(Reading time: 3 - 5 minutes)

User Rating: 0 / 5

Please rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank You for rating this article.

Polish AF visit

Where? Poland, Warszawa area
When? Spring 2008

Sily Powietrzne Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej
(Polish Air Force)

90 years after its creation after WW I in 1918 the Polish Air Force is currently undergoing an impressive conversion process. A tour to the air bases of Radom, Dęblin, Mińsk Mazowiecki and Warszawa-Okęcie gave some interesting views and information about the transformation from being one of the Warsaw Pact's biggest Air Forces to become considerably smaller without loosing its strike force by employing more sophisticated aircraft.

L-29 Last chance check Radom and Dęblin are two airfields for training young Air Force pilots to fly. Radom is home of the 2 OsZL (2nd Flying Training Centre) using the PZL-130 "Orlik" turboprop aircraft for basic flying training.

Orlik Aerobatic TeamThe main part of the Orliks at Radom are still of TC-I standard, amongst them 7 being equipped with smoke generators are used by the aerobatic team "Orlik", with more and more PZL-130 TC-II coming to the squadron until the planned number of 20 TC-IIs is reached. The currently three TC-II's are equipped with a stronger Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop, added winglets and modernized avionics resulting in a more electrical cockpit design. From the outside this new version is clearly distinguishable by the orange stripe around its nose. Including the modernized avionics the aircraft is well suited for the new aircraft that will be deployed by the PolAF in the future.

PZL-130 Orlik

L-29 & An-2
During the visit to Radom 23 TS-11 Iskra trainer aircraft from the nearby Dęblin, hosting 1 OsZL, were also temporarily based due to runway repairs at their homebase. Whereas the TS-11 is the step between the Orlik and the modern fighter jets, it is a step back in time for the students regarding the avionics and power, though the handling characteristics are highly appreciated by the instructors.

 

TS-11 Iskra

Highly welcomed to see were also the different M28TD performing several t&g's as well as the two An-2, which will soon disappear out of the PolAF inventory.

An-2

M28D Bryza

recently published

Axalp 2017

(Reading time: 1 minute)

Axalp Firepower Demo - Swiss Air Force Live Shooting Exercise 2017
Where? Axalp - Ebenflug Shooting Range, Switzerland
When?October 2017

The Axalp 2017 Firepower presentation of the Swiss Air Force at the Ebenfluh range was blessed this year with splendid weather throughout the week. Apart from shooting demonstrations with the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-5E Tiger II the Swiss Air Force did also perform flying demonstration with the Cougar and EC635 helicopters as well as the Pilatus PC-21 advanced trainer aircraft.

Read more ...

more Airshows

RIAT Fairford 2014

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

RIAT RAF Fairford 2014
Where? RAF Fairford, England
When? 15/07/2014

July is usually a busy airshow month in the UK. Many of the big airshow take place in that time, and 2014 once again saw the two big events of the "Flying Legends" at Duxford and the RIAT at RAF Fairford collide at the same week-end.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

Bücker Bü133 Jungmeister

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

Bücker Bü133 Jungmeister air-air
Where? above Saxony, Germany
When? October 2015

Doing air-air with classic aircraft from the 1930s is always a pleasure, even more so if it is an immaculately restored Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister on a nice autumn Sunday morning. The Jungmeister D-EMKP “LG+07” biplane was painted in a scheme inspired by the one adorning Germany’s first-ever Luftwaffe’s aerobatic squadron.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com

More photos