The Junkers were the Prussian German-speaking aristocracy who controlled vast estates in what is now Eastern Europe. The story of that unhappy chapter of European history and how it got that way, is best to left to other writers on Medium.

Junkers J 1. Photo by Peter Grosz

In this case, we are talking about a long…


This is the last of a series of articles concerning the T-55 main battle tank in use wby the Sri Lanka Army. The columns take place as a conversation between the author and a retired officer of the Armoured Corps who prefers to remain unidentified. …


This series of articles about combat in the T-55 main battle tank with the Sri Lanka Army takes place as a conversation between the author and a retired officer of the Armoured Corps who prefers to remain unidentified. …


This series of articles about combat in the T-55 main battle tank with the Sri Lanka Army, takes place as a conversation between the author and a retired officer of the Armored Corps who prefers to remain unidentified. …


This series of articles about combat in the T-55 main battle tank with the Sri Lanka Army, takes place as a conversation between the author and a retired officer of the Armored Corps who prefers to remain unidentified. …


Kansas

The state of Kansas is located in the geographic centre of mainland USA. In the heart of the ‘Great Plains’ and bordered on the northeast by the Missouri River, Kansas is known for many things: as the ‘breadbasket’ of the USA, growing more wheat than any other state; location of…


Flying the DC-3/C47 with the SAAF by John Cawood

My good friend and former colleague John Cawood, who was born in South Africa, enlisted in the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1982. John flew the Douglas DC-3 Dakota for the SAAF’s 35 Squadron during the last year of his service. The Dakotas, mainly military surplus C-47s, were the…


The immortal DC-3

Donald Douglas’s immortal creation changed the world of aviation, as readers of Propliners are aware. This journal is an enthusiast of the DC-3 Dakota (see here), which was the first aircraft to prove that flying passengers could be a commercially viable business rather than the indulgence of enthusiasts or the…


Electric power holds promise of a new era

Propeller-driven aircraft, the focus of this blog, have been roaring their way across the skies for more than a hundred years. Elegant, useful and amazing pieces of engineering they might be, but it has to be admitted that they are also noisy and spew pollutants wherever they fly.

But help…


Propliners guest column continues…

It was the summer of 1971and a war was brewing in South Asia. Pakistan had been created as a Muslim majority country when British India gained independence in 1947, but it was a bifurcated state. East and West Pakistan, though one country, was geographically divided with a large swath of…

Suren Ratwatte

I love airplanes. As an airline captain I flew many including the A380 and Boeing 777. But wish I’d had the opportunity to fly some of these old propliners.

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