When I think of Soviet Cold War era helicopters, the Mil Mi-24 Hind assault helicopter gunship first springs to mind. Brutish and sinister, bristling with weaponry from the flexible 12.7 mm Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B Gatling gun (or 23mm/30mm fixed cannons on some models) to underwing rockets, bombs, gun pods and anti-tank missiles, it can pack a… Read More Mil Mi-24 Hind – Soviet Era Beast From The East!
By 1945 a number of German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (“Swallow“) jet fighters were located in Czechoslovakia. During the German occupation period Me 262 airframe components were produced by Avia and other Czechoslovakian factories produced jet engine parts and even final assembly of the jet fighter. As a result blueprints, technical manuals, production facilities,… Read More The Survivors: Czechoslovakia’s Avia S-92 Turbina (Me 262)
What does a nation do to rebuild an air force following German annexation, war and Soviet occupation in just a few short years (1938-1945)? Well in Czechoslovakia’s case, by 1945 they had aircraft production facilities, numerous German Luftwaffe aircraft and technical plans laying about, such as Messerschmitt Bf 109G/K fighters and immediately after the end… Read More The Survivors: Czechoslovakia’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 Hybrids
The Prague Aviation Museum at Kbely in the Czech Republic has plenty of Cold War era Soviet designed Mikoyan Gurevich jet fighters. One that really stood out when I was there in September 2017, was a Czech Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MF Flogger B (s/n 3646) variable geometry wing fighter that sports the almost cartoonish… Read More Czech Hell Fighter!
The meanest looking Mil Mi-35/24V Hind assault helicopter gunship I have ever seen goes to this Czech Air Force example known as “Alien Tiger” at NATO Days in Ostrava 2017. As you can see, the weather last weekend in the Czech Republic was terrible! There was plenty of Hind action in the air too over… Read More NATO Days in Ostrava 2017 – Czech Air Force “Alien Tiger” Hind Gunship