Though I would indeed love to see her and yes it would indeed make my day, week and year, the Sturmovik is on the other side of the Atlantic. She is the sole airworthy example of the type and belongs to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who bases her at Paine Field, Washington. Coincidentally, he also owns an I-16 so I'm sure that formation has or will occur at some point.
Still, I cannot complain as we are rather blessed on this side of the pond too. We have had it pretty good in the UK to be honest when it comes to seeing rare and historically significant aircraft.
I mean where else in the world could you have seen two Avro Lancasters in the sky at one time, one having flown across the Atlantic to be part of the occasion, all in the same year that the Planes of Fame museum's extremely rare Boeing P-26A Peashooter was shipped over from the US to be part of a UK show and also two Douglas Dakotas also making the trip across to be part of shows in the UK and Europe. All this aside from the gems we already have flying regularly in this country and in mainland Europe. Yep we have it pretty good.
Good reason to save up for the air fare, if you receive intelligence that those two are going to fly side by side over there ...
Though of course, as you've already observed, we've had some spectacular sightings on this side of the Atlantic too. Those five Dakotas in line on the airfield will have brought tears to a good few veterans' eyes.
When that Sopwith Pup is 100 years old, seeing it fly on its centenary will also be special. I suspect you'll be there with the camera.
Well one day I will make it across the pond and catch some of the gems they have there, that's for sure. But a testiment to just how good we've had it here is the fact that to be honest there are not too many "must sees" left on my list anymore. I think my list would only be 10-15 aircraft now. Everything else I've either already seen, is not currently possible to see or I can take or leave it.
Let me think, the ones I would love to see and have yet to, would be the following.
CAC Boomerang Boeing B-29 Superfortress Curtiss C-46 Commando Consolidated B-24 Liberator Mitsubishi A6M Zero Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Douglas SBD Dauntless Ilyushin IL-2 SturmoviK Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 Polikarpov I-153 (i've seen an I-15 fly but not the I-153) Focke-Wulf FW-190 (I've seen one of the reproductions in the air but want to see FHC's original example)
I'm sure there are a few more, but I can't think of any others except for a handful of the World War One reproductions I'd like to see that have been built down in New Zealand.
I can't remember quite how many, but there are a few dotted around the world that fly. All thanks to a collector down in New Zealand that managed to save some airframes that were left out in the Russian Tundra. There were something like 3-4 of them along with roughly the same amount of Polikarpov I-153 biplane fighters. Once restored they all flew together at the warbirds over Wanaka airshow down in New Zealand which I imagine was a hell of a sight. They've since headed all over the world to various collectors.
One of the most dangerous aircraft to fly. Completely unrecoverable if you got it into a spin and it rotated more than 3 times which it did very quickly. What made it worse was that it was very easy to spin. The price you have to pay for maneuverability is instability. Amazed to see one still exists. Would be just as amazed to see a 153 as it was the same aircraft except that the 153 was a biplane.
Actually several of both types fly these days thanks to the work of the Alpine Fighter Collection down in New Zealand. I can't remember exactly the numbers but several I-16s and I-153s were found in the Russian Tundra and restored to airworthy condition down in New Zealand They have since found their way around the world but there was one spectacular airshow down in New Zealand where they all flew together I believe. to various collections. I have never personally seen one of the I-153s fly but I was lucky enough to see this I-16 and I have also seen an I-15 fly in the past too. Not technically part of the series but still a Polikarpov, I also get to see this fly from time to time too. namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar…namelessfaithlessgod.deviantar…
No not exactly the same but they were very similar, at least air frame wise. Only truly big change or difference was the conversion of biplane to monoplane. I think the I-16 was basically the ultimate of that family lines. The 153 the ultimate of the 15. It may have been more accurate for me to say amazing to see someone fly one the way the Russian environment can preserve aircraft I didn't doubt there were a few frozen somewhere.
There are many Po-2's out there. I've seen one. Very interesting history during WWII. Great pictures by the way.
I like how the angle really shows off the "stubby" aspect of this unique aircraft. It has a very interesting appeal, it's not pretty like a Spitfire or P-51 but it has it's own deadly, utilitarian look to it.
I adore this plane. I know some nicknamed it "The Rat" but did some call it "The Donkey"? I can't remember.
I know games aren't entirely accurate, but in IL-2 Sturmovik, I can flip this little thing all over the place, it's such a manoeuvrable plane. And some may disagree on this with me, but I think it's beautiful.
This was the first time I had the chance to see one of these in the air. I was amazed at how aerobatic it is. I know it is a fighter and of course they have to be able to maneuver but this thing seemed to think it was a Pitts.
I am aware of the aircrafts history and it's role in the Spanish Civil War. It just seems so ironic that it was performing at the show in 30 degree heat when in it's history it must have flown in such extreme low temperaturesin the east. I have seen some great pictures of the aircraft with special thermal covers to keep it's systems in order. I very much enjoyed seeing it fly and brings my total of Polikarpov aircraft seen in the skies to 3. I have seen the P0-2, i-15bis, and now the I-16. Now I would love to see a I-153 fly
I think there are only four of them flying in the world. Two in the States with The Fighter Factory and Paul Allen's Fflying Heritage Collection. One in Spain and this one that resides in Germany. So yes she's rare Anyway thanks for liking
I was very impressed with what the aircraft can do. Some of them menouvres were not much different from what Pitts can do. Maybe a little slower but still impressive. The light was a bit to harsh to get anything other than silhouettes for those particular shots, as you can see from this image it was pretty hard to expose. But I'm glad I saw it. Great noise they make too