22 MIND-BLOWING MACHINES THAT WILL PIQUE THE ENGINEER IN YOU
History's greatest engineers have bent designs and a whole lot of metal to meet the challenge of progress. You will be inspired to pick up the drawing board yourself after witnessing some of the finest feats in machinery and craftsmanship that man has ever known. To start here, you're looking at a dual jet-engine-water-gun-tank for putting out oil fires. Crazy.
When the world said monocylces couldn't be done, the decidedly not single-minded M. Goventosa crafted the world's first, and managed to slap on a steering wheel for ergonomics. Well played.
Helicopter Refueling Tank
Feats of many-tonned flying things continue to get better and better. This massive helicopter seems to feather float over the still decently large tank that is being fueled from above. Meanwhile, white helmet guy is having a completely normal day.
This is how James Bond mows his lawn. On off days, this bladed beast swings with the wind into overextended, power-line impairing branches of horrified trees.
28 Cylinder Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine
To imagine how intense the creators of this incredibly complex engine put their idea to paper is just about the same as trying to understand the makings of this 28 cylinder beast. The engine powered many planes during the 40's and 50's, and was certain to awe any aircraft mechanics who encountered it.
Snow is no longer an impassable barrier for train travel. This massive snow blower is able to rocket many tons of snow per hour up and away from the tracks with the help of the massive power engines mounted to trains can afford.
4,500hp Boring Machine
Nothing is ?"boring' about the giant boring machine named Heidi. In this picture, the machine breaks its way through the final section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, completing the world's largest rail tunnel at over 10.5 miles long.
Howitzer With Silencer
Finally, some of the world's loudest existing machines have been dampened. All you have to do is strap an enormous silencer on the barrel, and voila! A silencer with more mass than the tank it's attached to. No wonder it was used for training exercises only.
World's Largest Helicopter
Powered by two 11,000 horsepower engines, this monstrosity can carry up to 22 tons of cargo, including a retired airliner. Or, a retired Russian airliner and 90 people on board. With a range or 500 miles, this bad boy chopper has done all sorts of cool lifting, including a frozen 23,000 year old wooly mammoth.
Do You Even Lift?
You don't need to be a construction manager to be thoroughly convinced that this is the crane for you. Heck, throw this 3000 ton Liebherr lr130 (with included ?"mini' me's" anywhere and it may just give passersby a craned neck and an obligatory "Wow, now that is a crane hoisting a crane hoisting a crane hoisting a freakin' crane".
Pan American Stratocruiser
In what would become one of the most quintessential 50's photographs there ever were, this Pan American Stratocruiser is seen taking a quick stroll on an overpass before taking off all "I'm a freaking huge plane". Classic Chryslers and suits and sundresses all approved, baby included.
Hemi-Powered Chrysler Air Raid Siren
The loudest warning device ever sold took up more than a small chunk of space to bellow at an ear-drum shattering 138 decibels at 100 feet up. Anyone within 50 miles over flat land could hear this sucker, and be duly warned
North Korean Driving Simulator
Sporting around 50 different car's worth of old and repurposed parts, this driving "simulator" featured a pretty realistic experienceÉexcept perhaps the field of view offered by the attached screen. Not to worry, though, that kid has an emergency brake and 3 feet of car mish mash before his lack of seatbelt sends him flying off his bus bench.
One Mammoth Tractor
Introducing the Eicher Mammut HR, or otherwise known in English as the Mammoth of all tractors! With enough clearance under the frame for small children, any farmer would have a joy lounging a bit on his spacious couch of a seat atop big blue, all while harvesting around half his field at a time!
Lego Injection Mold
Who knew childhood joys and adulthood feet killers were made by such a beastly apparatus? In what looks like a solid block of titanium, this single mold was responsible for over 120 million Lego blocks.
World's Largest Enclosed Ferris Wheel
One can dine within what essentially functions as the world's largest endless elevator. A more optimistic person may take a step into one of the 24 spacious cabins and float effortlessly 156 up to the tune of "what a view" once every 5 minutes or so.
Large Scale Excavator
When a vein of precious materials just won't budge, you call in the mega large-scale excavator to do the job. This particular excavator mines thousands of pounds per day of lignite, a combustible sedimentary rock also known as brown coal.
Kosmonaut Soviet Space Control
The Kosmonaut Yuri Gagarin floated its 760 foot long body between the years 1971 and 1991. Until it was sold for scrap (a LOT of scrap) shortly after the dissipation of the Soviet Union, the massive ship searched as a satellite and space monitoring device, serving the space program as well as giving a whole lot of tracking range to the orbits of cosmonauts and spy satellites alike.
A Ship Shipping Ships
Alright, here's a proper rundown of what this ship's function is. The ship is a ship shipping ship, and at this time is shipping ships. Conveniently, its cargo is also ship shipping ships of the same type. Therefore, what you are witnessing here is s Ship Shipping Ship Shipping Shipping Ships. Say that 5 times fast.
Three Generations Of Mars Rovers
Of all the advances in technology in recent years, there is one trend that is living large amongst buzz words like "sleeker, sexier, and smaller". Here sits three generations of mars rovers at the feet of engineers for the sake of scale. Guess which one is the newest?
World's Largest Wind Turbine Blade
How these two truck drivers will complete this suddenly hairpin turn will be a world record feat. Measuring a whopping 273.95 feet and 13.7 feet wide, the transportation was an absolute logistical nightmare.
Machines have officially replaced masons. We're serious, this machine can turn a pile of bricks into a flawless cross hatch pattern faster than an episode of Hometime.