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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Dogfights!
    of those occasions Fortunately I recovered just in time this evening to tune in to the History Channel s Dogfights marathon In the event you haven t seen the show which debuted this past November Dogfights uses computer animation interviews and archival footage to recreate famous air battles from the Great War through the present Although some of the episodes seem to stretch their material to make it to the

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » America’s First Air Show
    Continent in places like Brescia Nice Monte Carlo and St Petersburg as local aviation enthusiasts sought to duplicate the excitement and success of the French event America s first international air show commenced on 10 January 10 1910 five months after Le Grande Semaine It was hosted by the Aero Club of California at site just outside of Los Angeles in Dominguez Hills The Dominguez Hills air show attracted some of the world s most famous aviators including the first man to cross the English Channel in an airplane Louis Blériot the winner of the first cross country air race Louis Paulhan and American favorite son Glenn H Curtiss who had claimed the 5 000 Gordon Bennett Trophy Race held at Reims Attendance at the Dominguez Hills meet surpassed expectations Over the course of the ten day show an estimated 226 000 spectators converged on the airfield generating more than 137 500 for the event s sponsors and helping to launch the aviation industry on the West Coast The Department of Archives and Digital Collections at California State University Dominguez Hills has available on line an excellent assortment of photographs postcards slides news clippings and programs from the 1910 meet To view these materials from America s first air show visit CSUDH s 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection ScP 2 Responses to America s First Air Show 1 Dictatorship of the Air MAKS 2007 or Russian Aviation What s New is Old Pinged With August 25 2007 12 22 am Despite its recent origins the first Salon was held in 1992 MAKS is steeped in history As President Vladimir Putin proudly noted in his welcoming address MAKS continues the longstanding tradition of aviation parades and air show holidays that has always existed in Russia His statement was

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Dedovshchina
    the term dedovshchina refers to the longstanding practice in which senior non commissioned soldiers initiate the first year conscripts under their command through physical punishment and beatings that often cross the line into outright torture Today the Moscow Times is running a related story concerning soldiers who have alleged that they were forced into prostitution by senior officers While it remains to be seen if the soldiers accounts are accurate

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    from Monty Python would say Now for something completely different Woman Survives Being Locked Up in Barrel and Thrown Into Sea by Jealous Husband Fortunately it has a happy ending I think ScP Discussion 0 The ANT 20 Maxim Gorky in Flight January 4 2007 11 38 pm Filed in 1930s ANT 20 Maxim Gorky Avia Corner Propaganda Video It really is amazing what you can find on the Internet While trolling YouTube a couple of days ago in search of aviation videos for a project on the history of flight culture I discovered that someone has posted a documentary clip of the ANT 20 Maxim Gorky The largest plane in the world when it debuted over Red Square in Moscow on June 19 1934 the Maxim Gorky was one of the greatest showpieces of Stalinist aviation As the clip s voice over notes albeit in French now in Russian sorry Andrei Tupolev was selected to head the construction project which brought together more than 800 technicians representing dozens of aviation workshops and bureaus from across the USSR Work on the plane progressed from late 1933 through the spring of 1934 When completed the Maxim Gorky measured 112 ft long and possessed a wingspan of just over 206 ft 11 ft greater than the earliest Boeing 747s In its initial configuration the ANT 20 was equipped with eight engines three on each wing with two mounted in tandem above Later the tandem engines were removed when found to be unnecessary Like the airplane from which its design was derived the Soviet TB 4 the ANT 20 was ostensibly to function as a heavy bomber The plane did set a number of world records for lift capacity but its was ponderously slow Its maximum speed of 138 mph would have made

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Southern Hospitality
    of the University of Richmond who were gracious hosts late this past week for events on their campuses I was delighted to have an opportunity to screen and discuss a pair of less well known but important films from the golden age of the 1930s for two engaged and engaging audiences In short I had a terrific time and hope that those who came out for the talks did as

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Putin’s Russia
    those who haven t yet seen it Michael Specter s recent New Yorker article on Putin s Russia is a must read Go here ScP No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » A Really Big Sale
    Possessing a wingspan of 200 ft and a lift capacity of 32 000 lbs the 117 ft long Model 170 Mars built by the Glen L Martin Company was the largest flying boat ever to enter production From the time of its debut in 1938 until the 1947 appearance of the B 36 it was the largest plane in America s military arsenal Originally dubbed an experimental patrol bomber the prototype Model 170 was intended to serve as the first of what would ultimately become a fleet of flying battleships set to patrol the skies over the Pacific armed with huge bomb loads as well as Marine paratroopers Although the Model 170 never saw duty as a combat aircraft six more Model 170s built between 1943 and 1948 did enter service They functioned as transport planes during the Second World War and Korean War By 1959 only four of the Mars aircraft remained These were sold to Flying Tankers Inc a Canadian firm formed to battle fires by a consortium of forest companies Flying Tankers fitted 7 200 gallon tanks onto three of the aircraft transforming them into water bombers Two of the four planes were subsequently lost in service

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Only in Russia…
    02 am Filed in Avia Corner Only in Russia or as the fellows from Monty Python would say Now for something completely different Woman Survives Being Locked Up in Barrel and Thrown Into Sea by Jealous Husband Fortunately it has a happy ending I think ScP No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website

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