
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The Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow is a specially modified Juke Nismo RS which has been adapted for powering through snow. The most obvious and significant modification to the vehicle are the four rubber tracks which replace the wheels. Aside from these, Nissan say the vehicle is ‘nearly’ stock.
The Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow’s tracks come from American Track Truck, and all that was needed to fit the system was some minor changes to the bumpers, while a recalibration of the torque-vectoring AWD system ensures it all runs smoothly.
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The Chrysler TV-8 was an extremely strange-looking medium tank concept which was developed in the 1950s. But if it’s appearance was odd, it was nothing compared to the proposed power source, a nuclear fission-powered vapor-cycle power plant located towards the rear of the main compartment!
Design work on the Chrysler TV-8 began in the early ’50s. The Chrysler Corporation wanted to build a tank which was different from all previous tanks, and one which also, in their eyes, was better.
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The mysteriously named Object 279 was a prototype heavy tank developed by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s. The tank was originally conceived as a heavy breakthrough tank designed to spearhead a mechanized charge. It had improved off-road and all-terrain capabilities in comparison to a regular tank, mainly due to its unique 4-track drive system.
Object 279 was also surprisingly quick despite its 60-ton weight. This was due to the fact it was powered by a powerful 1,000 horsepower 2DG-8m diesel engine, allowing it to hit a top speed of 35 mph (55 km/h). On a full tank of fuel it could cover up to 180 miles (300 km).
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Screw-propelled vehicles are not new. They are rare and unusual. But they’re not new. The Russians are particularly fond of them, partly due to the inhospitable terrain which covers much of the country’s frozen expanse. Screw-propelled vehicles have even been used by the Soviet space ministry for picking up returning cosmonauts who had landed in areas difficult to access by road.
However, despite their ability to keep moving over ground where a tracked-vehicle might find it difficult, and a wheeled-vehicle wouldn’t stand a chance, screw-propelled vehicles do have some major drawbacks. Firstly they’re quite slow. But secondly, and more seriously, they pretty much tear up the land as they pass over it. And they’re next to useless on a hard surface like a road.
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The Project Habbakuk aircraft carrier was one of the most unusual, and bizarre military projects ever conceived.
During the height of the second world war, Great Britain was slowly being choked of supplies by the relentless attacks of German U-Boats on Atlantic convoys bringing much-needed supplies to the island. Aircraft could provide some cover for the ships at either end of the journey, but due to their limited range, in the middle of the atlantic ocean, all they had for protection were a limited number of naval escort vessels.
Geoffrey Pyke was a mentally unstable Cambridge undergraduate who also happened to be a genius. He had strange mannerisms, and even stranger ideas on how the war could be won. From his hospital bed in a psychiatric ward he came up with the idea of a gigantic aircraft carrier made from ice which could provide air cover for the vulnerable convoys in the middle of the north Atlantic.
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The Russian tractor manufacturer ZIL has unveiled a prototype version of a lightly armored personnel carrier which is said to have been commissioned by the Russian army, and could enter service in the next couple of years.
The strangely proportioned, and as-yet unnamed ZIL army vehicle is based on a Humvee chassis. But the cabin is like something out of a straight-to-DVD, low-budget sci-fi flick. The v-shaped bottom of the vehicle is similar in design to many modern military vehicles, and is designed to deflect the blast of a concealed mine. Although judging by the thickness of the doors, there isn’t a whole lot of armor plating. Those big windows and skinny pillars also don’t look up to the job of protecting the occupants from incoming fire – or saving them in the event of a roll-over either.
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Have you ever wondered what the size difference between the Mir space station and the International Space Station was? Or perhaps how the current Soyuz-FG rocket stacks up against the mighty Saturn V? Well thanks to reddit user Heaney555, and a rather simple but effective size chart you need wonder no more.
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The Arsenal-Delanne 10-C2 was an unusual prototype aircraft developed by the French aeronautical designer Maurice Delanne. Delanne had some innovative ideas regarding aircraft design back in the 1920s and 1930s. He wanted to develop lighter, better performing aircraft, and also aircraft which were more stable, easier to fly and more affordable.
His work revolved around tandem wing aircraft. Tandem wing aircraft use a pair of wings, like a biplane, but instead of one wing above the other, the wings are positioned away from each other, one towards the front of the aircraft and one towards the rear.
In 1932 he began testing his tandem wing Arsenal-Delanne 10-C2 design in the wind tunnel. He found it had good flight characteristics, including a low stall speed and a well-balanced aircraft with a wide center of gravity range.
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Black friday brings out the very worst in people. It turns normally sensible people in to greedy, violent, abusive consumers who will trample over their fellow human just to get 50 percent off on a new toaster. It’s disgraceful. But at the end of the day, if you’re intent on picking up some bargains, then there are two options. Get in and get out quickly. Or smash your way through the hordes and come out victorious.
Here are ten vehicles to help you win at Black Friday.
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