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 on: March 25, 2017, 05:39:48 PM 
Started by Massimo Tessitori - Last post by Massimo Tessitori
Hi Troy,
we discussed this plane a pair of years ago. If I remember well, it was said that the plane had been of Kozhedub as a La-5F, and then rebuilt as a La-5FN for Estigneev. The following photos should be related:


 on: March 25, 2017, 05:02:46 PM 
Started by Massimo Tessitori - Last post by Troy Smith
an interesting pair of photos
"Twice Hero of Soviet Union K. Evstigneev the plane of the collective farmer V. Konev"

lack of outline for the board numbers is interesting

full view

Twice Hero of the Soviet Union KA Evstigneev

coloured nose ring and the elevators full up, i think this is from having the seat belts tied around the control column to 'lock' the controls.
note also the slight sheen to the wing, cowl cowl band reflecting,  from polishing?

listed as being Hungary 02/1945

after posting I saw 66Misos posting on Soviet aces
here's the relevant page

the profile is interesting

would the slogan is only on one side of the fuselage?

 on: March 24, 2017, 10:01:10 PM 
Started by Massimo Tessitori - Last post by Massimo Tessitori
Hi Vlad,
very interesting photos.
The plane of the second photo looks to have a white band around the fuselage and a white spinner too.
Where can we see the photos of the MiG? Is it that winter camouflaged one?


 on: March 24, 2017, 01:27:48 PM 
Started by Massimo Tessitori - Last post by PG monster
Yak-7B, + 1 proof for 3 lines 146 iap
Oboznenko was the commander of 150 giap in 1943. So this is the 5th (known to me) evidence of the chevrons in 3 giak (and 1st evedense of the ring, hehe)

Also we got good views of Mig of 39 iad commander

 on: March 23, 2017, 06:31:56 AM 
Started by 66misos - Last post by 66misos
Hi KL,
interesting info Wink I found it somewhere described like 100A. I do not want agrue with Maslov, may be he is right. Note sharp shadows - plane was photographed during bright sunny day, but surface of the plane is homogenous grey, no bright shining od dark shadows on the wings/fuselage curvatures like here:

or more at
IMHO that SB looks more like light grey.

This should be finished profile of the late SB 2M-103A:


 on: March 23, 2017, 04:38:43 AM 
Started by 66misos - Last post by KL

here is my profile of Tupolev SB 2M-100A:

And this is photo of the original plane:

This plane is a SB 2M-103, not "Tupolev SB 2M-100A". It's one of those that Maslov calls "96th Seres"...   Lips Sealed

Plane was made in 1939, photographed on VVs NII Airfield in 1940. Maslov writes it was light gray, but considering time when made, it was probably silver.


 on: March 22, 2017, 08:44:02 PM 
Started by PG monster - Last post by Massimo Tessitori
Hi Vlad,
very well done.
Eventually, could you add one or two links to photos or to sites with the history of the unit to each sketch? It is a lot of work, but would help a lot.

 on: March 22, 2017, 01:35:16 PM 
Started by PG monster - Last post by PG monster
From different sources. The orders, if any avaliable.
About ftrs - mostly from famous Bykov.
Il-2 - from Massimo's pages.
Usually, I avoided to make a conclusion based on alone separate photo. The exclusions - when such photo supports the divisional/corps system (2 giap , 1 giap).

BTW Michal, thank you for that -

 on: March 22, 2017, 10:30:04 AM 
Started by PG monster - Last post by 66misos
Hi PG monster,
looks very nice page. Were does information about regimental marking come from?

 on: March 22, 2017, 05:31:59 AM 
Started by PG monster - Last post by PG monster
I started to translate
work in progress Smiley

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