A short, but allas, very small in size video presentation.
Baisically, historical connections and the advert of the Honour Guard Company:
Some more pix
Last edited by SOF; 12-26-2008 at 02:19 PM.
Archive footage from 1939. The construction of the last modern (at that time) lithuanian aircraft ANBO - VIII and its maiden flight. Very rare.
Gee, thanks mate!! I've been fascinated by the ANBO VIII ever since I found mention of it on the web. I'd say it was in the same class as the Polish PZL P.23 Karas: Rugged, dependable, but rather outmoded by WWII standards.
It was faster than Karas, could climb faster and higher, take more payload, but yes, all wooden, without detacheble landing gear. probably an easy meat for the WWII fighters, although the max speed was quite good. In one forum it was compared with early Stuka models, and by some parameters it surpassed the german counterpart, however it is unclear whether ANBO could operate as dive bomber. If not the ocupation by the SU, the development could have started with the introduction of 60 aircraft at first.The british were interested in it, but then again - war and ocupation ended the fate of ANBO.
The entire class of single engined light bomber aircraft was a bit outclassed. They could operate efficiently only in conditions of friendly air superiority and always with fighter escort. Plus they lacked the armor protection and self-sealing fuel tanks necessary to increase survivability to enemy fire.
That's what i was saying - it was possible for further development and modernization - armouring, adding more powerfull engine etc. But the events of 1940 has left no hope for this.
If the airframe structure could take all that, it would undoubtedly turn out to be a formidable warplane, in the class of the Su-2 and others.
This this an airshow in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1939, August 14-15th, just before the war! Hitler and Stalin have already shared Europe, and here you can clearly see german, soviet and polish military representatives toogehter, quite amazing:
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Lithuanian army National Defence Volunteer Forces cavalry scouts training
And some more photos:
Aitvaras patrool in A-stan:
In older days:
Low level L-39
eerrr..repost of the CDS?
minute of rest:
Over a hundred Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian and US soldiers reached the top of Ljuboten(2,498m) near camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.