Friday, January 15, 2010

A Cold *REALLY* Cold War Air Museum Day

Texas has mostly good, temperate weather throughout the year (and lots of flat empty land). For that reason, many bases and flight schools were located here during the cold war years. Sometimes however we have a cold spell. Last Saturday the weather got down into the teens (-10c).

Although we had planned to fly several aircraft to another airport, the event was canceled because the kids (and adults) at the other airport proclaimed it to be "too cold" to look at cold war aircraft. We were happy to reschedule the flight for warmer weather and happy that we have other aircraft on display indoors at the Cold War Air Museum. Since the aircraft were out and ready to go, we made some local flights with those that braved the cold of the day.

Jon showed up early to get the L-39 ready.
Any excuse for Jon to wear his Ushanka hat is a good excuse for Jon.

Tracey, a multi-engine, instrument rated commercial pilot, flew with Jon. Her boots were a hit and complimented her ZSH-7 Helmet (and Jon's hat).

On cold days, there is a noticeable increase in the jet's performance.

The Mi-2 also flew.

Our friend Miguel took pictures on this (Cold) Cold War Air Museum day. To see more of his photos, visit his Flikr page.

- A day in cold war history -
January 14th

The first flight of the MiG-17 (Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-17) occurred on 14 January, 1950. The design was a direct descendant of the MiG-15 and direct predecessor to the MiG-21, MiG-23 series. Worldwide production exceeded 10,000. Originally a cannon equipped day fighter, it was replaced by supersonic, all weather aircraft.

1 comment:

  1. Everybody makes fun of my hat... until the temperature drops below freezing. :-)