1960’s Indonesia and the Eastern Bloc Sukarno was the post independence Presidential leader of Indonesia from 1945 to 1967. Indonesia declared independence from Japan in 1945, but it took armed resistance with the Netherlands, the pre-war colonial power, to gain official independence in 1949. In 1957 he began to instill an autocratic system of… Read More The Soviet Era of the Indonesian Air Force
Following independence in 1948, Burma which was renamed Myanmar by the military government in 1989, operated mostly British, European and American designed aircraft in its Air Force such as the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX and Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 fighters in the 1950’s and Lockheed AT-33A Shooting Star attack capable trainers in the 1960’s and 1970’s.… Read More Myanmar’s Chinese Combat Aircraft
Seeing active service Mikoyan Gurevich fighters in flight has always been on my aviation wishlist. The Radom Air Show 2017 in Poland has made a dream come true with plenty of MiG magic in the form of Polish Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum and Romanian Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 LanceR C jet fighters… Read More Radom Air Show 2017 – MiG Magic!
The great “MiG Alley” at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow… Read More Got MiG?
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
The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum located in Hillsboro, Oregon had a number of their Cold War warriors on static display at the Oregon International Air Show 2016. Apart from a former Taiwanese Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger II produced in the 1970’s the rest of the aircraft were ex-European air force jets from the 1950’s and 1960’s which made for… Read More Cold War Warriors: Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum
Out the back of the Belgrade Aeronautical Museum at the Nikola Tesla International Airport sits the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence aircraft “Boneyard” (the aircraft are owned by the museum now though). Here you can see many old airframes of both Soviet and Yugoslav origin set out in a large secured area. Although you can view the… Read More Serbian Air Force “Boneyard” at the Belgrade Aeronautical Museum
Post World War Two The communist Yugoslav Air Force (Jugoslavensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo – JRV) was officially formed on January 5th, 1945. The JRV originated from British and Soviet trained and equipped air units operating in support of the Josep Broz Tito led communist partisan liberation of Yugoslavia from Axis control during World War Two (April 6th, 1941 to May 15th,… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1953 to 1979 – The Jet Age I (US & Soviet Aircraft)
The East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee – LSK) operated as a well trained and well equipped division of the National People’s Army (NPA or Nationalen Volksarmee – NVA) from 1956 through to their final year of operation in 1990 when Germany was reunified (October 1990). Given the significance of their front line position within… Read More Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1970 to 1987 – The Modernization
East Germany which existed as a nation from October 1949 to October 1990 (known as the German Democratic Republic – GDR / Deutsche Demokratische Republik – DDR), was at the frontline of the Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations controlled by the Soviet Union. As such the East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen… Read More Combat Jets of the East German Air Force: 1956 to 1969 – The Early Days