Dassault Mirage IIIE: Down….Down Under.

Dassault Mirage IIIE: Down....Down Under.

A3-2 was a French-built E model initially used to test the specific IIIO modifications at France. Taken to Australian in 1965 this non-standard aircraft was used by the Australians also for trials and later for calibration tests.

An awesome aircraft wearing the famous RAAF Aircraft Research & Development Unit (ARDU) “Fanta Can” livery…..no explanation needed.

Some test here…

Farman F.3X / F-121 Jabiru: Ces drôles d’oiseaux.

Farman F.3X / F-121 Jabiru: Ces drôles d'oiseaux.

Farman’s products were a clear example of interwar French aviation trend towards…UGLINESS.
After a certain success with the civil conversion of the Goliath bomber,Farman became entralled with angularity and low aspect ratio wings and the Jabiru family was just a typical exponent.The F3X (F-121) was a stunningly ugly 4-engined (engines in tandem pairs) airliner built in meagre numbers.
In this pic a Hispano-Suiza 8Ac engined example used by the Farman airline at Schiphol.

They built some even uglier….

Mitsubishi J8M Shūsui vs Corsair: Illusory Sword.

Mitsubishi J8M Shūsui vs Corsair: Illusory Sword.

Dreamin’…this Japanese variant of the well-known Messerschmitt Me 163B didn’t shot down a thing.Neither the J8M of the Navy nor the Army quite similar Ki-200 or its derivated,the Syusui-Kay reached service.As usual in the Japan of WW2 the Army and the Navy procured different aircrafts or unnecessary variants of the same model -like in this case- to do basically the same roles.They fought each other almost as fiercely as they did with their foes…a blessing to their real enemies.

R.A.F F.E.2b: The Humble Warrior.

RAF F.E.2b: The Humble Warrior.

Designed in 1911 and still in use at the summer of 1918 as a night bomber,the F.E.2 was a clear example of the material malady that affected British RFC during almost all the Great War.
Granted,the F.E.2 was a robust and efficient aircraft in its own right,but it was more than obsolete against Albatri and Halberstadts.Only their crews’ guts and sacrifice allowed the RFC’s offensive stand.
By the way,a F.E.2 crew seriuosly wounded the renowmed Manfred von Richthofen….”not easy meat this time,Herr Baron”

Wonderfuly ghostlike pic of a b model in the night bombing role.