MD-160 Lun-class Ekranoplan.
My favorite aircraft.
Mil Mi-26 delivering a BTR-60 armored personel carrier to Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
Tubed food for Soviet cosmonauts: borsch, shchi, cottage cheese with cranberry, coffee with milk.
At the funeral of Yuri Gagarin —- we see Leonid Brezhnev and Andriyan Nikolayev carrying his casket. I can’t help but tear up looking at images such as this, heroes live forever and Gagarin lives forever in my heart.
USSR. Moscow. Olympic Games. 1980. Red Square.
That woman is absolutely gorgeous.
”…The vertushka telephone. You’ll notice its lack of a rotary dial–-not a bug, but a feature. If you owned a vertushka, it meant that you didn’t need to call anyone–- people called you. It’s a great illustration how the lack of a feature becomes a cultural signifier. Apple has used this enforced, almost gratuitous minimalism to great effect. And doesn’t that vertrushka look a bit like an iPod classic?”
—Eugene Parnell, on this Soviet-era phone.