This is a very rare picture that emerged once I started to browse through my old pictures. I took this shot more than 10 years ago during my visit at the USS Intrepid, right after I read the news that Concorde is coming to town. This unique Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD – British Airways supersonic jet arrived to the USS Intrepid on the barge – and you can see her still sitting on the barge, ready to be unloaded. You might have noticed already that I am really into planes, this magnificent plane is in my top three. My favourites: Supermarine Spitfire, MiG-29 and Concorde – all of them are very special.
Back to Concorde – what a magnificent plane, how futuristic and ahead of its days, even for todays standards, it’s still like a science fiction creation! To bad that we, as a civilisation, seem to go backwards in time – we have no Space Shuttles, we do not fly to the moon, we do not travel supersonic anymore.
This particular aircraft, serial no. 100-010, registered under the G-BOAD sign, first flew on August 25, 1976. With a crew of nine, she could fly at 1,350 mph (2,150 km/h) at an altitude of 60,000 ft (18,181 m), where its 100 passengers could see the curvature of the Earth. The fastest Atlantic crossing by a Concorde occurred on the 7th of February 1996 and took 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. Just an astonishing machine – too bad that I will never see it flying, let alone fly it.
You can visit this Concorde here. It’s worth it, really.
Ancient city of Kotor in Montenegro has one of the most amazing mountain fortifications I have ever came across. I will write about them later, meanwhile check the wiki page, few pictures and the interactive panorama from the top of the St. John mountain, there the top of the fortress sits. Stunning place, 40 minutes of really fast climb over really steep stairs with over 40 degrees of Celsius full sunshine day. It was well worth it.
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Interesting fishing huts located in Port Milena near the beautiful town Ulcinj in Montenegro, very close to the border with Albania. There seems to be some ecological problem there, the place is very special and unique, but terribly polluted – check the video at the bottom of this post.
Szczecin, (original, German name – Stettin), one of the most beautiful Polish cities, yet one of the least known and most underestimated. What you see at the panoramas below, is the view from the stunning Maritime Museum building located by the Oder river. Click the panoramas to see them bigger – soon you will see more pictures of Stettin and its amazing, mostly post baroque, architecture.
and the beautiful Szczecin Maritime Museum building with the visible observation deck located 53 meters above the ground:
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