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Winter Beaters Don’t Get Better Than the Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge, Russia’s Aircraft-Powered Snow Machine

Winter Beaters Don’t Get Better Than the Tupolev A-3 Aerosledge, Russia’s Aircraft-Powered Snow Machine

Early models had just 100 horsepower courtesy of a five-cylinder radial engine, however, most later models had 260-hp nine-cylinder radial engines sourced from light aircraft. To ensure the boat didn’t flip over or push itself off of the ground with this much power, the engine was pointed downwards at a few degrees so it was always pushing the craft into the earth. 

Control for the A-3 was handled by two rudders on the back of the craft that both directed the air from the propeller and extended to the ground to provide mechanical steering. These rudders were controlled by a steering wheel inside the cabin. In addition to turning left or right, the rudders could also both point outwards when the wheel was pulled towards the driver, allowing for aerodynamic braking. To ensure the aerosledge wouldn’t slip from left to right over ice, three stainless steel runners protruded from the hull to provide lateral grip.

Over snow, the A-3 could carry as much as 1,400 pounds, and allegedly travel as fast as 74 miles per hour. Over water, the payload was a lesser 660 lbs, and the craft was limited to a speed of 40 mph—but that’s still good by boat standards. At 13-feet long and 7-feet wide, there was room for a driver and four passengers. But even carrying all of those people, the craft allegedly has a draft of just two inches in the water. This is in part thanks to the hull providing a small amount of lift when traveling at higher speeds. That being said, this is not an Ekranoplan. It cannot remain aloft, even inside the ground effect.

Production of these machines lasted until the early 1980s, and they found various uses in the frozen parts of Russia, and other eastern European countries such as

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Trevor Bauer? JT Realmuto? Francisco Lindor? Yankees Will Need To Be Creative This Winter After Their Latest Failure In October

Trevor Bauer? JT Realmuto? Francisco Lindor? Yankees Will Need To Be Creative This Winter After Their Latest Failure In October

Now what?

The Yankees fell short for the 11th straight season on Friday night.

And while the Rays and Astros will vie for AL supremacy, the Bombers are left to pick up the pieces as the offseason begins.

They’ve been able to field an annual contender replete with skill and talent, but haven’t been able to get over the hump in the past four Octobers.

Here’s a breakdown of what is to come from Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office:

Gary Sanchez’s Future/Catching Situation: The biggest story of the postseason was Sanchez losing his starting catching job to reserve Kyle Higashioka. He’s always been a liability on defense, but Sanchez got sent to the bench because of his inability to hit. The Yankees could finally look to cut ties with a player they’ve defended for years. If so, JT Realmuto – who looks headed out of Philadelphia with the team looking to re-route its money into starting pitching — is the obvious prize on the market, but James McCann could also make sense as a cheaper option to platoon with Higashioka. The Rays just beat the Yankees with the lesser-known platoon of Mike Zunino and Michael Perez, so it is possible.

Trevor Bauer Market/Starting Pitching Depth: Gerrit Cole proved his worth as a $324 million ace, getting his Yankee legacy off on the right foot with a gutsy effort in Game 5. But behind Cole, there are

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As winter weather approaches, restaurants get creative with outdoor dining

As winter weather approaches, restaurants get creative with outdoor dining

For many restaurants across the nation, outdoor dining has served as a crucial pivot to recapture business lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced cities to shut down indoor dining to prevent the virus’ spread.

As winter approaches and temperatures drop, restaurants in locations with colder weather are starting to rethink how to keep outdoor dining open.

Research from the National Restaurant Association found 1 in 6 restaurants closed permanently or long term due to the pandemic. And as more states report rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, there’s a fear more restaurants will shut down. Continue reading.

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