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  1. Looking at the state of that BTR-80, it looks like it has already seen action crossing the Sukhumvit Road!!!
  2. Cheers Ted. It is a wonderful place to visit. Just wish we could have gone inside and up to the top of the Motherland monument, but as like most government museums in Kiev, they are closed on Monday and Tuesdays!! (I was here on Tuesday).
  3. Yeah, looks like. It is actually a Lisunov Li-2, a Russian built (under licence) version of a Dakota.
  4. You know where to look to see them.
  5. Hahahaha if only.
  6. I like to get around.
  7. Duga-3, or as it is known in other circles as "Chernobyl 2" is a Soviet Over the Horizon radar system. This station is still located within the 10KM exclusion zone around the Chernobyl NPP area. Standing at 150 meters tall and with a length of 800 meters, you would think this is visible from miles around, but its not!! Was originally listed on maps as a children's summer camp site,many people never knew it was here, until after the reactor explosion. This site is still well guarded for some reason. Don't know why, as they isn't anything there at all. The Russians did a very good job at taking all the important parts with them when they withdraw from here, and its only the newly formed (at the time) Ukrainian Government that stopped them from pulling it down and destroying it, and that's only due to the amount of Radiation that would of been disturbed and pushed back into the stratosphere and spread around that part of the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duga_radar Duga (Russian: Дуга) was a Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system used as part of the Soviet ABM early-warning network. The system operated from July 1976 to December 1989. Two operational Duga radars were deployed, one near Chernobyl and Chernihiv in what was then called the Ukrainian SSR (present-day Ukraine), the other in eastern Siberia. The Duga systems were extremely powerful, over 10 MW in some cases, and broadcast in the shortwave radio bands. They appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise at 10 Hz,[1] which led to it being nicknamed by shortwave listeners the Russian Woodpecker. The random frequency hops disrupted legitimate broadcasts, amateur radio operations, oceanic commercial aviation communications, utility transmissions, and resulted in thousands of complaints by many countries worldwide. The signal became such a nuisance that some receivers such as amateur radios and televisions actually began including 'Woodpecker Blankers' in their circuit designs in an effort to filter out the interference. The fearful killer attack guard dog!!...............................
  8. Cheers Ted. Hoping (fingers crossed) to be in Thailand or Vietnam either sometime in June/July/August but not quiet sure yet. Depends on a lot of other factors right now.
  9. You just need to stand within 6 feet of me, i'm generating my own power right now!