my 'web' home-- Red
I am historian and profile artist Erik Pilawskii. Red Banner was launched in 2011 to serve as a parent vehicle for my aviation related activities, attempting to incorporate these 'under a single roof' (as one might say). Whether it's Warbird Colour Services, profile art posters, scale line drawings, archival work, book editing or self-publication which takes your fancy, you should find it here.
Please use the main subject category buttons, above, to navigate the site. News, features and highlighted items will appear below. I hope you enjoy your stay....
Training Aircraft, Part 3: Civilian U-2s
Update and Expanded Discussion of VVS Colours, Paints, Lacquer Properties
Agfacolor (and other) Photo Analysis
Training Aircraft of the VVS: Part 2, the UT-2
Training Aircraft of the VVS-- Spitfire UTI Schemes
The I-15bis Colour Mystery
Training Aircraft of the USSR: Part 1, the UT-1
The BOK-5, I-Z, Stal'-6 and various munitions [FAB-50, RS, etc]
USAAF photography of VVS aircraft during Operation Frantic
For those new to the topic, some basic introductory information is available on WW2-era Soviet Air Force camouflage and markings, to include digital colour chips.
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