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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Georgia on Your Mind?
    go around for the disastrous war over South Ossetia Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili deserves the greatest share for starting a war to reassert control over South Ossetia that Russia can now finish on its own terms The Russian government with former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the lead has cynically taken the conflict Saakashvili began as a golden opportunity to flex its muscles make Georgia an object

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » 1418 Days
    of Photography Московский Дом фотографии to tell the story the USSR s wartime experience Not surprisingly most of the images concerned the battlefield heroism of Red Army soldiers at the front But the exhibit included more than a few photographs drawn from the rear as well including scenes of factory life public demonstrations the air raid shelters in Moscow s metro and bears no really The material from the 2005

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » The Air Force Museum at Monino: A Reader’s Report
    museum that all of the gates to the academy were open and there were no guards I think we could have walked right through the academy and no one would have cared There were knots of cadets or officers standing around here and there smoking My partner speaks German and she was able to converse with some of the cadets in that language We wanted to be reassured occasionally that we were still going in the right direction We arrived at the museum and a lady walking behind us showed us where the ticket office was She worked there We were there at 0900 when it opened and were the first ones there The museum director who spoke English greeted us and asked where we were form and when we said the USA he put his arms around us and said Welcome my friends Come in He asked whether we wanted a guide and when we said no he said You came to just take pictures fine He then offered us a picture booklet with explaining the aircraft on display A retired Colonel Victor Kazashvili had authored the booklet He was there too so I bought the booklet 10 and shook his hand and suggested he sign it He did and inscribed To Thomas Thank you for your love of aviation It was in Russian of course and I had to have it translated later The Colonel was 81 years old and started flying the Yak 3 in WW II and flew a succession of aircraft finishing with the MiG 17 At that point the director asked in we needed the lavatory and when we said yes he said I take you It was in a different building When we got there he said I wait you Afterward he walked to the museum gate with us where an old lady was taking tickets and selling souvenirs the only ones available other than the booklet at the ticket office The director wished us a good visit and bid us farewell Now could it have been more friendly that that Overall it was easy to there An hour and twenty minutes by train from the Yaroslavskii Station However it is important that you have all the Metro Station and train station and other pertinent names in the Cyrillic spelling otherwise you will not recognize anything and will be completely confused There were a total of 108 actual aircraft on display They say 185 but that must include models etc No prior notice is required the people are friendly and the museum is definitely a worthwhile visit As an aside the tour company did get us into Star City where we inspected the facilities We also had a half hour session with cosmonaut Sergei Zalyotin who had been in space twice The first time was a 180 day stint aboard MIR He was scheduled to do one more mission to the International Space Station It was revealing that he was able to stand

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Showdown: Air Combat
    an F 86 Saber and MiG 15 a P 51 vs an Me 109 and a P 38 vs a Zero The Great War will be featured in an episode devoted to the famous June 1917 dogfight between France s ace of aces Georges Guynemer and Ernst Udet Germany s 2 ace after you know who As a run up to the program s debut the Military Channel invited a small group of air minded bloggers to contribute comments and questions to Showdown s hosts via a telephone roundtable The half hour conversation covered a wide range of issues including WWII pilot training ground support operations in Afghanistan and the rapidly escalating costs of developing 21st century fighter aircraft Once the recording of the roundtable has been made available by the folks at the Military Channel I ll post a link to it here In the meantime you can look forward to Showdown s debut this weekend UPDATE To listen to the audio file of the roundtable click the play arrow below ScP One Response to Showdown Air Combat 1 Airminded Showdown Pinged With June 14 2008 3 12 am I was invited this week to take part in a

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » A Note from Underground
    time and for those who think that reading books isn t work If you have ever wondered what it is that academics especially those in the humanities actually do Did You Publish Today is a good place to start The second piece is less mirthful Written by the necessarily anonymous Professor X and appearing in the current issue of The Atlantic In the Basement of the Ivory Tower describes the routine frustrations encountered by the author while moonlighting as a composition instructor Called upon to teach young men who must amass a certain number of credits before they can become police officers or state troopers lower echelon health care workers who need credits to qualify for raises and municipal employees who require college level certification to advance at work Professor X finds that the majority of his students are grossly unprepared for the basic assignments expected of them As he insists on maintaining academic standards the results ain t pretty For I who teach these low level must pass no multiple choice test classes am the one who ultimately delivers the news to those unfit for college that they lack the most basic skills and have no sense of the volume of work required that they are in some cases barely literate that they are so bereft of schemata so dispossessed of contexts in which to place newly acquired knowledge that every bit of information simply raises more questions They are not ready for high school some of them much less for college If the essay is anywhere off the mark it is in Prof X s apparent belief that the poor quality of his students is somehow related to their status as non traditional adult learners and the nature of the institution in which they are enrolled a community

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Soviet Aviation Poster Gallery
    masses At earlier times in Russian history this function had been served by the traditional illustrated woodcut lubok Orthodox Christian iconography and newsprint graphics In the aftermath of 1917 a new visual medium the political poster emerged as the most important tool in the new Bolshevik regime s propaganda arsenal Throughout the 1920s and well beyond Party leaders dedicated considerable resources to the creation and dissemination of posters aimed at

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Reviews
    Imagination 1920 1950 Scott W Palmer has accomplished that most difficult task writing a readable scholarly book Well accoutered with footnotes and an excellent bibliography Dictatorship of the Air gives an insider s view of aviation in the mystery wrapped in an enigma that was Russia This is a valuable book Aviation History May 2007 A major work of serious scholarship Using fresh sources including newspapers journals and several post Soviet archives Palmer has created a compelling narrative analysis of the place that the airplane held in tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union Mary R Habeck author of Knowing the Enemy Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror and S torm of Steel The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union 1919 1939 Palmer s book is beautifully illustrated and provides the reader with much to think about regarding the place of the airplane in Russian and Soviet culture society and politics this is an important contribution to the literature on Russian and Soviet industry and culture Canadian Slavonic Papers Palmer is to be commended for integrating aviation into a wider cultural and political context In contrast to more traditional aviation histories Palmer s account teases out the connections between culture politics and the development of the technology In the process he illustrates that no history of modern Russia can be considered complete without an account of the history of Russian aviation The result is an interesting book that provides important insights into the development of Soviet aviation as well as the fate of modern Russia Canadian Journal of History This is an important provocative book whose serious arguments need to be engaged equally seriously The Russian Review An impressively detailed account of Russia s aviation history up to the end of World War II The Journal

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Favorite Links
    S Air Force Museum Blogs Airminded Airpower British Society Sean s Russia Blog Siberian Light News Notes Johnson s Russia List Russian Aviation News Vladimir Vladimirovich Russian History Links 17 Moments in Soviet History Center for History New Media H

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