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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Moscow’s New Cold War Museum
    devoted to the Cold War The most interesting aspect of the proposed project is its location inside a former military command bunker 200 feet beneath the city The nearly 11 000 sq foot bunker is part of a vast underground complex that was built during the mid 1950s All totaled there are more than 75 000 sq feet 7 000 sq meters of almost 300 rooms corridors galleries and tunnels that housed a community of 2 500 military and civilian specialists from the Ministry of Defense Ministry of Communications KGB technicians and the Air Defense Forces The complex was designed to sustain upwards of 3 000 people for up to three months in the event of an American nuclear strike In the decades that surrounded the collapse of the USSR the complex fell into a state of complete disrepair Late last year it was auctioned off to the private company Novik Servis Новик сервис The company has plans to transform the bunker into a multi use facility that will include a Cold War Museum nightclub restaurant and spa Currently group tours of the dilapidated underground tunnels are available For information about arranging a visit and for more on the construction

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Peaceful Coexistence
    ploughshare of cooperative and solicitous thoughts We extend fraternal greetings to Mr Holman for his wise and beneficent decision We rejoice in our return to the collective labor of constructing an air minded blogosphere May children know only happiness and joy May clouds of war never darken the horizon May there always be sunshine Though we remain ever vigilant One Response to Peaceful Coexistence 1 Airminded Stepping back from the

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » World War Tune
    prepared to do battle War has commenced The lackey of Curzon will rue the day that he launched his sneak attack My vast reserves of airplane songs will metaphorically darken the heavens above He and his minions will cower beneath my air music armada just like the sub human creature things in Pink Floyd s Goodbye Blue Sky Panic and despair will seize his very being Woe will befall his blighted website as I unleash a campaign of total sonic war The belligerent saber rattler well knows that the bomber will always get through And the devastation that I inflict with Motörhead s Bomber is fearsome indeed Holman shall find no shelter from my wrath in the wake of his predacious first strike My Dictatorship of the Air is well armed with a vast stockpile of deadly weapons and warriors none more lethal than this Jet Pilot from System of a Down SURRENDER Holman ALL IS LOST I am become deaf the destroyer of bandwith 3 Responses to World War Tune 1 Airminded Unthinking the thinkable Pinged With April 4 2007 11 19 am WE ARE ALWAYS pleased to learn of a new post on Professor Palmer s most interesting blog the Avia Corner It is the first place one would turn in order to learn about the often murky world of Soviet aviation However his latest rant there is unfortunately no other word for it caught us by surprise for it is aimed squarely at Airminded itself It seems that the good professor has taken exception to our previous post which happened to refer to one of his in what was by no means an unfriendly spirit As the reaction is out of all proportion to the supposed offence the suspicion occurs that it is officially inspired The possible

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved!!
    available to investigators The personal diary that Carey kept while on board the cutter was previously unknown Although TIGHAR executive director Ron Gillespie acknowledges that the diary doesn t provide any new information about the content of Earhart s radio messages he notes that it is the first document that puts a real person aboard Itasca and tells us something from a firsthand witness about what went on during those desperate hours and days TIGHAR members are convinced that Earhart and Noonan crash landed on a flat reef 350 miles south of Howland where they survived for some time on scant food and rainwater If they can raise sufficient funds the group hopes this summer to dispatch its ninth expedition to the south Pacific to locate Earhart s crash Previous trips have turned up a number of tantalizing clues including shoe heels Plexiglass pieces and an aluminum panel that may have come from an Electra aircraft However definitive evidence has yet eluded the organization So how did Carey s diary surface A TIGHAR volunteer who trolls the Internet for Earhart memorabilia spotted it for sale on E Bay Cost of the diary 26 Sailing along with this summer s TIGHAR expedition 50 000 Viewing the following video of The Handsome Family s Amelia Earhart versus the Dancing Bear Priceless ScP 3 Responses to Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved 1 Airminded Duelling YouTubes Pinged With April 3 2007 4 30 am It s always interesting to see echoes of the golden age of aviation in today s pop culture At the Avia Corner Scott Palmer ends an update on the search for Amelia Earhart with a related music video Amelia Earhart versus the Dancing Bear by The Handsome Family Well I ll see his aviatrix lost at sea never to be found

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Made in China?
    piece notes the news is particularly vexing for the beleaguered Airbus company which is building an assembly plant in China in order to position itself better in that country It s far too early to tell whether or not the Chinese will succeed in the goal of overtaking their Western competitors Either way coupled with their on going efforts to gain a foothold in the regional air market with the

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    dirigible USS Macon the largest aircraft ever built by the United States I blogged about the USS Macon and the expedition here The issue also contains a review of Dictatorship of the Air written by Walter J Boyne former Director of the National Air Space Museum and recent inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame ScP Discussion 0 Dogfights February 25 2007 11 02 pm Filed in Avia Corner General Military One of the disadvantages to having your head buried in books all day long is that you sometimes miss out on those few occasions when there s something other than South Park that s really worth watching on the tube Tonight was almost one of those occasions Fortunately I recovered just in time this evening to tune in to the History Channel s Dogfights marathon In the event you haven t seen the show which debuted this past November Dogfights uses computer animation interviews and archival footage to recreate famous air battles from the Great War through the present Although some of the episodes seem to stretch their material to make it to the one hour mark they have been uniformly engaging educational and immensely entertaining Dogfights regularly airs Fridays at 10 EST 9 CST It s well worth watching ScP Discussion 0 America s First Air Show February 14 2007 8 27 am Filed in 20th Century Avia Corner Sources Web Sites For eight days in late August 1909 the city of Reims France played host to Le Grande Semaine d Aviation de la Champagne one of the first and most successful air shows of the new age of flight The Reims Air Show riveted European attention on the airplane awakened the public to the reality of flight and fired the imagination of artists intellectuals poets and politicians Fewer than one dozen pilots all but two of them French took part in the meet Still the air meet at Reims attracted more than 500 000 visitors and cemented the airplane s function as both an object of inspiration and a source of public spectacle In the months that followed air shows multiplied across the Continent in places like Brescia Nice Monte Carlo and St Petersburg as local aviation enthusiasts sought to duplicate the excitement and success of the French event America s first international air show commenced on 10 January 10 1910 five months after Le Grande Semaine It was hosted by the Aero Club of California at site just outside of Los Angeles in Dominguez Hills The Dominguez Hills air show attracted some of the world s most famous aviators including the first man to cross the English Channel in an airplane Louis Blériot the winner of the first cross country air race Louis Paulhan and American favorite son Glenn H Curtiss who had claimed the 5 000 Gordon Bennett Trophy Race held at Reims Attendance at the Dominguez Hills meet surpassed expectations Over the course of the ten day show an estimated 226 000 spectators

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » “Aero-verses”
    verses is a characteristic example It was first published in 1925 by the short lived journal Give Us Motors High art it ain t But it reflects well two of the principal themes associated with ODVF s initial campaign that citizens should replace their faith in God with faith in technology and that citizens should recognize as their duty participation in building aviation Here s the English translation followed by the Russian original Aero verses 1925 We no longer consider ourselves worthless dust Who taught us the narcotic of faith Skyward we launch the aero squadron Our religion is the airplane Hey wake up you blind and deaf ones Attend to the path of life We wrest power from the hands of nature In establishing the air fleet Look upward friend of the air fleet Let pride constrain your thoughts That aerial flock is after all your work The propellers were fastened by your dues Higher comrade lift your head Eyes wider with an intense glance See how they splendidly fly The steel children of the laboring mass Listen the propeller whirling The aero ever higher climbs Adroitly moving through the sky Friends it is our airplane Аэро стихи Даешь мотор но 5 1925 ст 30 Довольно считать себя никчемною пылью Чему научил нас религии дурман В небо запустим аэро эскадрилью Наша религия аэроплан Эй проснитесь слепцы глухие Слушайте жизни ход Вырвем власть из рук стихи Создавая воздушный флот Вверх гляди друг воздухо флота Гордостью мысли свои стреножь В стае воздушной твоя ведь работа Винтиком ввернут твой членский грош Выше товарищ голову Шире зрачки напряженных глаз Видишь как летят здорово Дети стальные трудящихся масс Слышишь пропеллeр дыжится Аэро выше гляди берет Ловко по воздуху движется Наш друзья самолет ScP One Response to Aero verses 1 Investigations of a Dog Military

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Aviation History
    magazine s cover story Return to the Macon is devoted the recent underwater expedition that explored the offshore wreckage of the dirigible USS Macon the largest aircraft ever built by the United States I blogged about the USS Macon and the expedition here The issue also contains a review of Dictatorship of the Air written by Walter J Boyne former Director of the National Air Space Museum and recent inductee

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