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.
The little-known “SPS” variant was, in fact, the East German designation for their MiG-21PFM.
The heroics behind this superb photo are related here. Russian sturdiness in practice. A sad, yet powerful image.
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?
The Soyuz-Apollo in Earth orbit just before became a “complex” as seen by one of its stars, the Soyuz commander. Alexei Leonov was our first “spacewalker”. In addition, he is a really multifaceted Renaissance man…, funny too.
A Russian Mavy Tu-142MK long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft intercepted by some Royal Danish AF F-16A MLU’s this last summer (Aug 2017). Majestic aircraft and photo (video), however, I can fell the shivers of a Cold War reprise.
The utterly magnificent Aurora Model’s MIG-19 model box cover circa 1955. Such was the lack of information about the first Soviet supersonic fighter the people of Aurora had to use their imagination quite wildly. Their “MiG-19” was only transonic and very German, a sort of Ta 183 spin-off. Granted, the Russians, and many others, used and abused of German technological know-how, but to use an almost carbon copy of a ten years old design pretending to pass it as the latest most advanced enemy fighter….
By the way, I have a sister called Aurora.
Aviaexport V/O, then and now, engages in the export of civilian aircraft related products from the USSR, now the Russian Federation.
As we can see in this advertisement, they tried to sell their problematic Tu-144 from the very beginning. There were no takers.