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Looking Back at Some Air Tattoos – Part Two

The Air Tattoos on either side of the Millenium were attended by countries with very interesting aircraft.  The Soviet Union had dissolved, and many Warsaw Pact air forces were replacing their old designs with newer Western and Russian jets.  Most SU-22 and MiG-21, -23 and -29 fighters were in their last years of service.  NATO […]

Looking Back at Some Air Tattoos – Part One

Between 1997 and 2002, I attended six grand air shows in the United Kingdom.  The yearly celebration of military aviation known as the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT for short, brought together several hundred military aircraft in one place at one time.  As a matter of fact, Guinness World Records recognized the 2003 Tattoo […]

Some of Finland’s Aviation Treasures

I travelled to Finland twice during the late 1990s and spent some time exploring bits of the country’s aviation heritage.  Specifically, I visited two of the Nordic country’s larger air museums that displayed many airplanes that had been either recovered and restored, or retired and preserved.  Finland’s Air Force (in Finnish “Ilmavoimat”) has operated an […]

Warbirds at the Great State of Maine Air Show

This August 2012 air show featured more than a dozen warbirds from all over the country.  Many of these aircraft pulled double duty… acting as static displays as well as flying during the show.   The Commemorative Air Force’s  “Redtail Squadron” P-51C Mustang, and the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s quintet of World War II aircraft that […]