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
Here are some highlights of my time checking out the Australian leg of the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix held at the Horsham Aerodrome in Victoria from January 22nd to the 28th, 2018. The event was hosted by the Horsham Flying Club with sunny, hot, blue skies for most of the days (unfortunately a couple of races… Read More FAI Sailplane Grand Prix – Australia 2018
One of the impressive aspects of the Technik Museum Speyer in Germany is the way they have positioned aircraft in the airpark atop plinths and the like. The Lufthansa Boeing 747-230 named “Schleswig-Holstein” is something else though – a) it’s a Jumbo Jet! b) the structure it sits atop is huge! c) what an experience… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Lufthansa 747 Soaring High!
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