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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
The MIG 29 appeared nearly 4 decades back and still very much on the scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
India has bought 36 Rafale planes at a heavy cost and it looks to be not a cost effective weapon.
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.
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.
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.
.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
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
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
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.
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 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 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
Tankers are an important aircraft in any country’s fighter-bomber strategy. Are they fast though? Let’s find out.
For the hi-fliers, first class in a passenger aircraft won’t be enough. They would want their own jets. So which are these hi-flier jets and how fast can they fly? Let’s see.
Flying is the fastest mode of travel known to man but how fast is the fastest passenger aircraft? Let’s find out.
The Russian Sukhoi T-50 is 5th generation fighter that will form the bulk of the Russian air Force and a threat to the USA and NATO
The TU-95 first flew in 1952 and is on active duty even now after 5 decades. It will continue in service till 2040
The TU -160 first appeared on the scene in 1981. It was made operational but soon production was stopped . In 2014 the Russians have again developed this supersonic bomber and it is coming .
The Canberra, a light bomber was inducted into the IAF in the late fifties of the last century. It was phased out after 4 decades, during this span it was the foremost strike bomber of the AF
The DC 3 and its military version the C-47 served the IAF for more than 30 years. It was a hardy and versatile machine that was one of the work horses of the IAF