Consolidated B-24J Liberator: Not just B-17’s.

Consolidated B-24J Liberator: Not just B-17's

The Liberator also employed the cool looking Sperry ball turret. But not always. Added equipment and armament drastically increased the weight of B-24s and their performances at high altitude, in particular, suffered. To combat this trend field commanders ordered the replacement of the ball turret by a pair of hand held .50 MG’s.

Photo: The Collings Foundation’s Liberator, the only restored flying B-24J in the world.

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Fokker D.VII (Replica): No digital FX here.

Fokker D.VII (Replica): No digital FX here.

Dramatic photo taken during the filming of the classic WWI movie “The Blue Max”. Reportedly during one of these takes the D.VII hit the camera. The cameraman was not hurt, but it proved to be low enough.

A pity it had a Gypsy Queen and not a Mercedes or a BMW engine.

Bellanca P-200A “Airbus”: The Flying $, sorry, W.

This unmistakable design evolved from an unbuilt record/raid aircraft design conceived in the wave of the Lindy’s 1927 fever. Characterised by Guiseppe Bellanca’s classic aerodynamically shaped triangular lifting struts, this version, the P-200A, was equipped with floats and operated as a wealthy people ferry service in New York City.
The relatively few Airbus/Aircruiser built were very efficient aircraft for their time. In fact, the more powerful models were considered the most efficient airlines in service.
Unfortunately in 1934 a change in regulations prohibited single engine passenger transport.That cut short the Bellancas life as airliners. The insatiable Canadian “Bush” made good used of them.

Splendid art by Steve Remigton.

Roy Scroggs’ “Last Laugh”: He didn’t laugh last.

Scroggs was a tailor by trade and so a layman in aeronautical matters, but he had grandiose thoughts about the way aircraft should be built. He even filed a patent. With those credential, Scroggs’ efforts were met with skepticism by the experts.The name of this aircraft reflect his vindictive mood. The Dart (also know as the “Last Laugh”) was a sort of paper dart-shaped aircraft powered by the well-known Curtiss OX-5. He believed its design would “conserve gasoline”, could be able to land in small places and be safer.
It was apparently test flown around 1929/30, but after that the trail got cool.