12 Unusual Abandoned Technology and Vehicles



great inventions can change the world and become essential parts of the way we live our lives not every invention is a success though sometimes they just don't work out as planned in other cases the world just wasn't ready for them yet when unusual vehicles or technological developments turn out not to be required they become abandoned then turn into strange forgotten curiosities this video is packed full of weird and wonderful creations you may occasionally hear maglev trains being proposed as transport solutions for modern cities what many people don't realize is that the Soviet Union made them a reality as long ago as the 1980's the wagon ta o-5 project was a magnetically cushioned train that hovered above the rails moving silently at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour a working model entered operation in 1986 and may have gone on to be a great success but we'll never know fate intervened in the shape of an earthquake in Armenia in 1988 preventing planned development work when the earthquake was cleared up the Soviet Union was in the process of collapsing and there was no more money to finish the project this is an idea that may one day be revisited modern military tanks mostly look the same but back in 1915 when such vehicles were new there were differing ideas about the best way to design them one which didn't make the grade was the Russian Tsar tank which looks like a cross between an armored vehicle and an old-fashioned penny-farthing bicycle it's a huge and impressive sight with two huge front wheels measuring 30 feet in diameter unfortunately the huge wheels turned out to be the Tsar tanks downfall they had a habit of getting stuck in the mud when they were tested in off-road conditions that would make them useless on a battlefield and so the tank was written off at the prototype stage the inventors were so embarrassed by the failure that they didn't even take it home with them leaving it in a field near Moscow until 1923 when it was taken apart for scrap half boat half car the roller ship looks like it belongs in a steampunk movie many such ship designs were proposed during the 19th century but only one was ever built the earnest Bazin named after its creator the idea behind the ship was a simple one a series of wheels raised the hull of the ship above the water reducing friction and maximizing speed Bazin was so confident that the ship was going to be a success that he claimed it would be the future of transatlantic travel he'd neglected to factor and one vital factor though the resistance of the water against the huge 33 foot wheels the water acted as a brake slowing the ship down instead of speeding it up more coal had to be added to the engine to push the wheels forward against the water and that made the roller ship less fuel efficient than the conventional liner Bazin was still working on a way around the problem when he passed away in 1897 and the idea for roller ships died with him here's another take on the idea of a magnetic levitating train this is a French version of the idea which came more than a decade before the wagon project in Russia Jean Barton's Aero train didn't float on magnets though it floated on an air cushion the Aero train service was expected to be cheaper and easier to run than a magnetic train in the long run but special tracks had to be built to test them and the construction of the first two prototype trains was costly there were signs of promise as trials were conducted between 1965 and 1977 in which speeds of up to 250 miles per hour were achieved consistently sadly the French government stopped funding the tests and decided to invest its new high-speed TGV train network instead the test tracks are still there today standing between Rouen and sign Soviet scientists were productive and inventive throughout the 1970s and 80s the lune class ekranoplan is another example of their ingenuity this unique take on the idea of a sea plane was proposed in 1975 with the only model ever built serving the Soviet and subsequently Russian Navy's between 1987 and the late 1990s to the untrained eye the loon looks like a regular plane but it isn't it used its huge wings to generate ground effect enabling it to fly as close to the water as 13 feet above it making it technologically different from not only regular planes but hovercraft sea planes and hydro foils eight turbofans powered the ekranoplan propelling it forward at speeds of more than 300 miles per hour now retired the loon is at a Naval Station near Kaspersky it's not clear why a replacement has never been built everybody knows about Americans space shuttle program but there was very nearly a workable Russian answer in the shape of the Buran class orbiter visually similar to a space shuttle it went into space only once launching in November 1988 and spending three hours in orbit before returning to its launch pad and landing as planned on a runway at the time it was the first space vehicle to fly in space and land automatically putting it ahead of American technology it was a perfect test but it never flew towards the stars again the dissolution of the Soviet Union meant that there was no money to carry on and the spaceship ended up consigned to a hangar in Kazakhstan to make matters worse a freak storm caused the roof of the hangar to collapse in 2002 destroying the Buran orbiter in the process if you've ever been to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida USA you may have met the to NASA crawler transporters nicknamed Hans and Franz the two have been working there for some time moving spacecraft like the Saturn 5 rocket into position to be launched into space in fact they've racked up 50 years of service and they're still going strong how is it that we can call them abandon technology then because nobody knows how to replace them after the Apollo program ended in 1975 the two transporters were mothballed and the engineers who worked on them moved on when NASA eventually decided they'd launch more shuttles and rockets Hans and Franz were brought out of retirement because nobody could work out how to build a new transporter the technology behind them has somehow been lost that's why they keep being refurbished and renovated they simply can't be replaced staying with the theme of space the Buran orbiter had a predecessor in the shape of the MIG 105 also known as the bast shoe because of the distinctive shape of its nose cone this was the first Soviet attempt to create a space plane capable of entering orbit entering development under the codename of a post in 1965 it took 11 years to get a prototype built and tested but the first trial was deemed a success in 1976 further tests continued over the next two years but the Soviet government was losing enthusiasm for the project their heads had been turned by the larger and more attractive blue Rann program and so they eventually made the decision to cancel a pose and go with the blue Rann instead unlike the Buran orbiter the prototype MIG 105 still exists and is on display to the public at the Russian Mannino Air Force Museum who needs runways when you have a plane that can take off and land vertically that was the thinking behind the american lockheed xf g and the convair x FY Pogo experimental aircraft programs two simultaneous attempts to create a plane capable of vertical takeoff and landing the idea was that one of the options would prove to be better than the other and the winner would be adopted into wide military usage unfortunately neither project could be called a winner the lockheed was slow compared to other fighter planes when it took to the air for the first time in 1954 and only highly advanced pilots could fly it making it unsuitable for general military use the project was cancelled in 1955 the convair Pogo didn't have any better luck it was also too slow and a design flaw meant the pilot had to look backward over their shoulder in order to land the plane both prototype planes are now museum exhibits ever looked at a tank and thought that's cool but it would be cooler if it could fly if so you'd have loved the Antonov a40 flying tank other nations flew tanks to battlefields by loading them onto gliders and other planes but the Soviets decided to try cutting out the middleman and putting the wings on the tank instead the a40 was a glider built around the existing t60 light tank model a cradle was built around the tank containing wood and fabric wings and a tail allowing for the tank to land where it was needed collapse its wings and be combat-ready instantly all it needed was a larger plane to tow it and it could do the rest all of this sounded fantastic in principle but the planes of the time just weren't strong enough to tow a flying tank during the one test flight that was attempted the tb-3 plane towing the a40 had to ditch the tank to avoid being pulled down by it and crashing no solution to the weight issue could be found and the project was abandoned the Benny rail plane was a dynamic and unconventional idea which probably came years before its time the mode of transport proposed by eccentric British inventor George Benny involved a plane like device with a propeller traveling above conventional railways suspended by a second overhead rail the idea was that the existing rails on the tracks of England would be used to transport heavy goods and the new Benny rein plane would ride above them moving faster to transport people in mail Benny got as far as building a short prototype track near Glasgow in 1930 people were impressed and tentative orders were placed for two short lines between Glasgow and Edinburgh and Blackpool and Southport but Benny couldn't find the financial support needed to fulfill the orders he eventually went bankrupt in the attempt to make his dream a reality and the prototype was sold for scrap the Americans may have tried and failed to come up with a plane that could perform vertical takeoff and landing in the 1950s but that didn't stop the Soviet Union from trying for themselves in the 1970s this time with an attempt to create a plane that could take off from and land on water the vva 14 was envisaged not only as a high-altitude flying machine but also one capable of skimming over the water using ground effect and stopping on water if required to do so the basic flight test in 1972 was a success but fitting inflatable pontoons to help it land on water in 1974 proved to be problematic rigid pontoons were tried instead but further issues with the engines battery coupled with the passing of the project's chief designer Robert Barr teeny saw the VV a 14 experiment grind to a halt in 1975 though one existing model is now on display at Menino central Air Force Museum as a reminder of what could have been subscribe to the channel and turn on notifications and you will be the first to know when a new video comes out thank you for watching and see you soon

25 Comments

  1. Ted Brunst said:

    The Loon only performed well in dead calm seas. They used to call it the Caspian Sea Monster during testing. Rough conditions disrupts the surface effect making the ride rough and one of the prototypes crashed.

    May 23, 2019
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  2. Ferndalien said:

    I suspect that the MiG-105 space plane project was started in response to the USAF X-20 DYNA-SOAR project that was under development from 1957 until it was cut by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, who, for "efficiency," did more harm to the US military than Soviet spies could ever dream of doing. My father was an engineer at Boeing which was developing it, and he worked on it for a couple of years before it was cut. You can read more here:
    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-20_Dyna-Soar

    May 23, 2019
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  3. MegaProjectpat said:

    The technology isn't lost you dolt, it's just too expensive to make something better, in an Agency that keeps getting its funding cut… ffs…

    May 23, 2019
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  4. Sam Wallis said:

    https://amzn.to/2W1M8eJ – Spear & Jackson 11104ARCH-08 Archaeology Trowel with Wood, Blue, 4-Inch

    May 23, 2019
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  5. Johny Gunn said:

    Now, now, I don't have anything nice to say about the design of russian crafts, but this 08:08 is ridiculous!

    May 23, 2019
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  6. Joseph Stalin said:

    The A40 was scrapped due to it not being practical, as the TB3 or similar aircraft could airdrop light (or even some smaller medium) tanks anyway. The 2 NASA crawlers could be created today, even improving the design, but it would just be expensive. The Buran program was canned because it was deemed 'impractical and not cost effective', the same reason NASA halted the Space Shuttle program.

    May 23, 2019
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  7. Pierre Abrie said:

    The Russian should take more care of their museum pieces. They sure had some amazing and weird designs.

    May 23, 2019
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  8. Michael Irizarry said:

    our sapce shuttle was before the russian ones. they stole our design,like they stole everything else.

    May 23, 2019
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  9. captain chaos said:

    So not only has the ability to put a man on the moon somehow been lost but now nasa can't even build a heavy haulage platform! Did someone else build the crawlers? The computing power available to nasa in the sixties can be housed in a mobile phone, how is it now too difficult.

    May 23, 2019
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  10. SuBLawZ* said:

    Dope video

    May 23, 2019
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  11. SOKO™ said:

    🎶B-B-B-Benny&his train🎶
    🚅🚠🚠🚠🚠🚠🌬️

    May 23, 2019
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  12. Kennynva said:

    At 5:42 in the video..why is the word backwards???

    May 23, 2019
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  13. Schol-R-LEA ;2 said:

    Did you consider having the Dymaxion Car and Dymaxion House on this list? They definitely would have fit the category, I'd say.

    May 23, 2019
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  14. Ryan Ghezzi said:

    The thumbnail looks like its Gru’s car from Despicable Me

    May 23, 2019
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  15. William Volkmann said:

    yea // some museum looks like a scrap yard to me // ofcorse in russia all is scrap yard

    May 23, 2019
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  16. The Last said:

    No person owned the Russian tank. Under socialism/communism, no person owns any property. The individual is property of the state. The NASA crawlers are well built and it is far cheaper to refurbish them then to buy new ones. Get your facts straight

    May 23, 2019
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  17. a bsa said:

    Have you never heard of a Harrier or F35? Harriers have been around for quite some time…

    May 23, 2019
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  18. Larry Ballenger said:

    Far too communist leaning pinko!

    May 23, 2019
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  19. That One Guy 741 Turtles said:

    Tsar tank got stuck dingus

    May 23, 2019
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  20. Sean C said:

    So I'm somehow supposed to believe NASA "lost" the technology required to piece together huge vehicular tracks, the engines and mechanical needed to make them function, and a giant metal platform on top of it all? They were built in the 60's/70's and remained in fully active service until 2011. On top of that they're not some super niche ultra-specific pieces of equipment, they're extremely simplistic. Nothing was LOST, they are continually refurbished and updated for 2 extremely simple and logical reasons; 1- the current units are essentially in good working order, and are kept such via the odd updates or parts replacements, and 2- there are currently NO significantly superior designs or technology in existence that would allow a "new" unit to be sufficiently advanced so as to warrant the cost of building.

    May 23, 2019
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  21. Scott Meyer said:

    Why is there people on the back of the plane at 947

    May 23, 2019
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  22. Toni Marschall said:

    Die Buran ist nicht zerstört. Das Raumschiff steht im Technik Museum Speyer. In dem Video ist die Buran 1.01 gemeint. Und die erste Magnetschwebebahn wurde 1934 in Deutschland entwickelt.

    May 23, 2019
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  23. da nu said:

    thaynk u bruhthr 💗 varee interehstihng💗🌈

    May 23, 2019
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  24. WVG GAMING said:

    No money in russian it is rubles

    May 23, 2019
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  25. R Tily said:

    One the most powerful spacecraft's man ever created. Left to rust and be destroyed in a decaying barn!!! Smh

    May 23, 2019
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