Archive - Weird Science

The amazing Ecranoplanes

October 03 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Flight, Obsolescence, Weird Science

I’m not entirely convinced that we can call these things “planes” given the fact that they don’t actually fly.. To travel they rely on ground effect forces that allowed them to “fly” a few meters off the ground at serious speeds and while carrying enormous loads. My favorite has always been the Caspian Monster. Everything […]

Travel by jet or by train? Why not both at the same time?

March 01 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Obsolescence, Weird Science

In the early 1970s the Russians followed the American jet train research by sticking two Yak-40 turbo-jet engines to the lead car of an ER22 train. The SVL (high-speed laboratory car) was intended to be used on the Troika Express and during testing is was able to reach speeds of 180mph (250km/hr).. Like it’s American […]

The great train race

February 04 Comments Off Category: Cold War Tech, Gear Head, Obsolescence, Trains, Weird Science

I love weird tech, and it’s really hard to beat the weirdness that the cold war created here and in Russia.. I grew up at the tail end of the cold war that Ronald Reagan, all praise his name, helped bring to an end while I was still in high school.. Anyway, where was I?? […]