Some of the Mil Mi-24 Hind assault gunships at the Ukraine State Aviation Museum in Kiev have had a bit of a make-over. Who would have thought these mean looking, Cold War era death dealers could become a stunning work of art?! The painted examples are Mi-24P Hind F (620+ produced 1981 – 1989) and… Read More Aviation Art With Cold War Muscle!
A fantastic looking Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G variable geometry sweep wing two seat combat trainer, sporting a mean looking NATO Tiger Meet exercise livery at Radom Air Show 2017. I made the journey there to see the last operational Fitters in Europe and was not disappointed with this great air show! In… Read More Polish Tiger
On the far side of the outdoor air park at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow you will find a very unusual oddity in aviation history. There you will see a bizarre looking jet powered twin boom biplane that could well have been inspired by Frank Herbert’s tales of Dune! What is it? This large… Read More The PZL M-15 Belphegor – Straight from the Pages of Herbert’s Dune!
A Cold War legend – USAF General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark “The Chief” (says it all really) at The American Air Museum, IWM Duxford during my visit in the summer of 2012. Swing wing, supersonic (Mach 2.5!), massive payload and with terrain following radar, what a beast! The F-111E strike bomber variant entered USAF service from… Read More IWM Duxford – Cold War Legend: F-111E Aardvark “The Chief”
Soviet Buran Program The Buran shuttle program (also known as the VKK Space Orbiter program – Buran or “Буран” in Russian means “Snowstorm“) was the biggest and most expensive undertaking ever in Soviet space exploration. The program began in 1974 in response to the NASA Space Shuttle program (apparently initially due to the suspicion it… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet Buran OK-GLI Aerodynamic Test Shuttle
In addition to the aircraft flown by East Germany, the Technik Museum Speyer also has plenty of other Cold War era Soviet and Warsaw Pact aircraft in its halls and airpark. It’s pretty cool to enter the belly of a Beast from the East as you walk inside a huge 1960’s era Antonov An-22 Cock strategic… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet & Warsaw Pact Tech
To complement the aircraft formerly operated by West Germany during the Cold War, the Technik Museum Speyer also has a number of aircraft operated by the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR) – East Germany. Some of the former GDR aircraft were integrated into the new German Luftwaffe following the German unification of 1990 and others were… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – East German Tech