WILDFIRE in Russia – 52 died, 3,500+ homeless – Missile attack warning center threatened by flames

Wildfire threatens Russian missile attack warning center

17:31 07/08/2010 Wildfire is threatening to engulf the military command of the Russian missile attack warning center in the Moscow region, a spokesman for Russian Space Forces said on Saturday.>>

Views hereafter – click on the satellite picture – NASA courtesy:

Fires nearing Moscow Aug 2010

According to some sources, more than 50 people would have died so far, almost 4,000 would be left, and the blazes keep on spreading. Foreign governments talk their citizens into avoiding travels to Russia. Airports could still operate with numerous delays due to the smog that has reduced visibility between 600 and 300 meters. However, latest news stated that it would not be possible to land on Moscow anymore. Fire hazard remains in remote areas as this smog can be breathed in, and would increase in hazard for health. Moreover, toxic elements would be in the air.

Italy and Ukraine should send aircraft in an attempt to smother fires..

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US Navy Blue Angels Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO) ride

Airspeed – VIDEO – JATO Ride in Fat Albert from Steve Tupper on Vimeo.

Here is a video from the US Navy Blue Angels’ C-130 during a JATO ride, Fat Albert, from Indianapolis Airshow, 6 June 2009. Thanks to a film shot by Steve Tupper – www.airspeedonline.com.

 

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Saturday night fever – 1970s Cerrone « Je suis music » with lyrics

All around the thirsty streets
Children cry, there’s no food to eat
Hungry eyes, they’re as cold as ice
And they look for a reason

All alone, the city slaves
choking on the smog they make
Changing the light of day,
as they pray for a way out

We all feel the pain, is it necessary? (CHORUS)
When we feel the pain, better stick together
Music is the way to relieve the pressure
Music on the way, do you get the message?

Ame de moi, je suis music
Chante moi, je suis music

Je suis music
Chante moi
Je suis music

Angry men, and women scream
Struggling with, the lives they lead
Nothing much that can make them strong but the words of a song

People need a chance to play given time they can recreate
That’s the way that tears and hate to the sound of the music

CHORUS

Ame de moi, je suis music
Chante moi, je suis music

CHORUS, etc

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Sikorsky X2 helicopter milestone – 417 km/h!

The Sikorsky X2 Technology demonstrator reportedly broke the speed record for rotorcraft on Monday at a maximum speed of 225 knots (417 km/h).

The previous record had been set by Trevor Egginton on a Westland G-Lynx at a speed of 216 kts (400 km/h) on August 11, 1986. The fly-by-wire X2 helicopter was flown by Kevin Bredenbeck. Unfortunately, the test flight performance was not officially.

With a counter-rotating coaxial rotor, and its brand new tail configuration, the X2 is more maneuverable as the helicopter gains in speed. Moreover, the X2 would be excellent at low-speed handling as well as hovering.

The X2 Technology demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. It is designed to demonstrate that a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots while retaining such desirable attributes as excellent

Thanks to its integrated auxiliary propulsion system – coaxial pusher prop concept, and to other assets among which its reduced hub drag, the Sikorsky X2 prototype should exceed the 250-knot benchmark (463 km/h)!

SIKORSKY X2 VIDEO BELOW :

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Car-like aircraft awarded

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