The Be-12 turboprop amphibian was designed by the Beriev bureau as a successor to the their household Be-6 flying boat. For its predecessor the Be-12 inherited just the gull-wind configuration and tail feathers, being in fact a totally different aircraft. First flown in 1960, the duties envisaged for the Be-12 were mainly anti-submarine (ASW) and maritime patrol aircraft. Built in moderate numbers, in service these amphibians have proved to be both rugged and adaptable. A handful of them are still, barely, in service in Russia and Ukraine.
Magnificent photo taken at the Irkutsk Aviation Repair Plant 403 factory airfield in 2001. The well-worn RA-00041 is one of the just four Be-12’s converted into fire fighting “water-bombers”.
Photo: Richard Vandervord.
An astonishing row of “Thuds”. Smokeless so far, but where there’s smoke…
Photo: LIFE Magazine.
The CH-21C Shawnee was the US. Army troop carrying variant of a design originally conceived by Piasecki as an Arctic rescue helicopter for the USAF. This tandem rotor design, Piasecki’s speciality, had also that peculiar shape which gave Piasecki’s choppers the sobriquet “Flying Bananas”. First flown in 1952, these robust piston-engined helicopters saw service with quite a few countries in various roles, both military an civilian. They were trusty assets, but still lacked sophistication and light and powerful turbine engines.
Superb -as usual- LIFE magazine photo of South Vietnam Army (ARVN) soldiers ready to board some US. Army “Bananas”. Yeah, I know, no American G.I. Joes here. Hey, I could not resist the word game with Bud Spencer’s movie.
Those Soviet early jet fighters could be crude and not very well-finished, but one thing is sure, they were tough.
An all-weather interceptor MiG-19 with two of its four Kaliningrad K-5 air-to-air missiles rails in sight. Exposed to the harsh elements it has acquired a lovely patina, don’t you think?
Considered by many as laid, I have always found the 170 just funny-looking. No make-up needed to appear in Disney’s “Planes”, methinks.
“Gorgeous” Royal Canadian AF example flying, as usual, with its nose slightly down. You could almost hear its pair of Hercules engines.
The “Jotas” are still fooling people. Not the first time I saw this particular image taken from the movie “Der Stern von Afrika” of 1957 passed as the real deal. Quite understandable. Not only because the Jota looks the part,… that original 7,92mm Rheinmetall MG-15 machine gun with its lovely spider sight sure helps.
Una preciosidad de foto.
This Australian Mirage IIID trainer (A3-105) crashed on April 24, 1984 after its undercarriage malfunctioned. Both pilots safely ejected. A very beautiful accident, if I may say so.
And this photo, well,….. Robert Mapplethorpe should have be proud of it.