I do believe "Tractor with a jet engine" perfectly describes Admiral Kuznetsov it self. A) Dunk-Master used "itself", which doesn't exactly imply a gender B) we thought Russians used pronouns that are male ...
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- I think "Tractor with a jet engine" perfectly describes Admiral Kuznetsov itself.
- A) Dunk-Master used "itself", which doesn't exactly imply a gender B) I thought Russians used male pronouns for their ships, anyway?
- You're right about both of these. All ships in Russian use masculine pronouns because the Russian word for ship is "???????," which has a masculine grammatical gender.
- *Himself -- Russian ships are referred to in the masculine per their naval tradition.
- They really use it push the ship along after the engines break down. Park it at the stern, chock the wheels, and throttle her up. Doubles as a bow thruster too.
- during my A school, instructor was talking about how they would chain down hornets to do high power turns. but raised his hand and asked "does that may the ship go faster?"
- At first I thought it was the FOD Monster. Now I can see its burning off ice & snow.
- Looks like the Russians lag in the development of non-skid. That deck looks like it would be slick as snot.
- The deck has enough grip to prevent some slipping but they don't apply non-skid to their ships as, given the incredibly harsh weather they usually operate in, it would make ice harder to remove from the deck. Non-skid isn't particularly useful if it is covered in a thick layer of ice... https://i.imgur.com/fvfoHnGg.jpg
- i actually clicked on that
- Yeah me too.... Walking the walk of humiliation now... Good night...
- I would honestly love to see that thing be fired while it had that much ice on it... Just to see the ice violently shatter off
- Russian ship have not need for capitalist non-skid. Russian sailor are being familiar with walk on ice.
- I thinking more of patriotic Russian aircraft slide like hockey puck.
- Nifty. It makes me wonder... Did they get the idea from NASCAR jet driers? Did NASCAR copy the Russkies? Or is it just convergent evolution?
- There was an article some time back about a similar contraption used to clear railways, they may have been inspired by it. Likely it's intended for ice and snow just as these were. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a19051/jet-engine-snow-blowers-demolish-snow/ Edit: From the article it may be that the idea was independently arrived at both in the US and Russia at nearly the same time. It's not clearly stated but seems plausible. Read more comments