The Soviet Era of the Indonesian Air Force

  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

The PZL M-15 Belphegor – Straight from the Pages of Herbert’s Dune!

On the far side of the outdoor air park at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow you will find a very unusual oddity in aviation history. There you will see a bizarre looking jet powered twin boom biplane that could well have been inspired by Frank Herbert’s tales of Dune! What is it? This large… Read More The PZL M-15 Belphegor – Straight from the Pages of Herbert’s Dune!

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

A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part III: From the Harrier II to the Yak-141

In my previous blogs I discussed the early experimental, prototype and operational V/STOL combat jet aircraft that were developed in the late 1950’s through to the late 1970’s. By the 1980’s significant improvements had been made in performance, handling and the weapons load capability of new V/STOL combat jets. The following is a brief history on these second generation V/STOL… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part III: From the Harrier II to the Yak-141

A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part II: Enter the Harrier and the Soviet Forger

Vertical/Short Take Off Vertical Landing (V/STOL) combat jet aircraft began to enter service to operate from normal bases, damaged airfields, rugged forward field deployments close to combat zones and from air-capable ships such as aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers. The United Kingdom, France, West Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States dabbled with V/STOL aircraft designs but ultimately only the… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part II: Enter the Harrier and the Soviet Forger