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    The Russians really were aviation pioneers

    I like the way they design a lot of gear to handle their rough conditions.
  2. Tornado on Saturday in Turkey:
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    Tu-22 Crash Landing

    This video has emerged of a Tupolev Tu-22M3 that crash landed in the Murmansk region on January 22nd.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=o7CjoSZqh3c
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    Tu-22 Crash Landing

    Not sure what happened to the live video link. It worked for a while then stopped. Still on youtube though. It looks like the tail struck just before the main gear. It's one of the older, non upgraded ones - some airframe fatigue in the mix possibly. According to wiki, they are 58 tonnes empty weight, 112 loaded and it landed hard.
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    An-225 flight to Perth

    20 minute video by a German journalist embedded on the An-225 flight from Prague to Perth:
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    Svetlana Kapanini Aerobatics

    Phil, I'm not an aerobatic pilot or a female, but Svetlana Kapinina in the video has a five way seat restraint harness and what looks like a parachute harness under that. If they're tightened up correctly, that should do the job of any sport bra.
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    Su-57's to get hypersonic missiles

    It would be interesting to see how the size reduction affects the range. On the subject of Russian aircraft, not the Su-57, but some good footage of a Su-25 and Su-34 on a recent training exercise:
  8. It would be good to see no. 2 fly after gathering dust over all those years. Before their fall out in 2014, there were plans to build new An-124's as a joint Ukrainian/Russian venture with the plant to be located in Russia. That went by the wayside and now the Russians are looking into building them on their own. Problem is that the Antonov plant was moved from Russia to Ukraine in the 50's, and after the breakup of the Union, it became Ukrainian property along with all the documentation and patents. Ukraine is now saying that they will take legal action if necessary to stop Russia from building the 124. As the world economy grows, there would probably be enough work for two 225's.
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    New Iranian fighter

    News item on Iran's new Kowsar fighter. It looks very F-5 like, most likely the Saeqeh re-designed back to the original F-5 tail. I'd assume it has a lot of Russian and/or Chinese components and systems. The bang seats in the video appear to be a Russian K-36D variant. Just guessing for the engines that they would have a stock of GE J85 ECU's from their Northrup F-5's. PressTV-Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet
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    Throttle Jocky

    A bit like landing on a postage stamp.
  11. At first glance, they look very similar to a Qantas tail.
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    Photo thread for the heck of it

    Boats in Vietnam made from American aircraft drop tanks.
  13. Photos of some of the gear recently recovered from a WW2 crash site. The Ilyushin DB-3 was located in a swamp after 76 years in the mud.
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    DB-3 recovery

    Peter, that was the Zveno project. I guess at that stage it had a limited future with in flight re-fueling just round the corner. I think that one in your photo at the Monino Air Force Museum is the only survivor. Cheers, Willie.
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    DB-3 recovery

    The pilot's body was recovered as well, but no mention of the other crew members. It's been an ongoing dig for a couple of years.
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    Photo thread for the heck of it

    You beat me to it, Peter. I was going to ask where the photo was taken. The rise in land height sparked the interest.
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    Photo thread for the heck of it

    A couple of favourites:
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    More Spitfire stuff from the DM

    This is an interesting article about the almost 3,000 Hurricanes operated by the Soviets. Describes a lot of the modifications and variants. Soviet Hawker Hurricane Specials
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    Aviation Porn

    Su-57 underside.
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    Guess This Aircraft ?

    Peter, I'd guess that's phonetic, as E in Russian is pronounced Ye. eg: the name Elena is pronounced Yelena . I've noticed in a quite a few publications, that they translate designations to the pronunciation rather than the spelling. I think it happens when Russians translate the document to English. They take it a bit literally and then a third party will translate that to their language, thus extending the mis-interpretation.
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    Guess This Aircraft ?

    Spot on. The E-152A, designed by the MiG bureau, NATO recognition name Flipper. The technology was transferred to China where quite a few years later it went into production as the J-8.
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    Guess This Aircraft ?

    The block pattern ramp probably gives away the country of origin of this X Plane. Twin engined heavy interceptor; it did more than 40 test flights. Eventually adopted by another country as a production aircraft. One interesting feature; the shock cone is fixed. Intake air is regulated by an axially translatable nose cone ring.
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    Guess This Aircraft ?

    Peter, you were right in the first instance as well. The VVA-14 was designed as a prototype VTOL anti- missile carrying submarine platform. It had two top mounted forward thrust engines (same family as the MiG-21 and Il-76) and twelve lifting turbojets. It also had inflatable floats. It never did achieve VTOL capability and was eventually abandoned as a project. The first prototype never had the lifting engines fitted and was eventually modified for use as a ground effect Ekranoplan designated VVA-14M1P. Photo below gives a good view of the inflatable floats (replaced by metal in the Ekranoplan). I think this hull at Monino museum might be the remains of the Ekranoplan version.