This predatory arachnid has eight legs and is easily recognized by a pair of grasping claws and a narrow segmented tail that is often carried in a characteristic forward curve over its back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions can grow as large as 20 cm. Their venom has a fearsome reputation but only about 25 out of almost 1500 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human.
The name comes from the Greek word meaning prophet because they appear to be praying when their forelegs are clasped together. They are carnivorous and are equipped with sharp spines along their front legs to grasp prey. The mantis is a very unique insect in that it can turn its head 180 degrees, has only one ear and some are large enough to capture humming birds.
Ferries form a part of the public transport systems of many waterside cities and islands. The world’s busiest ferry route is the Staten Island Ferry which shuttles commuters between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York City. However, the Washington State Ferry system operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States with 22 ferries that cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying over 23 million passengers.
Is a British four-engine heavy bomber used by the RAF in World War II. It became the most successful night time bomber of the war and flew 156,000 sorties. The bomber gained additional distinction for carrying the famous Upkeep "Bouncing bomb" for Operation Chastise in attacks on dams in the Ruhr Valley.
Is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others as a primary trainer. It is a very easy plane to fly with a stall speed of only 25 knots. However, it has no electrical system and must be started by hand.
Is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters that are designed to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A employs conventional takeoff and landing, the F-35B will be used for short take-off and vertical-landings, and the F-35C will be carrier-based. The F-35 models are intended to provide the bulk of tactical airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy over the coming decades.
Has large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world capable of attaining speeds of more than 40 miles per hour. They are important predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants and wasps. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands.
Was a hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. During that time it made 590 flights and flew more than a million miles. The Zeppelin could achieve a top speed of 80 mph (70 knots) at its maximum thrust of 2,650 horsepower and had a useable payload of 15,000 kg (33,000 lbs).
Was a long-range, Mach 3.5+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed by Lockheed and its Skunk Works® division. It was the first aircraft to be constructed mainly of titanium. At full velocity the airplane surface heats up to over 260°C+ (500 °F). A total of 3,551 missions were flown and not one Blackbird was lost due to enemy military retaliation. Note: Skunk Works is the nickname for Lockheed's Advanced Development Programs. Skunk Works engineers have developed highly advanced, military aircraft, often in secret, since World War II.
It was known as the RCA Building until 1988 and is today referred to as the GE building. It is also carries the nickname 30 Rock and is most famous for being the headquarters of the television network NBC.
The Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot observation tower/restaurant on the southeastern edge of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. The tower was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair. It was the tallest observation tower in the United States until 1996 when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was completed.
Is a temple located on the Athenian Acropolis in Greece and dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena whom the people of Athens considered their patron deity. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power and was completed in 438 BC. The Parthenon is the most recognizable enduring symbol of ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization.
This concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Canada stands at 1,815 feet (553 m). When it was completed in 1976 it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure. The CN Tower is a symbol of Canadian achievement and in 1995 it was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, DC, was opened in 1971. It is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year.
Ushered in a new class of automobile known as the pony car. Its revolutionary design featuring the long hood and short deck proved wildly popular and according to Ford, 22,000 orders were taken the day it debuted. The Mustang featured a base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine with a three-speed floor shift transmission, full wheel covers, bucket seats, carpeting, and a padded dash all for a base retail price of $2,320. An optional 260-cubic inch V-8 engine was also available.
Is also known as the White Heron Castle because of the way that its soaring white stucco walls resemble a graceful heron taking flight. The original fortress was built in 1346 and the castle in its current form was completed 1610. The castle is full of defensive features however it has never been attacked in its 400 year history. In 1993 it was designated a World Heritage Site.
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.
Is a heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom, dipper, bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the "house". The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. It is a natural progression from the steam shovel and often mistakenly called power shovel
Yomeimon Gate – Is part of the Tosho-gu Shrine in Kikko which is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It is one of Japan's most ornate structures, giving off a grand and imposing air with its intricate decorations and architectural features