Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses

Randolph Aviator Sunglasses

Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses were originally developed to military spec standards (Mil-S-25948) for use by fighter pilots and astronauts. They been standard issue to all military pilots since 1982, and they have the bayonet temples that are required to put the sunglasses on (and take them off) when you’re wearing a helmet. Technicians at Randolph…

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Ikara Anti-Submarine Tail Fin

Ikara Anti-Submarine Tail Fin

The Ikara was an Australian anti-submarine missile developed in 1959, over the course of its life it would be used by the Australian, British, Brazilian, New Zealand and Chilean navies. Ikara is an Australian Aboriginal word for “throwing stick”, it was powered by a Bristol Aerojet Murawa two-stage solid-fuel rocket engine and could be controlled…

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de Havilland Vampire Jet

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In 1942 during some of the heaviest fighting of the Second World War a team of engineers at de Havilland were hard at work developing a jet-powered aircraft that they hoped would help turn the tide of the war and bring an end to the bloodshed. The jet engine had only been invented 5 years…

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Camp Century: The City Under Ice

Camp Century

Project Iceworm was a secret Cold War operation to create subterranean nuclear missile launch sites under the Greenland ice sheet – within close striking distance of the USSR. It was all done under the cover of Camp Century, a pretend US Government operation used as a cover story for the Danish government – who were…

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USS Macon Cutaway Wallpaper

USS Macon Airship

The USS Macon and its sister ship, the USS Akron, were the largest helium-filled airships ever made. They were launched in 1933 and 1931 respectively, and each only had a service life of roughly two years – both were lost in separate severe storms. Macon had a hull made from structured duraluminum with three internal…

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U-boat Blueprints

German UBoat Submarine Blueprint #1

In the post-WWII years Winston Churchill once famously said “The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril”, this was largely because of how reliant Britain was on supplies, manpower and equipment from Canada, the USA, Australia and further afield. If Hitler had successfully managed to close off the resupply…

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Matchless-Vickers Military Motorcycle

Military Motorcycle

The idea of taking a motorcycle and attaching a machine gun to it seems to have occurred to someone very shortly after the motorcycle was first invented. The benefits of a mobile machine gun are fairly obvious, especially when you throw in the additional capabilities of a motorcycle. The First World War was the first…

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How To Fly The P-51B Mustang

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Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane is a WWII film designed as a preliminary How To guide for pilots, mechanics and other ground crew. The film has a slightly more upbeat tone than you might expect, with the narrator cracking jokes throughout (at the expense of the Germans of course) and generally keeping it light and…

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