And Deutsche Bundespost almost lost it…
The full story: War is Boring
That the Soviet-made R-3S air-to-air missile — better known in the West by its NATO-designation AA-2 Atoll — is a copy of the AIM-9B Sidewinder, originally developed and manufactured in the USA, is relatively well-known.
How it came to be … isn’t so well-known. It involved the mail.
Air transportation services were making mistakes back then at least as often as they make them nowadays, and thus Ramminger’s parcel first traveled from Frankfurt via Paris to Copenhagen, then back to Düsseldorf, before finally reaching Moscow – 10 days late.
I always enjoy seeing equipment from “the other side” in use.
And there’s this gem from The Dreamy Dodo. I’d love to know the where and backstory of this pic:
A Mil Mi-6 crew member comrade havin’ fun with a former totalitarian foe. The clock was already ticking for the USSR Communism too. How times flies.
A right side view of three Polish Su-7 Fitter-A aircraft in flight
So very 1950s Soviet design and still so very good looking:
I have this set as my homepage. Each day is a new aviation photo
From the same person and it deals with the automotive side of the house:
Company: Poland – Air Force Airport: Namest nad Oslavou (LKNA)
Type: Sukhoi Su-22 M-4 Fitter Country: Czech Republic
Registration/CN: 8920/28920 Date: May 14th, 2013
Camera: Canon Eos 60D Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Remarks: Exercise COMAO 2013. Home base 21.BLT(AFB) Swidwin.