Saturday, August 1, 2015

The plane that can fly backwards

In early April, North Korean media unveiled a new camouflage scheme for one of its most important military aircraft. The supreme leader himself, Kim Jong-Un, was seen on television footage at the controls of one of the spruced-up examples. But this was no sleek and nimble jet fighter — it was a 1940s-era biplane that looks like a tractor with wings. North Korean An-2s could be used to fly low and slow over the border to drop commando teams behind South Korean lines — so low that they would be difficult to pick up on radar.

The Antonov An-2 proudly displayed by the North Korean military is now painted green on top and blue on the bottom, a color scheme that makes it difficult to see, both by planes flying above and observers on the...

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