Thursday, May 26, 2016

WW1: Russian Fighter Pilot In Color


Colorized photo of a Russian pilot in front of his plane in 1916. It truly is amazing not the technological advances in fighter planes since WW1, but the cost and boondoggle that they have become. There is the fight over design, requirements, funding, needs, project timeline and then the counter programs to measure if it is needed and we can't just keep using the current generation of fights. This pilot's plane was state of the art in 1916, but far simpler in design and far cheaper.

Have you read about the F35, its problems, or that it kills pilots who eject? Can it even beat the F16? Think of what Ilya up there needed with his propeller powered plane, and consider what we want from ours. Night and day. Needs change and the reasons, true and fraudulent, behind the needs change as well.

Great jacket.

3 comments:

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

"Great jacket"

Indeed. And I bet it didn't cost $400,000, either.

Portlander said...

3rd generation. They can't build a better plane, but they can play politics over the money to build a better plane.

Nick B Steves said...

Are you sure the picture is colorized?

"Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images."

http://archive.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html