Fokker F.10A: Money can’t buy my love, but….

James B. Talbot, president of Richfield Oil, ordered for his own personal use this posh F.10A Super Universal in 1928. We can see it here overflying the brand new Los Angeles City Hall in 1929, the tallest building of that city until 1964.

Other times.


Beriev KOR-2 (Be-4): Enough, yet not enough.

The KOR-2 was a reconnaissance flying boat pushed forward in 1939 to replace the household problematic KOR-1. Starting really from zero, Beriev chose to design a totally different aircraft: a flying boat instead of a floatplane. First flown in the fall of 1940, the KOR-2 soon proved to be what the doctor ordered. Sadly, the production was just starting when the Germans invaded the USSR. Its production suffered the interruptions of evacuation and the paucity of the type demand by the Soviet Navy. They served mainly in the Baltic both land and cruiser-based recon roles. Only about 47 were built, the last one in 1945….less than fifty in four years. Must be a record.

Lovely photo of a possible “Cruiser-borne” KOR-2. It was that gorgeous.

Potez 840: L’élégance n’a pas été suffisante.

Great hopes, as usual, were put in this neat 1960’s French four-engined airliner/executive aircraft. With its up to 18-passenger the design was seen as posible DC-3 replacement -another one. Things seemed to going quite well at first, with some American interest of over 25 aircraft by Chicago based Turbo Flight Inc., but all came to nothing. There was even a proposal to built them in Ireland. Only 8 in total of three variants (with two engines types) were ever produced. A sad conclusion to Potez’s once proud name.

Four -4!, my friends- gorgeous Turboméca Astazou engines. No complains from me in this area.

Horten Ho VI: Reimar by Eduardo.

Not happy with his already magnificent Ho IVa, Reimar Horten decided to take its basic formula a step ahead. His spellbinding Ho VI of 1944 was an experimental nurflügel aircraft designed to further explore the potential of very high aspect ratio (AR) all-wing design against the best traditional sailplanes of the era. Not intended for series production, only two were produced. A pity.

The deceiving simplicity of Horten’s jewel as seen by my good friend Eduardo Alonso.