If you thought flying first class today was extravagant, these interesting pictures show what luxury in the skies really was like during the Golden Age of Flying. To put things in perspective, an economy class ticket on TWA in 1955 from Chicago to Phoenix cost $138 round-trip, and adjusted for inflation, that equates to $1,168 today. Since in-flight television, internet, etc. did not exist at the time, many planes were equipped with dining tables - others were handed postcards to write on. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Boeing recently provided Fox Trot Alpha with never before seen images of their stealth jet, called "Quiet Bird", from the 1960s. It's also known as Model 853, and the company claims that official records of the program were probably destroyed in 1970s. These images from 1962-1963 are from Boeing's Wichita facility on a radar range, and while no actual flights took place during testing, they were able to drastically decrease the radar signature of a tactical aircraft. Continue reading for more images and information.
A monowheel is basically a one-wheeled single-track vehicle similar to a unicycle. However, instead of sitting above the wheel, the rider sits either within it or next to it. The wheel is a ring, usually driven by smaller wheels pressing against its inner rim. Hand-cranked and pedal-powered monowheels were patented and built in the late 19th century; most built in the 20th century have been motorized. Today, monowheels are generally built and used for fun and entertainment purposes, though from the 1860s through to the 1930s, they were proposed for use as serious transportation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the current stone skipping world record of 88 skips.
First sold in 1983, the Sony PS-F5 is a stylish marvel of engineering, due to its small, portable turntable that runs off regular batteries or an external power supply. You can play either 7" or 12" records at 45 / 33.3 RPM either in a standing or laying position, thanks to a linear tracking, direct drive, along with a record clamping system. You'll also find dual headphone jacks, as well as a swiveling foot arrangement, which stows in the base of the player. When you rotate the rubber-covered chrome plated steel feet, they extend out of the front and rear, giving extra stability when standing upright. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.
Photo credit: Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand
A box of previously unseen photo negatives taken by the Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition photographer was discovered in a shack, perfectly preserved in a block of ice by conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. These cellulose nitrate negatives were left there when Shackleton's party became stranded on Ross Island because of blizzard damage to their ship. "It's the first example that I'm aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There's a paucity of images from that expedition," said AHT Executive Director Nigel Watson. Continue reading for more.
The ZIL-2906 was basically designed to recover re-entered space capsules from the Soyuz mission, from difficult terrain. It was carried on the back of a ZIL-4906, which had a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph), until it reached terrain impassable for the 4906. At this point it would be unloaded and resume the search. Powered by two 77-horsepower VAZ engines, each driving one of the screws, the direction of rotation was controlled with two levers on the left / right sides of the central driver's seat - steering was done by pressing one of the two foot brakes. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Not just any time traveler, this one has been dubbed the "Time Traveling Hipster" by internet users. The image in question shows a mysterious man photographed in 1940 wearing what seems to be modern-day clothing and carrying a camera. While the identities of photographer and subjects depicted in the image are unknown, the location and year was noted on the back of the photograph: "Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940. 1941 (?)". The image belongs to the virtual collection of the Bralorne Pioneer Museum in British Columbia, Canada. Continue reading for more fascinating historical photographs.
Steven Sasson as an engineer at Eastman Kodak invented and built the first electronic camera using a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975. Earlier ones used a camera tube; later ones digitized the signal. Early uses were mainly military and scientific; followed by medical and news applications. However, the history of the digital camera dates back to 1961 with Eugene F. Lally of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who when he wasn't coming up with ways to create artificial gravity was thinking about how to use a mosaic photosensor to capture digital images. His idea was to take pictures of the planets and stars while travelling through space to give information about the astronauts' position. Unfortunately, as with Texas Instrument employee Willis Adcock's filmless camera (US patent 4,057,830) in 1972, the technology had yet to catch up with the concept. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a working V6 engine made entirely from paper.
Believe it or not, this is what submarines used to look like, and while not pretty, they served their purpose well. This particular specimen was used during 1721 in Russia, the time of Peter the Great. Called "a hidden vessel," the submarine was tested near St. Petersburg in the presence of the emperor himself. Today, Sestroretsk is now a big resort. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a tiny Taekwondo msater breaking a board.
Heracleion, also known as Thonis, was basically an ancient Egyptian city near Alexandria whose ruins are located in Abu Qir Bay, currently 2.5 km off the coast, under 10 m (30 ft) of water. Its legendary beginnings go back to as early as the 12th century BC, and it is mentioned by ancient Greek historians. During the waning days of the Pharaohs - the late period, it was Egypt's main port for international trade and collection of taxes. Continue reading for more cool photos.