FANNY PRATT
1991, Poitiers
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  1. (biblio)

    José Ortega Y Gasset
    Méditation sur la technique
    Jan Kovac
    Fatal Beauty
    Alessandra Ponte
    Desert Testing
    Albert Speer
    (théorie de la valeur des ruines)
    Ben Rich
    Skunk Works

B2 STEALTH BOMBER

Primary function : multi-role heavy bomber
Contractor : Northrop Grumman Corp. and Contractor Team : Boeing Military Airplanes Co., Hughes Radar Systems Group, General Electric Aircraft Engine Group and Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc.
Power plant : four General Electric F118-GE-100 engines
Thrust : 17,300 pounds each engine
Wingspan : 172 feet (52.12 meters)
Length : 69 feet (20.9 meters)
Height : 17 feet (5.1 meters)
Weight : 160,000 pounds (72,575 kilograms)
Maximum takeoff weight : 336,500 pounds (152,634 kilograms)
Fuel capacity : 167,000 pounds (75750 kilograms)
Payload : 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilograms)
Speed : high subsonic
Range : intercontinental
Ceiling : 50,000 feet (15,240 meters)
Armament : conventional or nuclear weapons
Crew : two pilots
Unit cost : Approximately $1.157 billion (fiscal 1998 constant dollars)
Initial operating capability : April 1997
Inventory : active force : 20 (1 test); ANG : 0; Reserve : 0

HORTEN HO 229
Reimar & Walter Horten; Gothaer Waggonfabrik

3×1000 requirement; namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Only jets could provide the speed, but these were extremely fuel-hungry, so considerable effort had to be made to meet the range requirement. Based on a flying wing, the Ho 229 lacked all extraneous control surfaces to lower drag. It was the only design to come even close to the 3×1000 requirements

wings were made from two thin, carbon-impregnated plywood panels glued together with a charcoal and sawdust mixture

Nostradamus; OHT Radar
Dreux-Louvilliers

HWU Transmission Antennas
Rosnay

«HERE IS MY CONCERN. IT'S LIKE HELL IS BEING ENLARGED, & THAT WITHOUT MEASURE. »


Wink Sink
Winkler County, TX

Spindletop
Beaumont, TX

Mid-Continent Oil Producing Area
Permian Basin

Ruin value (German: Ruinenwert) is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all. The idea was pioneered by Albert Speer while planning for the 1936 Summer Olympics and published as « The Theory of Ruin Value » (Die Ruinenwerttheorie). The intention did not stretch only to the eventual collapse of the buildings, but rather assumed such buildings were inherently better designed and more imposing during their period of use.

Photo : Teufelsberg, 1972.
Dr. Karl-Heinz Hochhaus