Tour de France 2005 route map
Stage 18 - Thursday, July 21: Albi - Mende, 189 km
After the Pyrenees stages, the Tour goes over even another mountains - Massif Central in the middle of France. And this stage is for long escaper... in 1995, Laurent Jalabert won Stage12, after a long escape and climb over Côte de la Croix Neuve, finished in Mende - it was a memorable Bastill...
The Borovnica viaduct, sadly no longer standing, was built in 1856 on the Südbahn or Southern Railway, the first railway line linking Vienna to Trieste. It was one of the most imposing bridges ever built in Slovenia and in its day one of the most imposing bridge structures the world had ever seen. The only bridge larger than the Borovnica viaduct was the Göltzschtal viaduct at near Plauen in Ge...
Key numbers for the records :
- Length: 2,460 m
- Width: 32 m
- Maximum height: 343 m, i.e. 20 m higher than the Eiffel Tower
- Slope: 3.015%, rising north-south in the direction Clermont-Ferrand – Béziers
- Curvature: 20 km
- Height of the tallest pier (P2): 245 m
- Height of the pylons: 87 m
Major Dooley celebrated his promotion by leading the first successful Group mission ever flown by this Group against a railroad viaduct. The target was at Antheor, France. A high overcast made it necessary to drop the bomb run to 18,000 feet. Using 1,000 pounders the bombardiers turned in a score of 49 percent in placing several hits directly on the viaduct. All plan...
73 Mosquitos to Berlin, 6 to Bremen, 4 to Erfurt and 3 on 'siren tours' of various German towns, 35 Lancasters to railway viaducts at Altenbeken and Bielefeld, 48 RCM sorties, 23 Mosquito patrols, 19 aircraft on Resistance operations. 1 Mosquito from the Erfurt raid crashed in Belgium.
Also there is the viaduct in a side view after the attack and the kind of bomb which destroyed it.
The target for this mission was a pinpoint target in the Alps Mountains. A railroad bridge and viaduct at Orelle, Italy. The Group maintained its poor record against bridges by missing the target because of the failure of the formation leaders to properly identify the target.
A local landmark, the Tunkhannock Viaduct or Nicholson Bridge has been a center of lore and legend since its completion. The legend of a person being buried in the Nicholson Bridge has been etched in the mind of locals for years. Another legend ...
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