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Moscows Air Defence Commander

KUBINKA AIR BASE, located some 50 miles (80km) west of Moscow is the home of the Proskurovsky Fighter Air Regiment. The Regiment is equipped with four operational types — the Su-27 Flanker, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Su-24 Fencer and Su-25 Frogfoot. It also has its own helicopter and transport support aircraft which include Mi-17 Hips and An-26 Curls , ond the base houses maintenance facilities for MiG-23 and ’27 Floggers.

Kubinka’s important secondary role came to prominence in 1956 when Western journalists were invited to the base to see a static display of the latest Soviet military aircraft, which included many hitherto

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More Details on Algerian AS 355Ns

FURTHER DETAILS arc now known which add to the previous report of a batch of new Eurocopter AS 355N Ecureuil 2 helicopters being acquired by the Algerian Air Force. Whilst the manufacturer has declined to provide details of the deal, due to customer sensitivities, sightings at the factory confirm that more than five helicopters are involved in the contract.

In addition to the five previously reported examples, a further three, 7T-WUW (c/n 5734, ex F-WQDS), 7T-WUY (c/n 5736, ex F-WWXE, F-WQDO) and 7T-WUZ (c/n 5737, ex F-WWXA, F-WQDP) were noted at the Eurocopter factory at Marseille-Marignane in June, being prepared

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MOON EXPLORATION

Zenith’s new Captain Grande Date Moonphase offers two complications in its manufacture movement. We go past the elegant exterior to see how well it works.

Since 2009, when Zenith got a new CEO, Jean-Frédéric Dufor, and with him a new emphasis on value, Zenith’s primary mission has been to produce manufacture-made watches for those who don’t necessarily have a year’s salary to spend on one. A good example is the Captain Grande Date Moonphase, introduced in 2011 at Baselworld. The stainless-steel version costs $7,000, and the rose-gold version can be had for $9,400 more.

What exactly can a watch lover

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MODEL HOME: A PROPOSITION BY MICHAEL LIN

Shanghai’s current metabolism manufactures a city of uneven pockets, in which glass skyscrapers overlook rooftop shanties and dusty building plots overturn low-rise back streets. The area around the recently opened Rockbund Art Museum, near the north strip of the Huangpu River, witnesses this patchwork urbanism.

Leading up to the museum’s entrance, a 165m-long scroll hangs, tracing a half-real, half-imagined panorama. Traditional in form, the scroll, Analogical City Made in Shanghai, announces the exhibition and visualises the prevalent paradigm of old as a backdrop to new.

Model Home is a display of a work – and a city – in progress.

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MOBILE SYNTHS

T ablet and mobile synthesizers are becoming increasingly ubiquitous and more capable, as developers find new and innovative ways to best utilise the touchscreen medium. For the most part we’re seeing the same kinds of high-quality synths that we find in the computer world, albeit with slightly larger controls.

As the iPad has developed, more and more companies are offering surprisingly complete DAWs in which multiple instances of instruments can be combined to create the ultimate, portable composition tool. This has taken a giant leap in recent months thanks to the release of Audiobus, which lets apps ‘talk’ to each

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MIDDLEWEIGHT MARVEL!

Suzuki’s GT550 confounded perceptions about two-stroke triples being classy and comfortable high-speed tourers. John Nutting tested three versions of the model in the 1970s.

While the top-of-the-range GT750 is rightly regarded these days as the epitome of the Hamamatsu factory’s stroker technology it wasn’t always that way.

Back when two-strokes ruled the roost at Suzuki a midrange model was snapping at the heels of the ‘Kettle’.

Suzuki’s range included three triples; the GT380, GT550 and the GT750, but the GT550 was my favourite. The two smaller models were air-cooled, and while the smallest was more nimble, the GT550 offered usefully

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McDonnell F-4 PHANTOM

— Spirit in the Skies by Jon Lake; World Air Power Journal, 232pp, colour, £19.95, hardback.

TAKE A BOW, Jon Lake. Why? It’s possible to spend any amount of money on aircraft books, many of which are of excellent quality. But this new volume on the Phantom must represent the best value £19.95 ever bought. Between the sturdy covers are a hefty 650 photographs, some beautiful illustrations and no fewer than a quarter of a million words, all of which is a massive amount of material for the price.

But we’re not just talking quantity here, because the quality is

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Marshalls Worldwide

Once regarded as a small UK aerospace company, Marshall Aerospace now looks increasingly towards international markets. AFM paid it a visit during May.

CAMBRIDGE-BASED Marshall Aerospace, situated at its company-owned airport, specialises in maintenance and upgrade work on large military aircraft. From humble beginnings as a motor company in 1909, the present-day Marshall Group embraces a wide range of engineering disciplines, from vehicle design and manufacture to advanced aerospace projects. Now, with funding for entirely new projects severely restricted, the importance of aircraft service life extensions through systems modernisation has assumed a greater than normal significance in recent years, for

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Estonian national costume.

National costume is formed for centuries. It is always reflected in the lives of the people most important: life and the uniqueness of particular perception of the world, centuries-old customs and artistic taste. Traditional clothing tells of some ethnic groups formed the people who were his neighbors. A change in the suit, backed by important historical processes? In short, we have a kind of monument to history and culture — and the most valuable.

Let’s first of all, admire the costumes, reproduced in the illustrations. Take, for example, note how he cut clothes reveals inner grace figure — male and

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POWER

Melt water lens EARTH

SOLAR ENERGY inexpensively and complexity can be used to accelerate the thawing of frozen soils in construction, SAYS NOVOSIBIRSK inventor.

90 percent of our territory covered soil frozen for six months. Almost all of the autumn — winter-spring season builders «fight» with the frozen ground, loosening its spending huge amounts of money (see. TS 3 79 «Insulated or explosion»). What’s more profitable: to somehow insulate the building site and prevent soil promerznut, already hollow and became frozen solid as a rock, earth, or to warm it before digging, as does the sun? Loosen the frozen ground

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