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10 of the Coolest Military Planes From the Cold War


The Cold War was an era marked by exorbitant military spending, nuclear paranoia and rapid technological development. However, if you love your airplanes just as I do, it was an era marked by some really cool military aircraft. Here are 10 of the coolest Cold War militaryairplanes: 
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

Origin: USA
The Starfighter is on this list more for its beauty than anything else. This supersonic interceptor aircraft was dogged by various problems during its early days, and it was notoriously difficult to fly. It was in service with the US Air Force between 1958 and 1969, however the last country to retire it was Italy. Some 2,578 of the planes were built.
 
Tupolev TU-22M
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: Soviet Union
The TU-22M was feared in Western defense circles, because it can fly at supersonic speeds and for very long ranges. It found its niche hunting aircraft carriers in large packs. Production of the TU-22M lasted for 30 years, and the plane is still in service with the Russian Air Force today, currently being used in the ongoing Syrian conflict.
 
Convair (General Dynamics) F-106 Delta Dart
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: USA 
This jet served as the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft in the US Air Force for over 20 years. This speedy little plane was capable of flying at Mach 2.3 (1,525mph), and was one of the first to employ a delta wing design, which was inspired by Nazi designs from World War II. Many F-106s were converted into unmanned drones following their retirement from operational service in 1988.
 
MiG-31 Foxhound
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: Soviet Union
Nicknamed the Foxhound, this is another interceptor aircraft similar to the aforementioned F-106. This plane is still in service today, with the Russian Airforce still operating about 200 of them. The MiG-31 is used to project Russian power into the Arctic, as well as defend the country’s borders. Its defining characteristic lies in its ability to conduct hit-and-run sorties before escaping back into Russian airspace.
 
Convair B-58 Hustler
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: USA
The world record-holding B-58 Hustler was only in service for 10 years, but it was still a landmark plane. It was the first supersonic jet bomber (carrying nuclear weapons) that was capable of reaching Mach 2 ever to be operated.  The introduction of a new generation of Soviet surface-to-air missiles in the 1960s led to the plane’s demise due to limitations these placed on its capability.
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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: USA
Undoubtedly this list would be incomplete without mentioning the Blackbird. This spy plane is the fastest plane ever to fly, capable of Mach 3.4. It was used to fly quickly over enemy territory, spy on it, and get out again as quickly as possible. The plane was so fast that it could outrun missiles being fired at it. The last two airworthy Blackbirds were retired in 1999.
 
Tupolev TU-95
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: Soviet Union
This bomber was first developed in the 1950s, and 58 of them remain in services with the Russian Air Force to this day. While they would be vulnerable to any of the modern Western interceptor aircrafts, its primary use would be to fire cruise missiles at enemy targets from the safety of Russian airspace. The plane is also used as a nuclear deterrent.
 
North American F-100 Super Sabre
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: USA
The Super Sabre was introduced all the way back in 1954, remaining in service with the US Air Force until 1979, and with the Republic of China Air Force until 1988. During its operational life, the plane was used in a variety of roles, such as ground attack and as a fighter-bomber. It was the first US Air Force plane capable of attaining supersonic speed in level flight.
 
  Sukhoi SU-25These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: Soviet Union
Designed to support friendly ground forces in combat, the SU-25 has been in production for almost 40 years, and is operated by many air forces around the world. The subsonic aircraft saw action most recently during the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, as well as to combat the insurgency currently being waged by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) in the Middle East.
 
McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle
These Cold War-Era Airplanes Are True Stunners

Origin: USA
The F-15 is synonymous with the US Air Force, and was initially designed as an air superiority fighter in the 1970s. The most notable combat action that the plane had seen was during the Gulf War of the early 1990s. In addition to the US Air Force, the plane is operated by the Israeli, Japanese and Saudi Arabian air forces.
 
Written By: Jake Schembri

20 Beautiful Photos of Penguins

गली के कोने पर बहुत देर से खड़े एक 
आदमी को
पुलिस वाले ने पकड़ लिया और पूछा.....
.
पुलिसवाला -: तेरा नाम क्या है ?
आदमी -: शेर सिंह
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: बाप का नाम?
आदमी -: शमशेर सिंह����
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: कहाँ जा रहा है ?
आदमी -: शेरांवाली गली में

पुलिसकर्मी -: शेरांवाली गली में किधर ?
आदमी -: टाईगर मेनसन��
(पुलिसकर्मी सोचता है यह आदमी तो शेर से
नीचे बात
ही नहीं करता )
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: टाईगर मेनसन में किसके घर ?
आदमी -: सिंघानियां के घर
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: सिंघानियां जी से क्या काम
है ?
आदमी -: बाघमारे जी का संदेश देना है
.
पुलिसकर्मी - क्या संदेशा है ?
आदमी -: बाघमारे जी ने पार्टी छोड़ दी
( पुलिसकर्मी : एक साथ इतने शेर, हद है यार |
यह आदमी आया कहाँ से है ? शेर से नीचे बात ही
नहीं करता )
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: अच्छा तू यह बता कि तू काम
क्या करता है ?
आदमी -: शायर हूं शेर सुनाता हूँ
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: एक बात बता जो यह तुम्हारे
पास थैला है इसमें क्या है ?
आदमी -: सिंघाड़े का आटा
पुलिसकर्मी : यार बड़ा चंट आदमी है शेर से नीचे
बात ही नही करता
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: अब मैं तुझसे एक सवाल पूछता हूं अगर
उसमें भी शेर आया तो मैं तुझे मान जाऊँगा |
अच्छा यह बता तूं अब कहाँ से आ रहा है ?
आदमी -: लायंस क्लब की मीटिंग से
.
पुलिसकर्मी -: तो फिर जाता क्यों नही है मेरे
बाप?
यहाँ क्यों खड़ा है इतनी देर से.....??
.
.
आदमी -: वो सामने दो कुत्ते भौंक रहे हैं,,,,,,
डर लगता है कैसे निकलूं........����
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Optical Illusions That'll Fool You Every Time!

No, you're not tired and no, you don't need to change your glasses - you're just about to experience some fun optical illusions that have nothing to do with fooling your eyes and everything to do with fooling your brain!
You see, our brains don't want to have to process ALL the visual stimuli we see all the time, so they use shortcuts to make snap decisions about colors, shapes and other visual cues we see during our day. While this is very handy, it also leaves room to easily 'trick' the brain into seeing things that are just not there!
 
 
Stare at the black cross, and slowly the blank spaces will become green. 
 
optical illusion

 
 
When you focus your eyes above this line, the black and white dots will look like they are rotating clockwise.
 
optical illusion

 
 
Keep your eyes on the green dot and the yellow ones will soon disappear. 

 
 
 
Keep your eyes on the black dot and the grey strip will turn blue. 

 
Can you see the dark bands appearing as the concentric circles pass over each other?
 

 
 
 
The famous Penrose triangle is an impossible figure. Don't look too long, it may drive you insane.
 

 
Not making it any clearer...
optical illusion

 
 
Is this a painting of cats or of birds? 

 
 
Which way is this train going?
 
optical illusion

 
 
 
These yellow and blue blocks look like they’re stepping alternately over the stripes.

 
 
 
 
These blue lines look like they’re moving in pairs. 


Where does the extra square in this triangle go? 
optical illusions

 
Look at this black dot and see the outlines filled in with color. 
optical illusions

 
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Posted by: jyoti ranpura <jyotiranpura@yahoo.com>

20 Beautiful Photos of Penguins

Penguins are often regarded as some of the cutest and clumsiest animals in Arctic wildlife. With their wobbly walk and their lovable cuddles, it's hard not to agree. Today, in honor of these wonderful animals, and in light of their annual Awareness Day that takes place on January 20th, we're bringing you some of the most compelling photos of them in all their glory.
 

  penguins

Source: Andreas Butz  penguins

Source: Zi Yao  penguins

Source: Tony Beck  penguins

Source: Steve Shuey  penguins

Source: mqwilliam  penguins

Source: Mariusz Potocki  penguins

Source: Manfrotto  penguins

Source: Alexandre Voyer

 
penguins

Source: Stephane Leroy  penguins

Source: David Merron  penguins

Source: Anneliese Claus Possberg  penguins

Source: Josh Anon
 
penguins

Source: Luis Calvente  penguins

Source: Deanna Goodwin  penguins

Source: David C. Schultz  penguins

Source: Lynsey Smyth  penguins

Source: Paul Nicken / National Geographic   penguins

Source: boredpanda  penguins

Source: Silviu Ghetie  penguins

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Posted by: jyoti ranpura <jyotiranpura@yahoo.com>
 

This Man Turned a 700-Year-Old-Cave into His Dream Home

There are days when the pressures of modern life will have us wishing we could get away from it all and flee to the hills. Well, Angelo Mastropietro turned that dream into a reality by spending over $230,000 turning a 700-year-old-cave, carved into a 250 million-year-old cliff, into his dream home. Let's take a look at what he's managed to accomplish:
 

11 New Tourist Attractions to Visit in 2016

The world is nowhere close to being short of tourism, and luckily this year is no exception. In fact, exciting news awaits to all those planning their travels for 2016, as some fantastic new attractions are expected to be officially opened around the globe - you might want to add them to your list. Here are 11 locations we can't wait to tell you about!

 
1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood, US
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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All the fans of Harry Potter ought to mark the 7th of April on their calendars, because this will be the day The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be opened to the public in Hollywood, by Universal Hollywood Studios. Expect to be transported to the mysterious world of Harry Potter through the amusing attractions, including Hogwarts™ castle, a magical 3D ride into the life of Harry and his friends, and other exciting amusement rides for everyone.
For more information, click here.
 
2. British Airways 1360, Brighton, UK
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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It's not like Brighton isn't charming enough to attract tourists, but this year, it's about to get better. The same architects of the London Eye have created a new attraction: a vertical cable car that rises slowly up the height of 162 meters. From this height, anyone would be able to see the best views of Brighton, as well as the South Down and the Sussex coastline. Opening in summer 2016, this will be the first cable car of its type in the world, as well as the tallest moving observation tower. 
For more information, click here.
 
3. Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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One of the largest museums in the world, the Louvre, is about to be recreated in the Middle East, on an agreement between the UAE and France in 2007. This will consist of art galleries spread across 9,200 square meters, where one can view permanent art collections, temporary themed exhibitions, and loan pieces from institutions around the world, such as Leonardo da Vinci's La Belle Ferronnière, which is currently found in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. 
For more information, click here.
 
4. Independence Plaza, Space Centre, Houston, USA
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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As of late January 2016, Houston's Space Center in the USA will be displaying the shuttle replica, Independence, as well as their first Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, which played an important role in the orbiter's development. The latter had a total of 11,017 flight hours, during which it carried space shuttles 223 times. If you visit the Space Center, you will be able to see the inside of the shuttle and learn more about its program and history, through interactive learning spaces with various interestingartifacts exhibited. 
For more information, click here.
 
5. Omaka Aviation Centre, New Zealand
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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This summer, visitors of the Omaka Aviation Centre, which is located 5 km away from the center of Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand, will be lucky enough to see some brand new attractions. These include the WWI aviation collection of Sir Peter Jackson, the opening of a new WWII hangar exhibition, as well as the world's only flyable Mk1 Avro Anson twin-engine bomber. There will also be a Yakovlev Tak-3 to see, parked on a snow-graded airstrip at the edge of a bombed out city. As visitors walk along these exhibits, they are given the chance to live through the history and explore their way through a wondrous geographical journey.
For more information, click here.
 
6. Kynren: An Epic Tale of England, Durham, UK
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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The Auckland Castle, found in the thriving tourist area County Durham, will be hosting new live action night shows as of July. Held on a 7.5-acre stage in an open-air theater, this show will involve a cast and crew of 1000 volunteers, who will reenact the story of England, spanning over 2,000 years. The audience will be transported to different time periods every 90 minutes, including the Roman Times and the Industrial Revolution. It is envisioned that the venue will also host its own permanent theme park.
For more information, click here.
 
 
7. Museo Nacional de Pachacámac, Peru
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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This year, Peru is proudly opening its new museum in Pachacámac, which is one of the most important archeological sites on the Peruvian coast. It has connections that date back to 200 AD, as it thrived through the Pre-Inca and Inca times, during which it was a prominent pilgrimage site. The spot comprises of 17 pyramids, palaces, temples and plazas. All of its intriguing history can be explored in this museum, where one can also see locally discovered relics and pieces currently displayed at two museums in Lima.
For more information, click here.
 
8. Movie Animation Park Studios, Malaysia
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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Malaysia will soon be home to its first and largest animation theme park. Spanning an area of 52 acres in the state of Perak, northern Malaysia, this park will include a total of 40 entertaining attractions spread across six thematic zones, including those dedicated to Casper the Friendly Ghost and The Smurfs. It will also feature what will be the country's tallest drop tower, which will be over 20 storeys high. Enjoy anything from rides to stunts in the newest family attraction in Malaysia yet.
For more information, click here.
 
9. Chaplin Museum: The Modern Times Museum, Switzerland
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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Switzerland has now become a new favored 2016 destination for all Charlie Chaplin fans around the world, at the news of a Chaplin Museum scheduled to open this April. Whether you are actually a fan or not, anyone visiting the Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey will find it interesting to be immersed in the life of the star. This can't be experienced in any better way, because the museum itself is his very own former home, where he lived for his last 25 years and died in 1977. 
For more information, click here.
 
10. Mont Blanc Skyway, Courmayeur, Italy
10 New Tourist Attractions We're All Waiting for in 2016!

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Italy's new tourist attraction has seen its first ski season open the winter of 2015/16. Found in Courmayeur, Mont Blanc Skyway offers its visitors panoramic 360° views of the Western Alps' highest peaks from a rotating glass-fronted cable car. It rises to a height of 3,466 meters, enabling passengers to access the highest possible point reached by public transport, and the closest one to the summit of Mont Blanc. During the winter, skiers are free to explore off-piste routes, while in the summer, visitors can hop to the beautiful Saussurea alpine botanical garden.
For more information, click here.
 
11. FIFA Football Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
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2016 will also see the opening of the much-awaited FIFA World Football Museum, in Zurich, Switzerland. All football fanatics are more than thrilled to enter the world of football heritage and engage in its long history and all the exciting artifacts it has left for us. The museum offers three floors of unique showcases, including photos, videos, trophies, books, and documents. It's complete with its own gaming area and library - and all will be available to the public as of early 2016.
For more information, click here.
 
 
/T: roughguides.com
 
 
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