The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution

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

Central Museum of the Armed Forces – Moscow

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

Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014

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

Beasts from the East

Rugged, powerful and unique. I have always been fascinated by Soviet era military aircraft. These machines have flown in every major conflict since they first appeared over the vast Eastern Front of World War Two. There was the shock to the United Nations forces when silver MiG-15’s first screamed through the skies over Korea to the battles over the Middle… Read More Beasts from the East

Il-2 Sturmovik – The ultimate WW2 “Beast From The East” arrives in Washington

Originally posted on Deano In America:
ILYUSHIN IL-2 STURMOVIK “The IL-2 aircraft are necessary for our Red Army now, like air, like bread“ Joseph Stalin (he demanded prompt and efficient production from factory officials…or else!) IL-2 Sturmovik The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was known to the Soviet troops in WW2 as the “Flying Tank” and to the Germans as “Der Schwarze Tod” (“The Black…