Il-2 Sturmovik – The ultimate WW2 “Beast From The East” arrives in Washington

ILYUSHIN IL-2 STURMOVIK “The IL-2 aircraft are necessary for our Red Army now, like air, like bread“ Joseph Stalin (he demanded prompt and efficient production from factory officials…or else!) The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was known to the Soviet troops in WW2 as the “Flying Tank” and to the Germans as “Der Schwarze Tod” (“The Black Death“). It was a low level ground attack aircraft, heavily…

PIMA Air and Space Museum – Tucson, AZ

South of Tucson, Arizona is the excellent PIMA Air and Space Museum which has more than 300 aircraft on display from all over the world from the 1930′s to modern day. It is a massive complex out in the desert, which due to the dry climate means many of the aircraft can be stored outside with little worry of corrosion…

Soviet “Night Witches” and the Flying Beasts from the East

September 10th, 2011 Eastern Front Flying Day Once again I returned to Paine Field, Everett (almost becoming my summer weekend getaway) to see the latest flying day held by the Flying Heritage Collection! Todays display was to showcase the collections Russian aircraft: Polikarpov U-2/PO-2 A general purpose biplane mainly used as a flight trainer, built between 1928-1953. This…