Aircraft of Tintin – deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

"The Black Island" openes with Tintin taking a walk with Snowy when he sees an aircraft in emergency. The aircraft landed in a field, however, when Tintin approached it, the two men who de-boarded from the aircraft shot at him and escaped. The aircraft in question was a red and cream twin-seat plan with a … Continue reading Aircraft of Tintin – deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk


Aircraft of Tintin – Carriedas 160 (TU-134?)

Tintin, Captain Haddock and professor Calculus accompanied by Snowy were flying to Sydney to attend the International Astronautical Congress aboard Qantas Flight 714. This is how the penultimate Tintin book got its name - "Flight 714". At Jakarta airport they were introduced to Mr Carriedas, the billionaire who never laughed. Mr Carriedas developed a fancy … Continue reading Aircraft of Tintin – Carriedas 160 (TU-134?)

Aircraft of Tintin – Macchi MC 94

Tintin had saved the state of Syldavia from a coup against the King Ottokar in "King Ottokar's Sceptre". He had flown in in a Ju 52. At the end of his adventure he was given a state farewell and left for his home with Thomson and Thompson in a yellow flying boat. As happens with … Continue reading Aircraft of Tintin – Macchi MC 94

Aircraft of Tintin – Junker Ju52

Tintin had started his adventures in the Eastern Europe in “Tintin in the Land of the Soviets”, after travelling through Africa, North and South America, Brirain and the Orient he returned to East Europe in “King Ottokar’s Sceptre”. He had to travel to Klow, the capital of the imaginary kingdom of Syldavia with Professor Alembick. … Continue reading Aircraft of Tintin – Junker Ju52

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – AUV

Man has always been looking at finding ways and means to do dangerous stuff safely. A lot of activities which we do as routine or for fun and thrill can get dangerous. Let us take simple things like riding a bike or driving a car to office and back. Though everyday commute is usually boring, … Continue reading Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – AUV

How HOVs Work?

In my last post, I had discussed about the Human Occupied Vehicles used for deep sea exploration. These are manned submersibles which are designed to dive to extreme depths exceeding thousands of meters (tens of thousands of feet). Before I start, lets differentiate between a submarine and a submersible. A submarine is usually a military … Continue reading How HOVs Work?

Diving Deep – Human Occupied Vehicles

Humans are the most curious animals on earth. Their quest for knowledge and to explore the world around them and beyond has led them on innumerable explorations. Man reached the moon (literally) on 20 July 1969. Thereafter man has sent several probes into deep space reaching and crossing the expanse of the solar system. However, … Continue reading Diving Deep – Human Occupied Vehicles

Vehicles of the S400 Triumf System

"S400 Triumf" is a Russian Air Defence System. This system is a successor of the S300 system and was  inducted into the Russian Armed Forces in 2007. S400 is an integrated system with a multi-function radar,  autonomous detection and targeting system, anti-aircraft missile system, launchers and command and control system. It is capable of engaging … Continue reading Vehicles of the S400 Triumf System

Got Abhilash – Shivalik Class

My last post was dedicated to the brave Indian sailor Cdr Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy. His boat "Thuriya" had rolled over and dis-masted in stormy seas in the South Indian Ocean. The officer was injured and confined to his bunk in his boat till he was rescued by the French fisheries research vessel "Osiris" … Continue reading Got Abhilash – Shivalik Class

Finding Abhilash – P8-I

The "Golden Globe Race" is a race to circumnavigate the world solo in a sailing boat. This race is being held to commemorate 50 years of "Sunday Times Golden Globe Race"  held in 1968-69. The original race was sponsored by the British "Sunday Times". This race led to the popularity of similar races like "BOC Challenge" … Continue reading Finding Abhilash – P8-I