On the Radar: The Massive Soviet Lun-Class “Ekranoplan”

This "Ekranoplan" looks like part-plane, part-ship. In reality, it's what one would call a "ground effect vehicle," which uses the ground effect concept to "fly" seriously low over ground or, more commonly, water. Though Russia retired this particular vehicle, the country has plans to develop similar military crafts very soon, armed with cruise missiles. Watch …

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What Did the 1919 Paris Peace Conference Have to Do with the Vietnam War?

All roads lead to Paris, or so it seemed to what remained of the young male generation following the Great War. And certainly for colonists desiring nations of their own, the only place worth a shot was Paris in 1919, especially when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson introduced the idea of "self-determination" in his famous "Fourteen …

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On the Radar: The “Acoustic Mirrors” of Denge–a Pre-Radar Warning System

Located along British coastlines, parabolic concrete structures such as these once served as interwar, pre-radar warning systems. They focused and concentrated sounds from the Channel, with the goal of detecting the approach of enemy planes. Image: Wikipedia. Read more here: Acoustic Mirror - Wikipedia, and the succeeding radar system: Chain Home - Wikipedia

Why (Almost) Every State Has a Train Car From the French

In February of 1949, four years following the end of World War II, an exciting shipment arrived in New York City's harbor. A ship bearing the words, "MERCI AMERICA," came to port where thousands of on-lookers gathered to see the freighter's cargo. The Magellan carried 49 boxcars filled to the brim with gifts of gratitude …

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