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

MiG Alley Foes

The Korean War (June 25th, 1950 – July 27th, 1953) fought between the Communist North (later with their ally China along with aid from the Soviet Union) and the South supported by UN forces started out as a war where piston engined fighters such as the North American P-51D Mustang and Yakovlev Yak-9 fought in the skies… Read More MiG Alley Foes

The tale of the Dragonlady and her Pontiac G8

Once upon a time there was a Dragonlady who could fly very, very high, but she found it incredibly difficult to land safely…… Luckily her trusty Pontiac G8 was there to help her come back down to earth safe and sound every time. The Lockheed U-2 “Dragonlady” is a long-range high altitude (above 70,000 feet), all-weather, single engined reconnaissance spy… Read More The tale of the Dragonlady and her Pontiac G8

Beasts from the East

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

Il-2 Sturmovik – The ultimate WW2 “Beast From The East” arrives in Washington

Originally posted on Deano In America:
ILYUSHIN IL-2 STURMOVIK “The IL-2 aircraft are necessary for our Red Army now, like air, like bread“ Joseph Stalin (he demanded prompt and efficient production from factory officials…or else!) IL-2 Sturmovik The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was known to the Soviet troops in WW2 as the “Flying Tank” and to the Germans as “Der Schwarze Tod” (“The Black…