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Machines build for moderate destruction against the natural at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

While there are large organizations working on improving the design of vessels that float to make them bigger and faster, there are those who spend just as much effort time and money to build devices that will make them sink.
A little more than a century ago, a few years after two bicycle mechanics assembled a contraption that could stay in the air with the aid of an engine, there was someone among the spectators who looked up at these magnificent flying machines and thought: “If you improve them they can be used for carrying and dropping bombs” Nobody tried to stop him and the rest is history.

Top 10 in Boats of the Armed Forces challenge of the A Love of Boats group, 08/05/12

Featured in Around The World , 12/05/10

Digital photography is doing for photography what the piano did for keyboard music. You can still play music composed for the harpsichord on the piano but not the other way around.

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  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...over 4 years ago

    The comment “machines built for moderate destruction” put a big smile on my face.

    The US fleet used to often visit my home town in Western Australia. Personally I am not a big fan of their visiting,

    One of my thoughts is there must be a better use of money than this.

    .

  • Thanks Andrew. I added a longer description.

    – awefaul

  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...over 4 years ago

    I think world military spending is about 1.3 to 1.5 trillion dollars a year. Imagine if that money was spent on something useful.

    Or even non destructive would be better lol

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

  • You mean my picture will be seen all around the world? Cool!

    – awefaul

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 4 years ago

    well deserved feature, congratulations – and love the ‘story’ with it! so true! so pointless!

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

    Haha awefaul….yes it will be :)

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffover 4 years ago

    faul… lol, just read your ‘Around the World’ comment! lol
    A striking image and sadly, a reflection of the world we live in. Makes me question why the people in charge of things, are in charge.. why can’t we have Dalai Lama’s running the world?

  • What I like most is to take pictures that make people smile but every now and then I post something about the dark and so sad side of humanity. Thanks for the comment.

    – awefaul

  • See terezadelpilar’s comment below…

    – awefaul

  • Janone
    Janoneover 3 years ago

    Excellent “Detail”. Very well done.
    Jan

  • Thank you Jan. I took this years ago and couldn’t remember the picture that went with the caption. Thank you for reminding me.

    – awefaul

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 3 years ago

    a scary world, killing machines….will we ever have peace on this planet?
    Great shot.

  • This is the only one of a series I took that day, but I would rather focus on the amusing and funny part of people. Perhaps just like anybody else who think that if you ignore it they will go away.

    – awefaul

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 3 years ago

    I love Tatum comment:)

  • The government recently refused a visa for the Dalai Lama when he was invited to Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu’s eightieth birthday…

    – awefaul

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Fantastic cloud formation to make a perfect background for the strength of the towers

  • Lucky for me that the cloud formation, exceptional in this part of the world, and the navy ship, even more unusual, to be at the waterfront together.

    – awefaul

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