By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a sequence of terrible fighter varieties akin to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early levels of the warfare, and it used to be now not until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to achieve Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may perhaps 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to lookup. not like the German-built Albatrosen, which first and foremost suffered wing disasters in flight, the Oeffag airplane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. additionally they displayed enhanced pace, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the whole through the entire major Austro-Hungarian aces, together with Brumowski, Arigi, Kiss and Linke-Crawford, who fought Italian pilots in Hanriots and SPADs, in addition to British pilots in Camels and Bristol warring parties. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been first and foremost delivered to the eye of English-speaking readers within the Nineteen Eighties in the course of the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra examine has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and lots of unpublished pictures. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German files shape the root for an in depth reconstruction of the dogfights fought by way of the top aces. This painstaking learn permits many myths to be uncovered and blunders to be corrected. The booklet will hide using Albatros combatants at the Italian and jap Fronts, from the fighters' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of conflict. it's going to additionally chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with more information approximately their own historical past and their post-war lives within the countries born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire. a few forty nine pilots accomplished acedom in the course of international battle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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The Water War escalated still further following the activation of the National Pipeline, and this in turn meant that the IDF/AF played an increasingly important role from November 1964. The Syrian water diversion project was vulnerable to Israeli air strikes, and this led to it being repeatedly attacked in 1965–66. The IDF/AF destroyed Syrian fortifications, artillery batteries and heavy engineering equipment with these strikes. Syria’s sponsorship of PLO attacks on Israel during this period also brought the IDF/AF into play as terrorist targets were hit too.
101 Sqn Shahak callsign “Heavy 1”, flown by future ace Amos Amir, were taken during his November 14, 1964 engagement with a Syrian MiG-21. The black triangle indicator on the top right corner of each frame signalled that these particular images were exposed while the fighter’s trigger was depressed. Cannon shells can been seen exploding in the right and left frames as both the MiG-21 and Mirage IIICJ fly a gentle left-hand turn. LEFT A military delegation from the EAF is introduced to the CO of an IrAF MiG-21F-13 squadron – probably the 17th – in early 1967.
At 1510 hrs IDF/AF Intelligence detected four more SyAAF MiG-21s taking off, and five minutes later Israeli GCI started to track two Syrian “Fishbed-Cs” flying west at 22,000ft. By now the two Shahaks manning the CAP were from No. 101 Sqn, operating with the call-sign “Heavy”. GCI vectored them into position for a perfect head-on interception, but “Heavy 1”, flown by future ace Amos Amir, was unable to achieve radar lock-on. At a range of three miles he abandoned the radar lock option and started to visually look for the MiG-21s.
Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1: Aircraft of the Aces by Paolo Varriale