In October 2007 I was travelling in China and I just had to make a visit to the The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing. The museum displays a great collection on the history of the communist guerilla fight under Mao Zedong (December 26th, 1893 – September 9th, 1976) to take over control of China from the… Read More The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution
Soviet air power was characterised by powerful, fast, rugged, heavily armed combat aircraft but technologically and maneuverability wise they were generally regarded as inferior to western designs. Then in the 1980’s two true “Beasts from the East” appeared and changed this opinion all together in the form of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum and Sukhoi Su-27… Read More Central Museum of the Armed Forces – Moscow
July 26th, 2014 was the date for the first ever Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair. This was a spectacular aviation event run by the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The Skyfair was by no means a big air show but the aircraft on display were some of the most unique in the world, including the worlds only flying Ilyushin Il-2M3 Sturmovik.… Read More Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014
2 years ago I wrote a blog titled Intercepting the Bear, that has gone on to be one of my most popular. In it I detailed how the Soviet Union and later Russia sent aircraft to probe and spy on the air defences of NATO nations and the US Pacific naval fleet. The main aircraft used on many… Read More Return of the Bear!
Back in February 2012 I visited the Flying Heritage Collection to see their Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik (click on the link to read about that day and the history of this particular aircraft) that had just arrived from Russia to be put back together in preparation for its first flight in the United States. This flight was meant to… Read More Flight of the Il-2 Sturmovik
On May 22nd, 2012 I visited the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces in Brussels, Belgium. They have quite an amazing collection there of all things related to military history, but the highlight is definitely the massive aviation hall. Some areas of the aviation hall are a bit decrepit and in fact are currently blocked off for… Read More Belgiums Royal Museum of the Armed Forces
Growing up in Australia during the 1970’s and 80’s I was always intrigued in hearing about the “Red Menace” of Communism. I was a kid and a teenager during the Cold War but felt far removed from any threat living in the southern part of Australia. The Vietnam War was long over, Europe was far away… Read More Intercepting the Bear