The Grunau Baby
In 1931 Edmund Schneider designed the Grunau Baby. With the great post-World War I interest in aviation there was a need for an affordable and safe glider with docile handling characteristics. The Grunau Baby met these needs. Over 6,000 Grunau Babies were constructed.
Forerunner of the Drone: The Luftwaffe's Mistel and Vati- Sohan( Daddy- Son) Weapon System
.During the Second World War Germans thought of many new concepts to fight the allies and one of these was the Mistel concept which is in real terms the forerunner of the modern drone but the weapon system was generally a failure as the Germans had no time to test and fine tune the system
The Potential Uses of Smart Materials and Stuctures on Aircraft
One of the ultimate objectives for aeronautical design and engineering is to create an aircraft that can adapt to its environment and the flying situations that it is subjected to, whilst maintaining optimal performance. Smart materials may be the key to achieving this.
An Overview of the Schweinfurt Bombing Raid in 1943
In 1943 as per the Allied policy to bring Germany quickly to its knees a concerted bombing of Schweinfurt was ordered but the Luftwaffe fought very well and snatched a victory
The HF-24 ( Marut) First Jet Fighter Manufactured Outside the Developed World
HF-24 or the Marut is the first fighter-bomber powered by jet engines manufactured outside the so-called developed world. It had a two decades stint with the Indian Air Force.
Poignant Tale of IAF Pilot Ajjimada Devayya Who Got Maha Vir Chakra After 23 Years
On 7 September 1965, an air force Squadron Leader shot to smithereens an F104 in combat over Sargodha but he got no credit till the official history of the Pakistan AF was published which acknowledged this deed. Wheels turned in Air HQ and he was posthumously awarded the MVC.
10 Mid-Air Collisions Involving Commercial Airliners
Aviation accidents quickly make headlines, but airline travel is still the safest mode of transportation. The meticulous analysis of incidents furthermore continuously improves its safety. A brief summary of ten mid-air collisions that unfortunately have occurred throughout the history of flight.
The Drone: A Cost Effective Method to Fight a War in 21st Century
War is a dynamic subject and there is always constant change. The second world war saw the blitzkrieg tactics of the Wehrmacht. The 21st-century has now seen the advent of the unmanned drone fitted with missiles and bombs. This has added a new dimension to warfare.
The Nachthexen ( Night Witches)all Women Bomber Pilots of World War Ii From Russia
During the war in Russia the Russian army was hard-pressed and there was a shortage of manpower. Stalin approved woman pilots flying wooden planes to bomb the Germans in an effort to halt the offensive. It was a futile effort but brought home to the Germans that the enemy was not going to give up.
Why the Luftwaffe Failed in World War II
The Luftwaffe had a rebirth in 1935 when Adolf Hitler abrogated the treaty of Versailles. However, after 1941 the influence of the Luftwaffe waned and towards the end of the war, it was negligible. The basic mistake was in handing over command of the Luftwaffe to Reich Marshall Goering
The Swansong of the Fallschirmjägers:the Last Paradrop ' Operation Stosser '
The German parachute brigade was called in for the last time to secure vital bridges ahead of the advance of the German Panzer divisions but it was a futile exercise as the panzers never made it forward.
The Tokyo Boys: Indian Trainee Pilots With the Imperial Air Force
The quest to free India from British rule led a batch of 46 volunteers to train with the Japanese Air Force at their academy. They could not complete the training as the two atomic bombs brought about the surrender of Japan.
Evaluating the Mig 29 the Soviet Answer to the American F-15/16
The MIG 29 appeared nearly 4 decades back and still very much on the scene.
The C-47 Had a Great Love Affair in the Sub-continent
The C- 47 was the military version of the DC-3 popularly called the Dakota. It was inducted in the Indian Air Force in 1944 and continued flying till the late 80s. and with the Border Security Force until the end nineties.
Battle in the Sky:a Tribute to My Best Friend Harvinder Singh Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice and Went to Valahalla
Harvinder and I were classmates in school. Both of us joined the Air Force. While I survive the rigors of Air Force life but Harvinder was not lucky. In the battle with the enemy, while trying to save a colleague, he paid the ultimate sacrifice; Hit by a SAM and am sure went to Vallaha.
Luftwaffe: Last Flight to Evacuate Entrapped Troops in Courland
With the war over almost 200,000 German troops were trapped in the Courland Peninsula surrounded by the Russian army. The Luftwaffe in the last bid to rescue as many soldiers they could from falling into the hands of the Soviets made the last flight.
The Folland Gnat and the IAF: Midget Interceptor That Became the Sabre Killer
India was one of the few countries to opt for the Folland Gnat. The plane made in England was not ordered by the RAF But used extensively by the Indian Air Force with great success.
The Rafale: How Effective It Is as a Viable Weapons System
India has bought 36 Rafale planes at a heavy cost and it looks to be not a cost effective weapon.
Song of Life: Tribute to Worlds Oldest Fighter Pilot Squadron Leader Dalip Singh Majithia on His 100th Birthday
Squadron leader Majithia has a hallowed name in Air force history, He is the oldest living fighter pilot in the world and just celebrated his hundredth birthday. Married to an Australian girl Majithia fought in the Second World War and yesterday the Air Force also honored him.
The De Havilland Vampire Fighter Bomber With the Iaf
IAF was the first airport in Asia to receive jet planes. IAF selected the D Havilland fighter bomber from the UK and these were inducted into the air force during 19 48-49 and were used in the 1965 conflict with Pakistan for close air support with minimal success.
Herman Goering, The Luftwaffe, and the Defeat at Stalingrad
The undue reliance on Herman Goering by the Fuehrer and his lack of the concept of strategic air warfare led Germany to doom in WW II and the Battle of Stalingrad as well.
Hf-24 ( Marut) First Jet Fighter Manufactured Outside the Developed World.
.The HF-24 is the first fighter plane developed by a third world country India. it was a subsonic plane. Its designer was none other than the famous designer Dr. Kurt Tank who served Hitler for years
Why China’s Harbin Z-19 ‘Black Whirlwind’ Helicopter is Flawed
Like many of China’s war machines, this supposedly feared chopper has problems.
Mig-27 to Become History as Last Squadron to Be Decommissioned by Indian Air Force
The MIG 27 is a front line interceptor of the Indian Air Force. The plane is being retired from the IAF inventory and the ceremony to decommission the plane will be held at 32 Wing at Jodhpur
Indian Air Force; Hark Back to Mi-17 Chopper Shot Down by Missile Over Srinagar and Six Officers Killed
An incident that took place six months back has been acknowledged by the present Air Chief, ACM Bhaduria. This concerned an MI-17 chopper of the IAF which was shot by mistake over Srinagar airfield and 6 officers were killed. A court of Inquiry was ordered and its findings made public now
1965 Indo-Pak War: Surrender of Two Fighter Planes to Paf
the 1965 war is history and both the IAF and PAF claim victory. However, one stark fact stands out. This is the surrender of two frontline fighter planes to the PAF.
Women in Aviation: 4 Female Captains Who Left Their Mark in the Industry
There are many women who have made it to the sky - both literally and figuratively in this case - even when almost everyone said they wouldn't. Here, we pay a deserved tribute to four female aviators who were the first of their types.
Lockheed Constellation Development and Civilian Service
Lockheed Corporation wanted to build a transport aircraft that, according to Lockheed’s chief research engineer Kelly Johnson, “would carry more people farther and faster than ever before, and economically enough to broaden the acceptance of flying as an alternative to train, ship, and automobile.”
The Tu-95 Will Be Remembered as One of the Great Planes in the Field of Aviation
The TU-95 came on the scene on the urging of Josef Stalin and gave the necessary punch for a delivery system to the Russian Air Force. The plane is slated to continue in service till 2040
Top 12 Fastest and Biggest Aerial Refueling Aircraft in the World
Tankers are an important aircraft in any country’s fighter-bomber strategy. Are they fast though? Let’s find out.