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Harmony of the Seas Accident

One person has been killed and two other critically injured after a lifeboat fell from the world's biggest cruise liner, the Harmony of the Seas, which was docked in the French port of Marseille.

According to La Provence, the local newspaper, five members of the ship's navigation crew were on board when the lifeboat became detached.

The accident is understood to have taken place during a basic security drill.

It is unclear precisely what the five were doing inside the… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on September 13, 2016 at 12:44 — 3 Comments

If you have any interest in WWII info, you may find this very interesting.

This is quite a story …! An Armada of ships and airplanes poised for the invasion of Japan…that never happened…because President Truman authorized the dropping of “A” bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima that resulted in the Japanese surrender. Just think of the American lives that would have been lost had this invasion occurred. Be thankful that the U S had a President with the courage to make the call. Sadly most Americans today know nothing about this and the sacrifices made by those before… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on August 6, 2016 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Did you ever see a fighter jet sit down on a stool?

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Added by Jack Dryden on June 14, 2016 at 18:02 — 2 Comments

If you like restored WWII aircraft, you'll like this Canadian video.

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Added by Jack Dryden on April 17, 2016 at 17:48 — No Comments

How to Build and Fly a B-787 in less than four minutes

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Added by Jack Dryden on April 2, 2016 at 16:10 — No Comments

Name that Boat

A campaign to name a multi-million pound polar research vessel Boaty McBoatface, has gained a Twitter following and coverage worldwide.

The name, which gained more than 16,500 votes in an online naming competition, reportedly trended on Twitter during the weekend with a number of Twitter accounts set up using the name.

James Hand, the communications manager and former BBC presenter who suggested the name, initially described it as "absolutely brilliant" but later tweeted an… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on March 21, 2016 at 12:30 — 6 Comments

Skills of a pilot

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Added by Jack Dryden on October 17, 2015 at 20:16 — No Comments

Unusual Airport Runways Around the World

1. Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

This North Island airport is one of the few in the world that has a railway line running through its runway.

Both the railway and the airport are active, so lets hope they are precise about their scheduling.

2. Juancho E. Yrausquin…


Added by Jack Dryden on August 27, 2015 at 18:02 — 2 Comments


YACHT DELIVERY - 85 foot custom-built motor yacht complete with 4 state rooms, a state-of-the-art galley, GPSSystem and radar for navigation, twin supercharged diesel engines.



Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries with cream and

music dockside for the excited 'soon to be owner' and a small

group of his friends.



Added by Jack Dryden on August 19, 2015 at 16:41 — 5 Comments

An amazing War Story

B-17 "All American" (414th Squadron, 97BG)


Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.

Copilot- G. Boyd Jr.

Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle

Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge

Engineer- Joe C. James

Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway

Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda

Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk

Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus

Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland

In 1943 a mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock…


Added by Jack Dryden on June 14, 2015 at 9:39 — 3 Comments

Budapest Airshow

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Added by Jack Dryden on June 11, 2015 at 20:10 — No Comments

Footage courtesy of the U.S. Navy & the BlueAngels

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Added by Jack Dryden on March 10, 2015 at 16:37 — No Comments

Fuel Leak As Ship Hits The Rocks Off Scotland

A container ship on its way to Norway has run aground off the Scottish coast and is leaking fuel.

An operation is under way to contain any risk of pollution and free Lysblink Seaways, which has nine people on board.

The alarm was raised at around 1.50am on Wednesday when the vessel became stuck off Kilchoan, north of the Isle of Mull, in the West Highlands.

The ship, thought to be carrying paper, did not refloat at high tide at 4.35am.

Tugs are expected to… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on February 18, 2015 at 20:36 — No Comments

Cruise Ship Listed As Vessel Hit By Fire

A cruise ship carrying nearly 800 passengers listed for a time as it was hit by a fire on board.

The blaze, which has now been put out, took place in the engine room of Boudicca around 4am as it was sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco.

The vessel was listing for a "short period" following the loss of the propulsion system, according to operator Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Boudicca, with 784 guests and 356 crew members on board, is now fully stable and there is… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on January 25, 2015 at 16:10 — 2 Comments

Crew Grounded Stricken Ship After Capsize Risk

A car carrier was grounded on a sandbank on purpose by its crew because it was severely listing and could have capsized.

The pilot and master were praised by the ship's owner for "saving" the vessel and crew by grounding the ship and showed "great skill".

Salvage experts are assessing how to refloat the Hoegh Osaka after it ran aground off the Isle of Wight in one of the country's busiest shipping lanes.

The 25 crew members were rescued by a coastguard helicopter and… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on January 4, 2015 at 19:02 — 3 Comments

Plane Blown Off Runway At Stornoway Airport

It is believed the wheel of the plane collapsed during heavy winds on the Scottish island.

All passengers on board the plane are reported to have escaped without any injuries.

Meanwhile, another plane had to be diverted from London City Airport to Southend Airport in Essex this morning after an engine fire.

The fire was put out by the plane's automatic systems before it landed safely around 8.30am.

There were no injuries to the 28 passengers and three… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on January 2, 2015 at 10:02 — No Comments

Ship Carrying 900 Migrants Abandoned At Sea

Italy's coastguard said they narrowly averted a "massacre" after a cargo ship was abandoned at sea with more than 900 Syrian refugees on board.

Officers said the Blue Sky M's engines had been locked and its steering set on a course which would have seen it smash ashore in Italy's Puglia region.

Two helicopters were scrambled overnight and six coastguard officers boarded the ship and managed to bring it under control just five miles from the rocky coastline.

"It was a… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on December 31, 2014 at 18:09 — No Comments

Fire Breaks Out On Italian Ferry Off Greece

The mother of a British man trapped with hundreds of people on the top deck of a burning ship in the Adriatic Sea has told of her fears.

Dotty Channing-Williams said she was speaking to her show jumper son Nicholas, who was one of two Britons aboard the Norman Atlantic with his fiancee Regina Theofilli, when the phone call cut off.

The ship caught fire just after 6am local time about 35 miles north of Corfu, close to the Albanian city of Vlora, while it was travelling from… Continue

Added by Jack Dryden on December 28, 2014 at 16:56 — No Comments

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