Posts Tagged ‘United Kingdom’

The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover

An amazing salute to a rapidly disappearing group of living military veterans occurred on Friday May 8, 2015, when the world witnessed the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover (henceforth known here as the “Flyover”).  As part of a ceremony that commemorated the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), the Flyover contained examples […]

MASDC, AMARC, AMARG; Some Snapshots in Time, Bombers Part 1

During the early 1990s, mainly after the first Gulf War, the B-52D “Big Belly” and B-52G fleets were retired. The START 1 treaty was signed in 1991, and over 360 B-52 bombers ultimately took up residence at Davis-Monthan AFB, awaiting their demise with the scrappers. Most were earlier B-52C, -D, -E and -F versions that […]

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 […]