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What on Earth was the « Bubimat »???

Stargazer2006

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While browsing through Russian aviation magazine AeroPlan #15, I came across a most intriguing contraption made up of the front end and jet engine of an F-86 Sabre fighter and a sort of strange exhaust pipe on wheels that make the whole thing look like a vacuum cleaner for airport strips!! As I speak neither Russian nor any of the other Slavonic languages that the machine was mentioned in, and in the absence of any other source of information, I hope someone on this forum can help me understand, not only what the whole thing was about: when it was done, by whom and for what purpose... and also why it seems that the name of Erich Herman, a famous pilot from the Luftwaffe, seems to be associated with it...
 

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Re: What on Earth was the « Bubbimat »???

Sure beats the hell out of a NASCAR track dryer.
 

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Re: What on Earth was the « Bubbimat »???

I don't know, if SOC is right, although I think so, but I want to add two points:
- The correct spelling certainly is "Bubimat", I took the liberty to correct the title.
- Erich Hartmann survived the war and served in the "new" Luftwaffe again,
until 1970. His nickname was "Bubi" Hartmann, so I think, this thing somehow was
based on his ideas, as he was flying the Sabre himself.

Edit: The scan clearly shows "Bubimat, too. ;)
 

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Another jet powered de-icer (source http://englishrussia.com/2011/02/14/wackiest-russian-vehicles/)
 

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