In fact, the B-58’s form of pre-recorded female voice warning system provided by Nortronics Division of Northrop Corporation was recorded by actress and singer Joan Elms, not by Gina Drazin. The crew referred to that voice as “Sexy Sally” or as “The (Old) Bitch”…. since she always brought bad tidings.
Photo taken from the July 1962 issue “Popular Science”.
A pair of clean F1CR‘s returning “ensemble” to base with the usual panache. Not Deltas, but who really cares.
Over Mareeba, Queensland. March 18, 1944. Sublime photo of No. 5 (Tactical Reconnaissance) Squadron RAAF (of course) “U-Beaut 2”, a CA-13 Boomerang (A46-128) piloted here by F/L D. H. Goode. Info source.
With the cockpit canopy gloriously open. I only miss some pineapple.
This was Pavel Sukhoi’s OKB first attempt into the jet aircraft design. Conceived as a purely research aircraft in late 1942, this dandy artifact had an annular intake scoop placed the fuselage just behind its teardrop-shaped cockpit capsule. The nose section would have housed both the cockpit and a fuel tank, and was to be attached to the larger diameter central fuselage by four pylons. The central fuselage was to contain the “half-step” composite jet engine: a classic air-cooled engine -with an oil cooler- driving a pair of co-axial propellers was employed to supply compressed air to a sort of jet engine’s fuel injection/combustion chamber placed in the tapered tube. Complex enough?. The project never left the drawing board.
Very Soviet style artist’s impression of the subject. It could have been really something.
This magnificent photo depicts a dorsal fin fillet-less early P-51D-5-NA (44-13366) just off the production line on a test flight near its birth place, the Inglewood North American plant (California) in 1944.
Slick it sure was. Photo: LIFE.
Some sort of ultra low-aspect ratio experiment undertook by the Japanese in the 1920’s(?). They took this Nieuport 24 (or Nakajima type Ko 3) fuselage and equipped it with this bizarre, and I mean bizarre, wing structure. Sadly, the photo came with no really trustful data.
A Typhoon Mk IB photographed by Flight magazine before its delivery to the RAF in April 1943. Exhibiting its gloriously aggressive lines to advantage; nice way to show us its 12in black and 24in white bands. As I’ve commented before, one of the Typhoon’s problems -especially in early service- was that it was easily mistaken with the Fw 190. This was the solution.