"Rusty Bits"

“Rusty Bits”; small stories, impressions and whatever may come to my mind…

The Reivers

The Reivers in the series War Stories from Garth Ennis and Cam Kennedy tells the story of an SAS patrol in the desert campaign of WWII. It is definitvely not a historically correct story but it has a new approach, away from the standard known until present. It was first published in 2003 but only recently I became aware of it – it is well worth buying.

14.12.2013 13:44 | Kuno Gross

Antonov An-225 Mriya

On 24 September 2013, the Antonov An-225 came to Zuerich (ZRH) for the very first time. It is quite easy to see the biggest aircraft of the world from the visotors terrasse but I was very lucky today: I could obtain a badge which allowed me to join a group of special guests and to see the aircraft from very close distance, even from the inside. Here some photos:


Role Strategic airlifter
National origin Soviet Union / Ukraine
Manufacturer Antonov
First flight 21 December 1988
Status In service
Primary user Antonov Airlines
Produced 1988
Number built 1
Developed from Antonov An-124


Crew: 6
Length: 84 m (275 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 88.4 m (290 ft 0 in)
Height: 18.1 m (59 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 905 m2 (9,740 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 8.6
Empty weight: 285,000 kg (628,317 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 640,000 kg (1,410,958 lb)
Fuel capacity: 300000 kg
Cargo hold – volume 1,300m3, length 43.35m, width 6.4m, height 4.4m
Powerplant: 6 × ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) thrust each


Maximum speed: 850 km/h (528 mph; 459 kn)
Cruising speed: 800 km/h (497 mph; 432 kn)
Range: 15,400 km (9,569 mi; 8,315 nmi) with maximum fuel; range with maximum payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)
Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,089 ft)
Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m² (135.8 lb/sq ft)
Thrust/weight: 0.234

24.09.2013 22:29 | Kuno Gross

Antonov An-2

I would not dare to say that the Antonov An-2 is a beautiful aircraft. But it has something… in September 2013, eight of them were assembled at the Oldtimer Fly In Hahnweide in Germany. Here some photographs:

21.09.2013 18:03 | Kuno Gross

Land Rover 1981

I have recently obtained an old Land Rover brochure. Printed in french language for the Swiss importer STREAG in 1981. 32 years have passed since and the world has changed a lot – also for 4×4 vehicles…

Most interesting is the price list:

  • For the Range Rover it was possible to get the version of Monteverdi as well – although to a considerably higher price than the original.
  • For the Land Rover 109 one could purchase the “Montagesatz F-2E” at the cost of CHF 1'000.- and then get a “Bundessubvention” of CHF 4'500.-…

24.08.2013 14:10 | Kuno Gross