The lovely preserved D.XII D.XII of the Museum of Flight,Seattle. Just take a look at how amazing those WW1 German aircraft were. The Lozenge camouflage under the wings is pure ART with capital letters.
This B-1, flown by Feldwebel Otto Polenz, was captured in Dec 1937 at the Spanish Guerra Civil. Being a quite advanced design it was tested in Spain by a French commission (the great “Kostia” Rozanoff flew it) and later sent to Soviet Union in Feb, 1938. The B-1 was evaluated by the NII VVS (Russia Air Force research institute) where it was flown among others by another great: Stepan P. Suprun.
As we can see here not only the Spitfire & Hurricane used those lovely spade grips, in this case the KG 11 grip model.
Really beautiful drawing of a very confident “space pilot”. He wears a capstans equipped partial pressure suit (David Clark’s type) and uses a US. Navy APH-5 flight helmet/ MS22001 oxygen mask combination. Let’s hope his spaceship will not suffer a catastrophic loss of pressure; he would be doomed wearing that outfit.
Artwork by Fred Freeman.