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!
A highlight of the Technik Museum Speyer is to be able to see their original Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 (Werk Nummer 19310) fighter in wartime livery and markings with its powerful Daimler-Benz DB 605A engine exposed too. It’s a beauty! According to the museum 1,242 Bf 109G-4 variants were produced and this is the only remaining… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 a JG 52 Eagle
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!
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
The Technik Museum Speyer in south-west Germany has a fantastic technology collection that includes aircraft, spacecraft, ships, submarines, cars and much more in both indoor and outdoor exhibits (it’s a big museum)! Part of the collection includes a number of NATO Cold War veteran aircraft, including those operated by what was then West Germany. Here… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – NATO Tech
Continuing on from my previous post of my 2015 visit to the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS – Defence Technology Study Collection) in the city of Koblenz, which has a focus on military technical aspects to be used as an aid in the training of members of the Bundeswehr (Federal Defence, the armed forces of Germany), the following post highlights the… Read More WTS – The German Defence Technology Study Collection – East German Tech
If you ever find yourself in the German city of Koblenz I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS – this literally translates to Defence Technology Study Collection). This is an armaments collection of the Bundeswehr (Federal Defence, the armed forces of Germany) with a focus on technical aspects to be used as an aid in… Read More WTS – The German Defence Technology Study Collection – NATO Tech
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
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October 18th, 2011 Today I had the privilege of visiting Legend Flyers at Paine Field, Everett. They are a group that has reproduced a number of Messerschmitt Me-262 Scwhalbe (“Swallow”) airframes (the original German aircraft was the first operational jet fighter of WW2). Me-262A WW2 The aircraft have been built to the exact production…