Legends of the East Part Six: Mikoyan and Gurevich’s MiG-3

In this next Legends of the East we tackle the history and story of Mikoyan and Gurevich’s MiG-3 fighter which rose to prominence during the first part of the war in the east. It’s advanced design and performance required a whole new approach for pilots and teething problems caused crashes and other issues yet the…

Legends of the East Part Five: Pe-2

Legends of the East turns to the Soviet Unions primary light bomber of WWII – the Petlyakov Pe-2. This twin engine aircraft was fast, tough, and sometimes difficult to fly but it was also built in large numbers and adapted for almost every combat role imaginable from reconnaissance to dive bombing. This is a piece…

Legends of the East Part Four: IL-2 Sturmovik

It’s time for part four of my ‘Legends of the East’ series focusing on both the history and the virtual representations of WWII era Soviet aircraft featured in the IL-2: Great Battles Series. The goal as stated in earlier version is to try and shed light on both the history and the use of these…

Legends of the East Part Two: Yakovlev’s Yak-1 and Yak-7

For the first aircraft in the series I focus on Yakovlev’s famous Yak-1 and Yak-7 series of fighter that is popular in the virtual skies of the IL-2 series. We’re going to look at this aircraft with an eye to everything from its history to its performance both in the real world and in the…