Posts Tagged ‘Soviet Union’

National Championship Air Races 2013

The period beginning in the early 1930’s and culminating in the late 1940’s saw the most dramatic advancement of the aircraft in history. At the hands of designers and engineers such as Dutch Kindelberger, Lee Atwood, Don Berlin, Howard Hughes, Kelly Johnson and Willie Messerschmitt, aircraft matured from wire and strut braced designs to streamlined […]

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 […]

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 […]