Dassault Mirage IIIEE & Aeroplano Olivert-Brunet: Caged.

The two very different aircraft exposed inside the Principe Felipe Science Museum (City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia). With the biplane named after him Juan Olivert Serra undertook the first motorised flight in Spain in Sep 5. 1909 (Paterna, Valencia). The other name carrier by this pioneer biplane was the one of its designer: Gaspar Brunet Viadera.
The Mirage IIIEE (C.11-7/111-4) has a long experience in this matters. Severely burned years ago, without loss of life thankfully, this Mirage was cosmetically repaired and placed on a pylon, close to an old Sabre (this one) in a prominent place at the Manises Air Base. After the Manises AB closure it “flew” to its actual placement. Poor little things…., not a fan of Calatrava’s “cloned things”.

By the way, this just “out of the oven” awful photo is mine. Be merciful.

Yakovlev Yak-141: Fork-Tailed Beast.

The Yakovlev company has the honour of being the producer of the second Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) fighter. Even worse, their Yak-38 was an interim second-best effort and they knew it. So when the time came, in the middle 1970’s, to create a replacement they attacked it with a vengeance. The supersonic Yak-141 (originally it was called Yak-41M) was anything the Yak-38 wasn’t: powerful, well-armed, well-equipped and gorgeously nasty-looking. Sadly, it was born (first flight in 1987) when the USSR was on its way to the history books. When the State funding dried Yakovlev tried to save their brainchild with a collaboration with the Lockheed company, but in the end all came to nothing. Only four were built.

Fires in the holes while its hovers at the 1992 Farnborough Airshow  (my guess). Such an amazing photo. With its twin pod tail (to put the main engine nozzle in its appropriate place to the centre of gravity) the Yak-141 was an aircraft with character….and those MNPK Soyuz R-79V-300  main engine and two RKBM RD-41 lift engines. Brutally magnificent.

Bell P-59A Airacomet: “A fighter?!….., Are you sure, Sir”.

The Airacomet has the honour of being the first United States jet fighter aircraft to enter service…, with a “little” help from British jet engine knowledge. Bell was the company chosen for this endeavour for its usual innovative ideas, but mainly because its was the least busy of the big aeronautical companies. Entering a new era, Bell chose to be prudent, too prudent in fact: their Airacomets were big, cumbersome, heavy and underpowered. When first flown in Oct 1942 it became soon obvious the performances achieved were, in fact, worse than the latest piston engined fighters. The very few of them produced never saw combat and served firstly as trainers.

Pot bellied things they were. Anyway, they sure have a serious punch with those three .50 HMG’s and 37 mm cannon.

Junkers Ju 52/3M: Peaceful flying Drakkars.

The Scandinavian Air Express saw the light at the end of the 1920’s as a joint venture between KLM  (Royal Dutch Airlines) and ABA  (AB Aerotransport) joined later by Aero O/Y. Their intention was to cooperate in services to France and UK, later, when Aero O/Y joined them, they extended the operations to Sweden and Finland. World War 2 put an end to that well-conceived enterprise.

Magnificently Art Deco poster. Those Ju 52/3m floatplanes should have come handy in “The Land of a Thousand Lakes”.