Tag Archive: 2015


EC-635 at Axalp 2015

Eurocopter EC-635 (now Airbus Helicopters H135M) is a military version of the popular EC-135 helicopter. Swiss Air Force is the only European user of this variant. It is a multi-role helicopter used for anything from troop transport and reconnaissance to search and rescue ops and cargo transport. EC635s replaced Alouette IIIs in Swiss Air Force and most of them were built at RUAG plant at Alpnach.

EC-635’s role at Axalp fliegerschissen is surveillance of the shooting range as well as search and rescue.

The following photos were taken on Tuesday, October 6th 2015.

Imperial War Museum London

London has many museums – MANY! A lot of them are free to visit. But unfortunately time was our enemy on this trip and we only visited one – to sooth the military historian living inside me.

While the Great Britain has a rich military history spanning hundreds of years, the collection of this museum represents mainly the military history of 20th and 21th century.

Top floor hosts a collection of Victoria Cross recipients, next two floors host Holocaust exhibition and understandably, photography is not allowed in this sections. Here’s just a glimpse of a few exhibits.

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Immediately upon entering the museum, we are greeted by the largest exhibits – the famous jump-jet BAE Harrier Gr.9A…

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1:1 model of the famous Battle of Britain fighter Spitfire…

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And Hitler’s terror weapons – the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket (in the background)

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88mm flak – heavy German anti-aircraft gun that shot down many allied planes and was equally dangerous against soft ground targets.

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Rolls-Royce Merlin engine – a remarkable piece of engineering.

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Remains of a World War 2 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter

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Pieces of steel beams from the New York’s World Trade Center.

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Remains of a car, presumably a Mercedes S-class, that was located near the explosion of an IED in Iraq.

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AM.39 Exocet – French built anti-ship missile that was responsible for the sinking of HMS Sheffield and several other ships at Falkland Islands in 1982.

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A walk through the “trenches” of World War I.

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