Wittemann-Lewis NBL-1 “Barling Bomber”: Great Dream.

Wittemann-Lewis NBL-1 “Barling Bomber”:  Great Dream.

This enormous thing was one of the many venues explored by the omnipresent Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell to prove his theories about the use of airpower in the interwar period. A failed one. The Barling Bomber turned out to be an unsuccessful bomber, being both underpowered and just too big. Mitchell’s detractors called it the “Mitchell’s Folly”. The NBL-1 had anyway quite advanced features and all wasn’t wasted. It was used in various record attempts with some success.

Lovely sepia photo.

Boeing Vertol 107-II: The Groovy Sixties.

Boeing Vertol 107-II: The Groovy Sixties.

One of the iconic New York Airways’ 107-II giving a Ford Mustang “rotary wings” (a Pegasus, maybe?) at the Big Apple in some sort of publicity Stunt.
Interestingly this very 107-II, and all the other surviving New York Airways Boeing Vertol 107s, are owned by Columbia Helicopters, a company that has purchased the Type certificate of the Model 107.

DeKellis-Olson Air Truck: Dumpy Tri.

1957 DeKellis-Olson Air Truck: Dumpy Tri.

This is Mr. Thomas E.DeKellis’ idea of the perfect crop duster aeroplane. Not satisfied with the modified aircraft then available, he thought an triplane design would do better a better job. With that formula he intended to improve both maneuverability and carrying capacity. As a plus, those qualities were perfect not only for a duster, but also for a heavy duty light cargo aircraft. He was ambitious…
All in all, only this prototype was built with BT-13 surplus pieces by mechanic Alan Olson in 1957. Flown and soon forgotten.

It sure looked like an old abused mule.

Dornier Do X: Hopes & Realities.

Dornier Do X: Hopes & Realities.

One of the largest and the heaviest aircraft of the interwar years, the Do X became a victim of its own gigantism. Built with all the amenities of a luxurious cruiser, it was nevertheless seriously underpowered and with certain dubious technical features.
So it is no strange the Do X achieved only some quite useless records and a turbulent transatlantic test flight to New York. Due to its feeble commercial possibilities it ended as an enormous “show the flag” freak.

Nice photo angle of the first Do X (two more were built on orders from Italy) with its later engine configuration: twelve (yeah, 12) Curtiss Conqueror engines.

You’ve got to love it.