de Havilland Sea Vixen F.A.W.1: Beggars can’t be Choosers.

de Havilland Sea Vixen F.A.W.1: Beggars can't be Choosers.

The British were the pioneers in the adaptation of carrier aviation to the jet era with the invention of the angle deck, steam catapults and the Optical (mirror) landing system. They couldn’t capitalize that advantage though because serious lack of funds -the Senior Service didn’t even have a specific air-refuelling platform- and vague policy. The inadequacy of its aerial assets didn’t helped either: the Sea Vixen entered service at beginning of 1960 after more than 10 years of development. The US.Navy by then was introducing the redoubtable Mach 2 Phantom II into service.

Not bad for a Beggar… de Havilland trademark’s twin boom shape never looked better.

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Northrop F-89D Scorpion: The Multi-Sting.

Northrop F-89D Scorpion: The Multi-Sting.

By the early 1950’s the U.S. Air Force took the threat of Soviet bomber attack over the Pole seriously. One of the idea to counter that was use the know how in  air-to-air rocket taken from  the Germans after WW2. Developed from the German R-24 air-to-air rocket,the Mighty Mouse Fold-Fin Aircraft Rocket (FFAR) saw service with the F-86D, F-94C and the Scorpion. One variant of Scorpion was the heavier armed of the three with its 104 FFARs placed in the nose of its tip tanks.
All Scorpion’s rockets could be fired at once in…..4/10th of a second !!

A well-dressed Scorpion rider  (with the David Clark’s unmistakable partial-pressure suit) showing the deadly business end of the F-89D to a pair of very attentive Canucks. Classic style drawing of the era.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3: An engines’ question.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3: An engines' question.

The MiG-1/3 was the less successful of the three modern fighters being built when German invaded the USSR.Not the easiest to fly and with good performance in the the wrong envelope -it was an outstanding high-altitude fighter when the battles were fought lower-,the MiG-3 were nevertheless used,specially by the PVO and at rear areas.Its engine was canceled due to the dire Sturmovik’s engine demands and that meant the end of its production.

Powerful pic of one of the three Aviarestoration’s restored MiG-3’s…..powered by an American Allison engine