Top 1000 Machine Pictures

Restored Bombe code breaking machine at Bletchley Park

That said, the computer museum is NOT part of the Bletchley Park experience or whatever it’s called. It is independent and hugely underfunded, solely relyin on volunteers to keep it running… Kind of. They can usually show the Colossus machine (which they built themselves

A very large destroyed Hydroelectric turbine

[“…I was standing upstairs when I heard some sort of growing noise, then I saw the corrugated turbine cover rise and stand on end. Then I saw the rotor rising from underneath it. It was spinning. I could not believe my eyes. It rose

Automatic transmission Valve body

People also need to keep in mind that there are machines that bridge the gap between manual and CNC. For instance, there are tracer machines that would mechanically follow a 1:1 pattern of the design you want milled. So you could have your very

Gyroscope from NASA’s Gravity Probe B

From the wiki section on [London Moment Gyroscopes]( >A London moment gyroscope relies on the quantum-mechanical phenomenon, whereby a spinning superconductor generates a magnetic field whose axis lines up exactly with the spin axis of the gyroscopic rotor. A magnetometer determines the orientation of

Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan

Normally the sequence for a jet engine is compress air, inject fuel, ignite fuel, then pull some energy out of the expanding mixture (with turbines) and throwing the rest out the back as thrust. An afterburner throws more fuel into the exhaust after it

An F-22 Raptor pulling so many Gs, the low pressure air over the fuselage gets cold enough for the water to condense. The angle is just right for sunlight to make rainbow colors around the airplane

I was starting to get tired of jet after jet pic but this one puts them all to shame. Amazing. Check out [this other amazing pic]( from the same photographer. (found in the comments of NSFW_Full_Stop’s link).

Cleaning a C-130 Hercules

First time washing my car after moving into an area with freezing temps, I went to an indoor touchless car wash. Does a good job getting the salt off without grinding it into my paint, right? I then proceeded to start applying a coat

Boeing wing stress testing

Back in the 80’s when I was a Boeing Vendor they had an old fusalage sitting outside the plant in Everett. It was, I think, the 757 and the fusalage was all crushed and collapsed because when they did the wing stress test, they

Ekranoplan EK-12P Ivolga

I think [some designs]( seem under-powered because they hide the “lift” engines in the nose to get a cleaner silhouette once under way. Once the pictured plane is underway only the turboprop(yet another application of the [NK-12]( is in use and the small engines

Voith Schneider Propeller

I wrote this a while ago but it’s relevant here. maybe four years ago or so in college I joined a club where we were building a human powered submarine. We wanted a nonstandard propeller design and so we came across the Voith Schneider

SR-71 Cutaway View

There were a lot of things we couldn’t do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly


>Can anyone explain what I’m looking at?| Sort of. Looks like a series of rollers sitting outside their millstands. There’s probably another set in the machine centers. See the rails where they push the rollers into and out of line? What they do is