Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London though today the name also refers to the clock and the clock tower. The bell weighs almost 14 tons and each clock face is 23 feet in diameter. It became fully operational on September 7th, 1859 and is today one of the most prominent symbols of London standing at 316 feet high. The clock requires winding three times per week and pennies are periodically added or removed from the clock of pendulum to maintain its accuracy.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria near the town of Fussen and was Walt Disney’s inspiration to create the Magic Kingdom. Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Stone” which is a reference to “the Swan Knight”; one of the characters in an opera by the composer Richard Wagner. King Ludwig II began construction of the castle in 1869. Today his fairy tale castle stands as the most visited castle in Germany welcoming more than 1,300,000 tourists per year.
The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a 5-star luxury hotel located on an artificial island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 1,053 feet, it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The unique shape is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has become a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair and stands at 1,063 feet tall. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world until the Chrysler Building was built in 1930.
The First Space Shuttle built was the Enterprise. It was built by Rockwell International to be used by NASA for test flights in the atmosphere. The Enterprise had been designed so it could be refitted and used for orbital flight. However, this plan proved too expensive and so it was decided to simply build a new shuttle called Challenger. The Enterprise now resides in the Intrepid Museum in New York City.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA, the space agency of the United States. Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, and first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011.
Its maiden voyage was on August 30, 1984. Since then it has flown more than any other Spacecraft having completed 39 successful missions one of which was the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope. Discovery now resides at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Was the fourth shuttle built and the last one to fly. It was launched on its maiden voyage October 3rd 1985 and landed for the last time on July 12th 2011 at Cape Kennedy. By the end of its last flight, Atlantis had orbited the Earth 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126 million miles.
The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington. It is a major landmark in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet high at its highest point and 138 feet wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons.
There once was a real ship named Black Pearl captained by Henry Morgan, one of the world’s most notorious pirates. The Black Pearl which first sailed in 1669 fought many battles; the most famous of which was an invasion in Panama in 1671. The following year Captain Morgan was put in prison in England. Years later he returned to Jamaica as a judge and governor. Henry Morgan died in England in 1688 after a long illness.
The most famous helicopter in the world is the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, most commonly referred to as the Huey which first flew in 1956. It earned its fame during the Vietnam War and has been featured in many war movies, including Apocalypse Now and Platoon, as well as in numerous action adventure films.
This American tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter was first used during the Vietnam War. Powered by two 4,733 horsepower turbo-shaft engines, it has a top speed of 196 mph which made it faster than any other utility and attack helicopter at that time. It remains in production and frontline service, with over 1,200 built to date.
Originally produced by McDonnell Douglas, this Boeing twin-engine army attack helicopter first entered service with the US Army in 1984. Since then it has become the primary attack helicopter of many nations. More than 2,000 have been produced.
This twin engine tactical fighter was designed for the U.S. Air Force to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It first flew July 1972 and has become among the most successful modern fighter jets with over 100 aerial combat victories.
The Empire State Building is the highest building in New York City. This 102 story building rises 1,250ft above the city at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State.
InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars. InSight launched on May 5, 2018 and successfully landed on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018.
Its finding are expected to shed light on the processes responsible for the formation of Mars, Earth, and even rocky exoplanets more than 4 billion years ago.
The Hogwarts Express runs between London, Kings Cross Station Platform 9 ¾ and Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movie franchise. The Express dutifully carries students to and from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the start and end of every term. Originally steam fitted by the Muggles (non-magic people) who built it, the Hogwarts Express now runs exclusively on magic.
The consolidated B-24 Liberator, first flown in 1939, began active service in 1941 and was the most produced American aircraft of World War II, with 18,482 built. The Liberator was used in every theater of the war and for a variety of missions from long-range bombing and submarine patrol, to transporting high priority cargo and VIPs.
DIAMOND LIL was the 18th production B-24 built.
Today Diamond Lil is one of two airworthy B-24s.