Cold war [1946-1989]
Training sharp rocket fire of Czechoslovak and Czech fighters in the USSR, GDR and Poland 1960-2002.
If the key to the survival of the U-2 was access, which was beyond the capabilities of its generation fighters, another aircraft from "Skunk Works" was to have, in addition to fantastic access, a speed that designers had never dreamed of until then. In addition to increasing speed, the designers in the construction of the new aircraft for the first time ever purposefully focused on reducing the effective RCS. This miracle technique was called the A-12 Blackbird.
Probably a little-known fact from the history of our post-war air force is the fact that between 1945 and 1989 our pilots claimed not only several victories of various types of aircraft during service at the State Air Defense, but also in several cases became a real target of live fire of foreign aircraft.
All these events are all the more spicy because an Allied aircraft from the Warsaw Pact had always hit our aircraft and not an "imperialist" adversary on the other side of the Iron Curtain, as might be expected. In the following text, we will be convinced that this was mostly due to either a mistake by the ground-controlled interception station, a pilot error, or the interplay of both of these factors and other related circumstances together.
The AH-64A embodied the knowledge bought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars by the blood of the pilots of the first armed and combat helicopters. For a long time, he became the standard of a combat helicopter, which was able to decimate the enemy's tank columns. But technology from the early 70's has some limitations. Therefore, it was necessary to develop the AH-64D Longbow Apache, which significantly expanded the capabilities of the original helicopter.
How the Lockheed U-2 spy plane was shot down in May 1960.
The British radio astronomer Bernard Lovell is said the Soviets tried to fatally irradiate. Based on intelligence, they had been waiting since February 1954 for Moscow to complete the development of an intercontinental missile in the second half of the 1950s. On August 18, 1957, a few days before the TASS announced the successful test of the first long-range missile, President Eisenhower, the CIA warned that the Russians were indeed preparing this weapon ...
It was the largest aircraft to ever carry an American star, and in the summer of 1949, Peacemaker was at war - in Washington.
When you visit the VVS museum in Monino, you will definitely not miss the wreck of the machine, which does not resemble any known aircraft or even approximately. It stands on a tandem chassis, while it has massive floats and an incredibly thick centerplane. In the grass are wings with such a small depth of profile that they look as if they did not even belong to the aircraft, and a short sideways of an empty engine nacelle. The civil matriculation CCCP-10687 is also interesting. It is a seaplane wreck with a vertical takeoff and landing Bartini VVA-14
The first Soviet jet flying boat. Because the Soviet Union did not have aircraft carriers and did not own long-range bombers, some tasks had to be performed by flying boats. Their tasks were to include attacking enemy naval alliances, but the road to such an aircraft was long and the concept became obsolete before it went into production.
History of the Czech air base.
Continuation of the history of the Czech air base and the fate of the 28th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment in 1974-1983.
The third continuation of the history of the military airport in Čáslav is focused on the last period of service of the 28th figter-bomber aviation regiment in the period from 1984 to 1994 and finally it will also get to a short performance of LZO - Aviation Testing Department.
Further continuation of the fate of the military airport in Čáslav. This time focused on the years 1995 - 1997, when the 4th Air Force Base operated here, the only one of its kind in the Czech Republic.
The final part will take us to the years 1997 - 2004 and we will look at what is happening at 4./21. tactical air base in Caslav.
Cold War day after day ...
The most important data of the nuclear age.
This article was written according to the story of Maj. John P. Noonan, USAF (Ret).