South African anniversaries

AS THE SOUTH AFRICAN Air Force Museum celebrated its opening to the public at Swartkop on May 15, special markings were the order of the day with two SAAF types attending. A full-blown airshow included demonstrations by a Cheetah E from Louis Trichardt and the only flying Mirage IIICZ on SAAF inventory, 809 — presumably from the Flight Test and Development Centre at Bredasdorp. A rarely seen Boeing 707 tanker from 60 Sqn at Waterkloof made a fly-by ‘towing’ three Mirage F.1AZs from Hoeaspruit. The event also marked the ‘official’ return to flying status of the SAAF Museum’s Historic Flight

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Russians Big Boys Toys

The Russian Federation has a great many military vehicle and equipment museums, more than most people resident in the country can easily visit on the , occasional weekend off, never mind tourists on a restricted timetable. One of the “must sees” in Russia for the military vehicle enthusiast is however the Artillery, Engineer and Communications Forces Museum in St. Petersburg, which rather handily is located in perhaps the most tourist-friendly city in the Russian Federation, with its canals, palaces, museums and art galleries; and small and relatively economical tourist hotels.

Better still, the city is small enough that one can

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Parrish Art Museum

The architectural firm of Herzog and de Meuron, which has now been operating long enough to be almost ‘old guard’, remains nonetheless one of the most reliable sources of original and gently challenging architectural form anywhere. Having burst onto the scene — at its more conceptual edges — many years ago, it has matured into one of a half dozen ‘go-to’ offices for major cultural commissions of the type that demand buildings of significance, stature and Intellectual depth. Never short of Innovative approaches or applications, from siting to massing to materials, Herzog and de Meuron deliver buildings always worth paying

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Sniper snapshots

Year of birth of photography is considered to be 1838 minutes, and exactly a century after the invention of the Frenchman Daguerre his daguerreotypes (under the title picture, and became known to the world), in 1938, Far photographer Nick Shkulin made his picture «Raising the red flag on the hill Zaozernaya» which I walked almost all the publications of the Soviet Union …

…Few of the environment Nicholas knew that in his youth he performed in the circus. Born in the city of the future Photo-master Vladimir. It was orphaned early. In order to somehow feed themselves, prepared acrobatic number

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Horniman Museum

With its over-sized, over-stuffed walrus, jellyfish with knotted tendrils, and quirky world music gallery, the Horniman Museum and Gardens is held in real fondness by south Londoners.

As well as it being a great place for children, it’s an architectural landmark. So anyone planning to add to that architecture would have to think long and hard.

Its founder Frederick John Horniman was a Victorian tea trader, philanthropist and avid collector, whose mission was to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. His eye was particularly caught by wildlife – there’s a large natural history gallery where the walrus resides – and

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Hidden Gems… Maidstone Museum

This feature aims to be the first in a series of articles hoping to draw the reader’s attention towards some of the UK’s hidden gems; collections of military antiques on public display that are not so well known, but still worth a visit. The first to be featured is the collection of Royal West Kent militaria held in Maidstone Museum.

The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment was part of the British army from 1881 to 1961 when the 50th (Queen’s Own) Regiment of Foot was amalgamated with the 97,h (Earl of Ulster’s) Regiment of Foot, although its distant origins

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Exhibition Opens at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

News of the opening of a new exhibition in a military history museum is always of interest to enthusiasts and militaria collectors who are keen to see displays of items and learn more about the aspects of a campaign or battle. The new display which opened at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in Somerset on 11 July tells the history of the campaign known as the Battle of the Atlantic and when The Armourer was invited we eagerly accepted and went along to see for ourselves.

The Battle of the Atlantic can be said to have begun on

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Danville Tank Museum

By my count, I’ve visited close to 400 military museums of different sizes and shapes in three or four-dozen countries, but the American Armor Foundation Tank Museum in the small town of Danville, Virginia, is one for the books. Danville (population 43,000), on U.S. Highway 29 in rural southern Virginia is hardly where you’d expect to find a world-class tank museum.

Tucked away under some trees, the museum boasts an impressive collection of 118 vehicles, which includes tanks, armoured personnel carriers, armoured cars, and tracked and wheeled artillery. Throw in some mobile anti-aircraft guns, a smattering of amphibious vehicles, Jeeps,

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Cobbaton combat collection

MMI made a return trip to what must be one of the largest private collections open to the general public in the UK

While I’m sure that there are private collections of military vehicles and assorted military memorabilia that are than the collection to be found at the Cobbaton Combat Collection, few of them open their doors to the public as a museum on a day-to-day basis, indeed Cobbaton is more like a private collection that just happens to be open to the public than a museum.

Thankfully Cobbaton does open to the public, and owner and frunder Preston Isaac,

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Zakharovo — big Vyazemy.

At the beginning 1987, the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR issued a decree on the establishment of the State Historical and Literary Museum-Reserve Pushkin «Zaharovo — Big Vyazemy.»

Reflecting on how and why Zaharovskaya and Vyazemskij monuments predetermined Pushkin’s work, can not help recalling the words of the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery: «Learning does not have to write and see. Writing — is a consequence. » Creative insight Pushkin — a direct consequence of the process of becoming unknown to us not only of artistic vision, but Providence held at the earliest, the complex and critical childhood, which

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