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Episode 1: the Trench of Death in Dixmude - on Youtube
If ever there was one object symbolizing the corona virus pandemic currently afflicting the world, then the mask certainly is it, as that became essential in the battle against covid-19. However, the use of a mask as a barrier against inhalation of toxic substances is not new. An overview.
Masks on stage
Masks have held an important place in the evolution of our civilisation since Antiquity. They initially had funerary functions. In the Egyptian necropolises and the graves of Mycenae a simple gold leaf was used to sculpt the faces of the dead and keep their features intact. The mask was later made out of ligh...
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By the end of the 1930s the Radioplane Company in the US started producing drones for anti-aircraft artillery training. Some 9,400 Radioplane OQ-3 (the model in the picture below) were produced during the Second World War. From 1946 onward the company released the more evolved OQ-19 model, which is on display in the Museum’s Aviation Hall. This catapulted model is equipped with a 72 hp engine able to reach 370 km/h and with a 90-minute autonomy.
The 18-year old posing with the drone i...