Category: Feature

Aviation Feature – The Aviation Enthusiast’s Guide to the London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympics seem to have been universally recognised as being among the best – if not THE best – Games ever. As well as putting the ‘Great’ back into the psyche of the nation, for the aviation enthusiast, the opportunities to see a number of rare types and new nationalities of aircraft were plentiful too, particularly in the run up to the 27 July opening ceremony.

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Aviation Feature – Avro Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ Open Cockpit Event, East Kirkby

Easter Bank Holiday weekend saw the first major event held by the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby, home of Avro Lancaster NX611 ‘Just Jane’. This was the inaugural Cockpit Day which the museum had organised, and, along with a number of taxy runs from ‘Jane’ and a Spitfire flying display, this was a fine way to round out the tail end of the ‘off season.’ Greg Marsh reports for GAR.

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Aviation Feature – Russia: Siberia Revisited – Pt 6, Oyok DOSAAF Airfield

Continuing his travels around Russia, Paul Filmer finds himself in Irkutsk, and a side trip to a familiar place visited three years previously, Oyak DOSAAF Airfield. DOSAAF in the Soviet days stood for “Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet” and was a paramilitary sport organization, concentrating mainly with weapons, automobiles and aviation. It was a sort of proving ground for youngsters before entering the military proper. In 1991 it was renamed the “Russian Defence Sports-Technical Organization” or РОСТО. Then in 2009 it was renamed yet again to DOSAAF Russia. As you will see from the photos, aircraft carry either POCTO or DOSAAF, depending on what era they were painted in. In essence it’s the same thing. The last time we visited I flew an An-2 with the rest of the party hanging on for dear life in the back, but this time the boss-man wasn’t around, as he was fighting a local fire with one of the An-2s from the field, and of course, this being Russia, if the main man isn’t around to make a decision, then no-one else can. Not much had really changed since my last visit, except the airfield had undergone a little tidy-up, with most of the disused An-2 airframes now lined up neatly in two rows. We were treated to a full-on engine test on RF-00362, which in its drab...

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