Repair, test, flight / 2017 12 14 /

T-28 Trojan / 2017 11 03 /

After the holidays - FockeWulf FW44 / 2017 08 23 /

The day before summer vacation / 2017 07 28 /

T-28 Trojan / 2017 07 26 /

Last week T-28 Trojan arrived for repairing.

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s ( First flight - 24 September, 1949 ). Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War. It has continued in civilian use as an aerobatics and Warbird performer.

It was produced during 1950 - 1957 ( total number built - 1,948 ).

Crew: 2
Length: 10,06 m / 33 ft 0 in Height: 3,86 m / 12 ft 8 in
Wingspan: 12,22 m / 40 ft 1 in Empty weight: 2,914 kg / 6,424 lbs
Powerplant: 1,425-hp Wright Cyclone R-1820-86 radial piston engine
Max. speed: 554 km/h / 346 mph
Cruise speed: 368 km/h / 230 mph
Range: 1,706 km / 1,060 miles
Ceiling: 10, 820 m / 35,500 ft

Sukhoi SU29 & FockeWulf FW44 / 2017 06 25 /

Company "Termikas" is a halfway between the west and the east - German and Russian aircraft meet in in our hangars.

In December 1922 Hugo Junkers and the Soviet Government signed a contract about the setup of an aircraft facility at Fili in Moscow. This facility should be used for the construction and maintenance of a basic fleet used by the Soviet Air Force. Junkers was responsible for the setup of the production facility, as well as for the design of several aircraft types, which were required by the Soviet Air Force. The first aircraft to be designed for the Soviet forces was a reconnaissance seaplane, for which the Soviet Government placed an order of 20 aircraft. Junkers started this design under the designator J20, also Type 20. To fullfill the Soviet request, Zindel and Mader decided to base their new design directly on the Junkers J11 seaplane design of 1918 and the first J20 was first flown already in March 1922. During the following months Junkers was engaged in the setup of the production plant at Fili and in November 1922 the first Russian built J20, now designated as Ju20, flew first at Leningrad. A total of 20 Junkers Ju20 were built during 1923 at Fili and were delivered to the Soviet Navy as reconaissance aircraft during that year.

Hoping that the German specialists would create with the USSR a base for aircraft and engine construction that matched the latest scientific and technological achievements, the Soviet leadership did not devote sufficient attention to the efforts of domestic scientists and aircraft designers. Up to one-third of the funds allocated for USSR aviation development went to Junkers. The Fili plant had a production area occupying 15,000 square meters and was the largest enterprise of its time. More than 1000 workers were employed there by early 1925 compared to just 5114 in the entire Soviet aircraft industry.

By the late 1920s and early 1930s, Germany remained the most active partner of the USSR in the aircraft industry. During that period, ready-made products and production licenses were bought from such well-known German companies as Dornier, Heinkel and BMW. Negotiations on technical assistance were held with several other German aircraft firms.

In the 80s of the last century, the USSR Ministry of Defense actively experimented with composite materials in the aviation industry. The only factory in the USSR producing composite gliders was our current "Sportinė Aviacija" ( "LAK Sailplanes" ), which became an excellent experimental base.The first composite glider BK-7 “Lietuva” ( BK-7 "Lithuania" ) was built in 1972. SUKHOI Design Bureau's engineers spent a lot time working here also.

Last week of May - Piper PA-28 & PZL-104 Wilga / 2017 06 05 /

Yak-52 before the flight home / 2017 05 23 /

Focke-Wulf Fw-44 Test Flight / 2017 05 12 /

Yak-52 Test Flight & Yak-18T Departure / 2017 05 05 /

Last Week - Cessna Departure / 2017 04 28 /

Focke-Wulf Fw-44 UPDATE / 2017 04 28 /

Started the engine.

Focke-Wulf Fw-44 / 2017 04 10 /

Focke-Wulf Fw-44 / 2017 02 21 /

Getting ready for the take-off in spring.

Maule M-5 / 2017 04 10 /

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