Archive for December, 2008

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Dec
08

Взлёт 07-08 2008

ОАО «Корпорация «Тактическое ракетное вооружение» в начале июня объявила о начале кампании по продвижению на рынок ряда новых образцов управляемых авиационных средств поражения. Среди них авиационная модульная управляемая ракета нового поколения типа Х-38МЭ, а также несколько глубоко модернизированных средств авиационного вооружения, в числе которых противорадиоло-кационная ракета Х-58УШКЭ с широкодиапазонной пассивной радиолокационной головкой самонаведения, авиационная управляемая ракета Х-59МК2 с автономным распознаванием прилегающей к цели местности и корректируемая авиабомба с лазерной головкой самонаведения КАБ-1500ЛГ-Ф-Э. Довольно подробная информация об этих образцах была размещена на официальном сайте КТРВ. Они предназначены для оснащения как проходящих испытания в настоящее время модернизированных многоцелевых истребителей поколения «4++» Су-35 и МиГ-35. так и перспективного авиационного комплекса фронтовой авиации пятого поколения. О новинках корпорации « ТРВ» рассказывает Евгений Ерохин

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31
Dec
08

B-17 Flying Fortress Units Of The Eighth Air Force (2)

On 15 May, 193 B-17s bombed targets in Emden, Heligoland and Wilhelmshaven. Four days later 102 B-17s hit Kiel and 64 Boeing ‘heavies’ bombed Flensburg, while a smaller force flew a diversion. The Flensburg raiders returned without loss, but six Fortresses from the Kiel group were shot down, three of these being ripped apart by bombs dropped from above them by Fw 190s from 5-/JG 11. On 21 May, 98 B-17s attacked Wilhelmshaven and 63 bombed Emden. On the 27th only 11 bombers hit St Nazaire, but two days later 147 aircraft dropped their bombs on the U-boat pens situated within the French port. This proved to be the last raid flown by VIII Bomber Command that month. In June Gen Ira Eaker, Commanding General of VIII Bomber Command, was able to send the 1 st and 4th BWs on two-pronged attacks against Emden, Kiel, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, in northern Germany, on a single day. On the 1 1th the B-17s set out to bomb Bremen, but the target was covered with a solid layer of low cumulus cloud down to about 5000 ft, which also partially covered Wilhelmshaven. Nevertheless, some 168 B-17s bombed the German port, while 30 others went for the secondary target at Cuxhaven.
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Dec
08

B-25 Mitchell Units in The Mto

Lt Gen Carl A ‘Tooey’ Spaatz replaced Gen Doolittle as commander of the Twelfth on 1 March 1943, and he was followed by Lt Gen John K Cannon on 21 December 1943, Maj Gen Benjamin W Chidlaw on 2 April 1945 and Brig Gen Charles T Myers on 26 May 1945. Barely three months after it had been conceived, the Twelfth Air Force made its first contribution to World War 2. When the day arrived for the invasion of North Africa, on 8 November 1942, the Twelfth was ready to meet its obligations. By 18 February 1943, when the Twelfth Air Force merged with Royal Air Force units to form the Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF) in the first assembling of various allied air forces under one command, the Twelfth’s strength had grown to 1038 aeroplanes. Lt Gen Spaatz, who had been instrumental in the formation of the Twelfth, was then placed in command of NAAF. As the days lengthened and spring arrived, Spaatz’s forces proceeded with the arduous and necessary task of whittling down the Luftwaffe in Tunisia.
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Dec
08

Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat

This situation, many thought, was unlikely to change with the outbreak of war between Iraq and Iran. Despite the presence of Phantom IIs over Baghdad, international press reports continued to focus on the poor condition of the aircraft, the lack of spares and the shortage of trained pilots. Rumours suggested that the Iranian F-4s were to be re-equipped with Rolls-Royce Spey engines, that some spares were being supplied secretly by Israel and certain NATO countries, and that others were being provided clandestinely by the US in exchange for American hostages held in Lebanon. Apart from being largely incorrect, all these reports obscured the truth about what was really happening. Observers were quick to ‘write off the F-4s, just as they had the Iranian Grumman F-14A Tomcats. This book is an attempt to set the record straight and to tell the true story of the way the Iranian Phantom IIs were used during the war with Iraq. It features numerous first-hand accounts by the pilots who flew different versions of the aircraft during the long and bloody war in the Middle East.
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Dec
08

PV Ventura-Harpoon Units of WW2

The aircraft evolved as requirements for it changed, with the Ventura II/IIA and GR V (the US equivalents were the PV-1 and PV-3) eventually entering operational service. Between December 1941 and May 1944, Lockheed-Vega built 2493 examples of the Ventura. The Ventura II was similar to the first production model, except that it was powered by the military-rated Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 engines and had a bomb-bay capable of carrying 3000 lbs (1360 kg) of ordnance. The Ventura IIA had its British turret and guns replaced with their American-made equivalents consisting of the Martin upper turret with two 0.50-cal machine guns, two fixed 0.50-cal and two flexible 0.30-cal guns in the nose, and another pair of ‘thirties’ in the ventral position. Great Britain ordered 487 Mk IIs, although following Pearl Harbor most of these were taken over by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and used for training. In 1943, 43 of these aircraft were delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
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Dec
08

B-29 Superfortress Units of WW2

In October 1938, Army Air Corps (AAC) chief of staff Oscar Westover established a requirement for a superbomber. The US was already ahead of much of the world in developing long-range, four-engined bombers, but Americans often behave as if they do not understand their own achievements. For a brief period, the AAC (which became part of the AAF in 1941) actually entertained the creaky, twin-motored Douglas B-18-a completely inadequate military aircraft derived from a transport design -as its primary bomber. The error was quickly corrected, four-engined B-17 Flying Fortresses began reaching the Army before Pearl Harbor and the US assumed a leadership role in the big bomber business. Even then, the B-29 represented a giant leap forward. The AAF chose it in preference to the Lockheed XB-30, a derivative of the Constellation airliner, and the Douglas XB-31, a distant relative of the C-54 Skymaster. Yet another competing aircraft design, the Consolidated XB-32, became the production B-32 Dominator, and a worthy back-up to the B-29. But the XB-32 was a modest step forward.
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Dec
08

FineScale Modeler 03 2002

When Keith Kowalski was 12, he got his start in modeling by building Aurora figure models. He hasn’t stopped building yet, and now he’s internationally recognized for his fine quality figure models. The Ft. Lauderdale, Florida police officer has been painting excellent military miniatures for about 30 years. For over a decade, Keith has regularly competed and sold his work in figure shows in Atlanta, Georgia. He and his work have been featured in modeling; books and magazines from around the world. He has won several gold and silver awards, and in 1993 he won a gold medal tor his display at the first World Exposition Show held in Washington, hosted hy several international figure modeling groups. Though he paints in most ot the standard mediums, Keith has found that working with oils and flat enamels gives him the most flexibility He also experiments with other paints and with mixed media.