The Golden Gate is an art deco suspension bridge that stretches across San Francisco Bay and is one of the most enduring symbols of the city. Its construction arose from the need to get from San Francisco to Marin and the ferry traffic in San Francisco Bay had become just too heavy. Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge began in 1933, and was completed in 1937.
Dragons are magical creatures from myth and legend. European Dragons are featured as having large, reptilian bodies with bat-like wings. Steel Dragons are said to embody the traits of nobility and justice.
The Hughes H-4 Hercules nicknamed the Spruce Goose by critics, was designed as a transatlantic transport plane for use during World War II though it was not completed until after the war. Due to restrictions during the war on the use of aluminum and also concerns about weight, the plane was built almost entirely of birch wood. It was the largest amphibious plane to ever fly though that was only one brief flight on November 2, 1947. The aircraft remains in good condition and is currently on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA.
The London Tower Bridge, built in 1886-1894 over the River Thames, is both a suspension and a drawbridge. It has become an iconic symbol of London and was featured in many films such as the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie. This 244 meter bridge consists of two towers (65 meters high) tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways.
Dedicated on October 28, 1886, “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”, was a gift from the people of France to the United States. This copper statue reaches over 305’ from ground level and has become a symbol of freedom and democracy.
As the largest ship afloat, the Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Departing on April 10th, 1912, the Titanic sailed for 5 days before hitting an iceberg at 2:20 AM on April 15th. Of the 2,223 souls aboard, only 710 survived the crash and frigid waters off the coast of Nova Scotia.
The USS Midway (CV-41) is a US Naval aircraft carrier named after the World War II Battle of Midway. This carrier was commissioned one week after the end of that war and was the largest ship in the world until 1955. The USS Midway served during the Vietnam War, as well as in other engagements before being decommissioned in 1992. The carrier currently resides at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
This WWII German tank featured a larger turret ring designed for tank-to-tank combat. More than 8000 Panzer IV tanks were produced during the war, comprising approximately half the German tank forces on the Western Front.
The Battle of the Ironclads, also known as the Battle of Hampton Roads, was fought over a two-day period during the American Civil War. This battle marked the first engagement between armor-plated warships heralding the evolution from wooden to steel military vessels.
Over 15 stories tall, the external tank flanked by two booster rockets, enabled the space shuttle to escape Earth’s gravity and send it into orbit. The two booster rockets would burn 9 tons of fuel per second, at a velocity of 3000 miles per hour.
Shuttle nameplates included: Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavor and Enterprise.