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This is Not a Sensible Way to Hitch a Ride

By Jamie Condliffe on at

If you need to get somewhere inaccessible, a ride aboard a Sea Hawk helicopter is probably a good bet — but you’re probably better off getting inside. Just kidding: this is Naval Aircrewman Nicholas Farris, and he’s actually inspecting the tail rotor of the helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, rather than trying to hitch a ride. [US Navy]

Who Needs Light Sabers When Simple Old Flares Look This Good

By Attila Nagy on at

Eat your heart out, Star Wars. This long-exposure photo shows British Army soldiers being taught how to use the L12A2 para-flare during a training mission earlier this year. It’s quite something to look at. The handheld device shoots bright, rocket propelled flares high up into the sky in order to signal the position of troops in an emergency. Because of the tiny—but still potentially dangerous—rocket inside, the training is important.