Hill Aerospace Museum – Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Short Bier”

The Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah has an incredible collection of USAAF/USAF aircraft. One of the more amusing sights within the Hadley Gallery of the museum is the nose art for “Short Bier“, a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress bomber sporting the markings of the 493rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) of the… Read More Hill Aerospace Museum – Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Short Bier”

IWM Duxford – Cold War Legend: F-111E Aardvark “The Chief”

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”

Austrian Aviation Heritage: Aviatik (Berg) D.I – A Hidden Treasure from World War One!

Aviatik “Berg Scout“ When you think of military aircraft operated by the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One, aircraft manufacturers like Fokker, Albatros and Gotha generally spring to mind. The German Aviatik aircraft company is probably lesser known to most and the aircraft produced by the Austro-Hungarian branch of Aviatek probably even… Read More Austrian Aviation Heritage: Aviatik (Berg) D.I – A Hidden Treasure from World War One!

Austrian Aviation Heritage: Etrich-II Taube – On the Wings of a Dove

It may be a small aviation collection at the Technical Museum Vienna (Technisches Museum Wien) but it includes pre-war and World War One aircraft that are highly significant to Austrian aviation history. The most important in the collection is a 1910 Etrich-II Taube (Dove) aircraft, that with its unique bird wing style design takes centre stage… Read More Austrian Aviation Heritage: Etrich-II Taube – On the Wings of a Dove

Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet Buran OK-GLI Aerodynamic Test Shuttle

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