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
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
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
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” jet trainer in USAF markings and a Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot fighter in North Korean markings during the Korean War demonstration at Aviation Nation 2014. This pairing made for a unique display of 1950’s jet powered designs from the United States and the Soviet Union. Another 1950’s jet powered bird… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: East Meets West
During the early years of World War Two in Europe, both Great Britain and Russia needed a vast amount of military equipment to combat Germany and other Allied nations needed help against Japan. These countries lost a lot of equipment in the early Axis onslaught and their need for replacements far surpassed their own production capability.… Read More Lend-Lease Memorial – Fairbanks, Alaska
2 years ago I wrote a blog titled Intercepting the Bear, that has gone on to be one of my most popular. In it I detailed how the Soviet Union and later Russia sent aircraft to probe and spy on the air defences of NATO nations and the US Pacific naval fleet. The main aircraft used on many… Read More Return of the Bear!
2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles on the key stages of the RAAF: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, The Cold War begins and the Korean War – 1945 to 1953, South East Asian… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: The Cold War Begins & Korea Erupts – 1945 to 1953