Ten years ago this month, I chanced into a flight on a Czech Mi-24, certainly a treat for any aviation fan. It was especially memorable for me because, just 6 years earlier, I had flown a series of patrol flights along the West German/Czechoslovak border. Czech air defense forces almost always reacted to the flights, usually with Mi-24s or L-39s. Their role was to keep tabs on us and shoot/force us down in case we crossed the border. (And we frequently operated within a couple hundred meters of the border which, depending on terrain and vegetation, was often indiscernible.) So it was quite a change for me when Czech Mi-24s changed from something that regarded me as a target to a remarkable ride at an airshow!
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Photo © Mark Carlisle
So please forgive the self-plug, but this picture has always been a favorite of mine and was the first shot I submitted to Airliners.net. (However, my 100% acceptance rate was not destined to last long!)
"That's so stupid! If they're so secret, why are they out where everyone can see them?" - my kid