Some cool precision turning pictures:
Waiting for the “Night Witches”
Image by Neil. Moralee
Candid shot Zell am Ziller, Austria.
"Night Witches" is the English translation of Nachthexen, a Planet War II German nickname (Russian Ночные ведьмы, Nochnye Vedmy) for the female military aviators of the 588th Evening Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces. The regiment was formed by Colonel Marina Raskova and led by Key Yevdokia Bershanskaya.
The regiment flew harassment bombing and precision bombing missions against the German military from 1942 till the end of the war. At its largest, it had 40 two-individual crews. It flew over 23,000 sorties and is stated to have dropped 3,000 tons of bombs. It was the most very decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force, every single pilot getting flown over 800 missions by the finish of the war and twenty-three possessing been awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title. Thirty of its members died in combat.
The regiment flew in wood-and-canvas Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes, a 1928 style intended for use as coaching aircraft and for crop-dusting, and to this day the most-produced biplane in aviation history. The planes could carry only six bombs at a time, so a number of missions per evening were essential. Though the aircraft were obsolete and slow, the pilots created daring use of their exceptional maneuverability they had the benefit of possessing a maximum speed that was lower than the stall speed of each the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, and as a result, German pilots discovered them extremely hard to shoot down. An attack approach of the evening bombers was to idle the engine close to the target and glide to the bomb release point, with only wind noise left to reveal their location. German soldiers likened the sound to broomsticks and named the pilots "Night Witches." Due to the weight of the bombs and the low altitude of flight, the pilots carried no parachutes
Brave women !
The athlete and his attendant – I
Image by egisto.sani
The funerary stele shows two figures standing 1 in front of the other. They are an athlete, the deceased young, and his attendant. The bust of the athlete is represented in 3-quarters, his head in profile. The features and the anatomy of the young are rendered with wonderful precision despite the relief is genuinely very low. The correct arm is lowered at the waist while the left arm is raised up to the shoulder and the palm turned towards the observer. The head of the young athlete is bent downward. His melancholy gaze is directed towards the attendant. The youth is standing in front of him, holding two standard tools form athletes: an aryballos containing ointment and a strigil.
Greek funerary stele
Pantelic Marble, H. 205 cm – W. 70.five cm
About 430 BC
Vatican City State, Vatican Museums, Museo Gregoriano Profano