Sunday, September 21, 2008

Russian military nostalgia

Saw this Yak and a similar Chinese plane together over Mount Laurel, New Jersey yesterday.

‘So you’re keen on aeroplanes? Cor, you’ll be sick as a dog once you get up there. Terrible things.’

Given how cruel the Russian military are in their own ranks (a man I used to know was conscripted into the Soviet army and ended up in a mental hospital after a few months) I imagine there’s not much to be nostalgic about, certainly true of the Soviet régime, but I’m still a sucker for these marvellous old-fashioned machines.

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