Very Nasty plane as stated!! It took down 6 out of 7 B17's of the 545th BS on their way to Schweinfurt 13 April 1944. On my Uncle's(Tailgunner) plane it Killed the Copilot,Top turret gunner, Radioman,and the Ballturret gunner in one run..
Glad to hear your Mum made it out other wise we would not be chatting!!!!!
Ive been to see this particular museum many times and I keep walking back to see this particular tub.
I realize, most would find it ugly and not pleasing, but I really like the 23 for some reason.
Im half kidding, as there are so many beautiful aircraft. Hard to pick just one favourite, so picked the odd one out.
Tomorrow Ill prefer another airframe.
I like the Yak though. Maybe because its quirky and different.
The Yak-23 was of the same period as the MIG-15, so the Yak became a niche plane.
The Yak operated with a copy of the Rolls-Royce Derwent V turbojet engine, produced as the Klimov RD-500.
Wouldn't be to many who have worked on a Kifr I would think. Nice one Phil.
Aggressor Squadron ?
The Marine Adversary program is used to help new USAF/Navy/Marine Corps fighter pilots to experience aerial warfare. We would deploy to your area or they would come to Yuma to Play(Dog Fight) at our ranges. Our pilots flew soviet tactics to help the US pilots understand how the enemy flew. Our saying was "Have MIG's Will Travel"
Here is a pic of one of my shirts name tag.
We had the Kfir for 3 years and now they have the F5 along with some Swiss F5's
Nice mate, super cool.
She's a bits-a for sure. Bit Mirage bit Skyhawk bit Israeli.
As you would know Phil the Israeli's put both the above mentioned airframes to good use so a hybrid of the two is possibly a credit this small countries Aerospace industry. Bit like SAAB in Sweden hey.
A seriously tough call.
The Spitfire in all it's configurations I think is a thing of beauty, but I also like the Bf-109 in all it's configurations.
However...I have narrowed it down to two:
The Albatros D.Va and
the Sopwith Triplane.
I can't narrow it any further. Both, (like most WW1 planes) had a very short life span in terms of being the top of the totem-pole.
My Israeli boss had told me that France would not sell them the mirage, BUT Mr. Dassault being of jewish decent gave them the plans. Which lead to the Birth of the Kfir.
Just a tid bit of aviation history you don't normally hear!!!!