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Archive for March, 2009

Yakovlev Yak-1b side view

Yakovlev Yak-1b

Yakovlev Yak-1b - the very first of the gift Yak-1b aircraft (No. 34104). It was given to Hero of the Soviet Union Maj. V.I. Shishkin, officer commanding the 291st IAP (other sources state it was the 581st IAP). Its side number remains unknown, though most probably it existed

Yakovlev Yak-1b side view

Yakovlev Yak-1b

Yakovlev Yak-1b “17 Red”. Normandie Squadron, Ivanovo, January 1943. The prop spinner can also be painted black

Mil’ Mi-8PS side view

Mil' Mi-8PS

Mil’ Mi-8PS “50 Red” VIP-helicopter (Salon) of the 830th Independent Helicopter Regiment

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-2 side view

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-2

Mil’ Mi-8MTV-2 “43″ based at Vladikavkaz in the autumn of 2001. The helicopter wore standard but extremely faded and sun-bleached camouflage (referred to as «belyy bort» — «white aircraft» — in slang); Russian flags were worn on both flight deck armour shields

Mil’ Mi-8MT side view

Mil' Mi-8MT

Mil’ Mi-8MT “28″ of the Joint Air Group. Note the owl badge of the Independent Helicopter Squadron on the port armour shield; the card in the pilot’s blister window bore the taxicab chequerboard and the inscription «Grozny-City, No free rides»

Polikarpov S-1 side view

Polikarpov S-1

Polikarpov S-1 CCCP-K49 light ambulance aircraft, version of the U-2