11 Funny Comics by Soviet Air Force Technician About His Life and Work

Funny Comics by Soviet Air Force Technician About His Life and Work

Posted on March 26, 2015 by tim

Valerie Medvedev was a Soviet air force technician servicing air force planes and jets. He finished pilot’s college in Russia but instead of being a real pilot he had to work on the ground for over eight years. Later he became a professor in one of the Soviet and then Russian air force universities. The images are pretty much awesome combining an artistic approach and the honest emotions of an officer who had to serve in the distant Russian air field during the late Soviet era. His depiction of planes is pretty much realistic and the people are more comic-like though his attention to the smallest detail – like uniforms etc is pretty much stunning. Also if you look on the top image there is a striped flag on the background – this was an official flag of the Soviet Air Force – it would be a motif on some of the further drawings you’ll see inside:

“Monday at work”

“Where is that freaking screw driver??”

“In my hometown its a season of apricots bloom already…”. Valerie has served in distant Northern airfield.

See here is a flag again, emanating right out of the centre of attention inside of the officer’s cafeteria.

During the duty hours time’s passing slow.


As you can see from his photos officers serving on such distant airfields had to live in pretty much primitive conditions – unpaved streets, village houses, cloth string with drying cloths and kids together with chicken. Also if you look on the ground there are pieces of military airfield pavement pilots used in their own homes to cover the puddles and dirt.

“We need an engineer!”

Technicians are happy – no flight today because of weather.

As you figured out probably all officers including Valerie were obsessed with women.


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11 Responses to “Funny Comics by Soviet Air Force Technician About His Life and Work”

  1. Maurizio says:

    Very beautiful pictures!!

  2. George Martin says:

    Does anyone know how to contact Valerie Medvedev? I would love to see if I could buy copies of these drawings from him.

  3. Waseem says:

    More Comics please

  4. WWtS says:

    Really nicely done. Makes me wonder if there are any books regarding the exploits of Air Force’s silent heroes, the ground technicians.

  5. Mister Twister says:

    This work speaks to me. It seems comic artists are the same in spirit, no matter where they live.

  6. Muzzlehatch says:

    Such levity was allowed in Soviet times?

  7. Tutan Camon says:

    “…those stripes of perforated metal on the dirt, then firewood to heat the house. Water was not available in taps – officers had to walk with buckets to the nearest street dispenser…” and street toilet.Very nice!Hundreds of millions dollars in jets and deadly rockets and peoples living in houses with wood heat and street toilets!!!Go on morons,spend much money on newest and deadliest planes and rockets!!!

  8. ed brown says:

    I think that the price of the rocket that was depicted on one of the paintings is greater than the total worth of this technician and his family. Had Russia efficiently invested its money into people, it could have become one of the richest countries in the world.

  9. Erik says:

    Wonderful insight in those drawings . Thank you

  10. George says:

    Great drawings, really enjoyed them. like the depiction of life in the military, posting from place to place with a family and the day to day grind.

  11. blkadder says:

    No matter which military one serves in, things are pretty much the same. I served in the USMC, and I know how he feels working on the aircraft. Thanks for posting.

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