Aerial Landing Field: Slice off that sausage!!

Aerial Landing Field: Slice off that sausage !!

What to do with the dirigible mother ship concept (already in use with the USS Macon and Akron) and the perceived new possibilities offered by solar-power?
Answer: this emasculated dirigible with its landing “field” on top covered with Sun’s ray cells.

Modern Mechanix BOLD as usual.

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 those advantages though due to serious lack of funds and vague operational policy. The inadequacy of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) aerial assets didn’t helped either: the Sea Vixen entered service at beginning of 1960 after more than ten years of development. The US.Navy by then was introducing the redoubtable Mach 2 Phantom II into service.

The Senior Service didn’t even have a specific air-refuelling platform so it had to do with their own fighters. Not bad for a beggar; de Havilland trademark’s twin boom shape never looked better.


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

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

By the early 1950s the U.S. Air Force took the threat of Soviet bomber attack over theĀ  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 a total of 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 Soviet modern fighters being built when German invaded the USSR. This fighter family’s main drawbacks were it tricky handling qualities and their good performance in the the wrong envelope -it was an outstanding high-altitude fighter while the battles were fought lower. The MiG-3’s found nevertheless takers, specially by the SovietĀ Air Defence Forces (PVO) and at rear areas. To complicate things, its high-altitude engine was canceled due to the dire of 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