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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, June 5, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: Cold War Revisited

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo Aero Experience picks up our year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, sponsored by Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas, with a look at military trainers (now warbirds) from the Cold War era.  The yellow Temco TT-1 Pinto is one of only 14 produced and used briefly by the U.S. Navy after having failed to attain a contract from the U.S. Air Force for a primary jet trainer that was won by the Cessna T-37 "Tweet."  The Pinto was underpowered and lacked the safety margin of performance that would later come in the currently modified civilian Super Pinto with the more powerful J-85 engine.  Other trainers included here, used by the then-Soviet and eastern European air forces, include the Yakovlev Yak-52, Nanchang CJ-6 and Aero L-39 Albatros.  These and other aircraft used by America's Cold War adversaries can now be seen at many airports around the U.S., now replaced by newer types by these now former Soviet-bloc nations.  Also included are the U.S. and British aircraft used to maintain the Cold War balance of power - the former Royal Navy Fairey Gannet anti-submarine patrol/strike aircraft and the now-NASA Martin WB-57F high-altitude research aircraft.


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