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

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: The Cold War Begins & Korea Erupts – 1945 to 1953

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