Russian Hovercraft Crashes Into Beach

hover_crashThe Russian Zubr-class hovercraft is the largest military hovercraft in the world. Measuring roughly 67 meters long, weighing 550 tons fully loaded, and capable of running at 112 km/hour (70 mph), this machine of war is capable of delivering three battle tanks and up to 400 soldiers into a theater of war.

So what the hell was one doing landing on a crowded beach in Mechnikovo, a peninsula that sits on the Baltic Sea near Kaliningrad? Interestingly enough, no one seems to know. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, which released a statement after the incident, the entire thing was part of a normal military maneuver:

Docking at the beach… is a normal event. What people were doing at the beach on the territory of a military [base] is unclear.

So apparently, the beach is part of a military facility? If so, someone forgot to inform the thousands of beach goers who assembled there. No additional information, like if anyone was injured or killed, or even if Russia’s Defense Ministry is full of crap, has been released just yet. But I’m betting good money that the military hierarchy screw the pooch on this one!

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Shogun Tango

Welcome to the future of racing! Here we have a new conceptual movie, the product of director Christopher and modeler Greg Desantis, which features high-tech racers blasting across the California flats. The purpose of the fictitious race, which is known as the Bonneville Classic 5000 (but as Shogun Tango amongst its participants), is all about testing the most powerful vehicles in the world.

One look and I think you’ll agree, the look of the video is pretty damn spectacular. You got racing hovercars, monitoring satellites, and what appear to be called “jump gates”. Sound like any futuristic video games you’ve played lately? According to Greg, the team “made the movie in our spare time over about a year. A few people have asked if it is a viral for Virgin, it’s not. We just thought the film would be cooler with real logos, than with fake or generic logos.”

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Source: IO9