Skrydstrup Air Base, 1959.
Some Cold War Heavy Metal to gladden your heart and rattle your bones! This is the
ancient Frog F-
As the 1950s opened, North American could see that they were in danger of falling
behind other US manufacturers. Their answer was the F-
Super Sabres were flown by the USAF, French Air Force, Turkish Air Force, Nationalist
Chinese Air Force and the Royal Danish Air Force. Danish F-
Friends & Allies -
The appearance of two Polish Airforce SU-
Netherlands Coastguard 2015, DeKooy Airfield, Den Helder, Netherlands 2015.
Revell’s 1/72 Do228 kit has been around since 1987 and has been released at least six times in a variety of different civil and military versions. This is the 2009 issue that includes well produced markings for German and Dutch coastal maritime patrol aircraft.
The kit itself is rather basic and a little disappointing -
The Dornier 228 STOL utility aircraft first flew in the late 1970s, taking advantage of a new supercritical wing design financed by the German government, that allows an excellent balance between performance and efficiency. Production by Dornier in Germany and licence production by HAL in India continued until 1998, with over 270 aircraft built.
In 2009, Swiss Government owned RUAG began building a New Generation Do228 variant, with wings, fuselage and tail produced by HAL in India.
Production has continued since then at low rates, with many customers specifying maritime patrol and SAR variants. Equipped with more powerful engines and propellers, a glass cockpit, advanced radar, FLIR, automated mission systems and ECM systems, the Do228 NG’s box section fuselage, high payload and long endurance make it a good choice for this role.
The Netherlands Coastguard (Nederlandse Kustwacht) use two modern Do228-
Together with the Su-
The Polish Air Force was one of the first export users of the Fulcrum, acquiring
10 aircraft in 1989 to replace MiG-
Poland is currently examining life extension programmes to extend their MiG-
Marina Militare (Italian Navy), HQ liaison unit, Pratica di Mare Air Base 2019.
Piaggio's striking pusher-
Along with many Italian Government agencies, the Italian Air Force and Italian Navy both use Avantis as VIP transports. An UAV version fitted with an extensive sensor suite and known as the P.1HH was developed with Selex (now part of Leonardo) as a long range unmanned patrol aircraft, but despite promising sales to the Italian armed forces and the UAE, its development was halted in 2018 due to Piaggio's receivership.