A vertical take-off airliner: All was posible in the 1950s.

A vertical take-off airliner: All was posible in the 50's

Fantastic tilt-wing airliner design. The low wing position produced a very interesting landing gear geometry, just take notice of the nose landing gear length.

Really enthralling colour cutaway of the “Eagle” magazine, 1955.

Voisin Biplane: Flyin’ Squares.

Voisin Biplane: Flyin' Squares.

Hard to be precise with these biplanes. The Voisin brothers produced a long series of this kind of boxy biplanes, and as usual in them, used the name of the customer to denominate them. This one is, perhaps, a Farman, or a Delagrange, or…

Great artist’s work here.

Bristol Type 72 Racer: Chubby Art Déco.

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Completed in 1922 to demonstrate the potential of the household Bristol Jupiter engine, the Racer only proved how near the technological edge of the time this design was. The Racer was a sort of teardrop-shaped cantilever winged “barrel”. Built with a huge fuselage to house its big radial engine in a streamlined form; a huge spinner was employed to streamline the nose. Equipped with a retractable landing gear it was sure an audacious design for the era.
Test flights put things in their place when the design proved to be dangerous in its original shape. The wing flexed when the ailerons were activated. The wing was latter wire-braced but the ailerons continued to be a nuisance and the spinner produced also serious problems, including a inflight breakup. In the end even if The Type 72 was quite in advance of its time those problems terminated its development.

The Racer was certainly a head turner.

SNCASE SE 212 Durandal: Δ pour tout.

SNCASE SE 212 Durandal: Δ pour tout.

The Durandal was another example of France’s Delta Wing obsession during the 1950s. Not easy to recount in a few words the story of this neat aircraft and the labyrinthine design process that in the end produced the flying example. Anyway, the SE 212 ended as a lightweight mixed-power interceptor fighter that was cancelled due to the lack of operational design focus and because by that time other aircraft (Mirages) showed more potential.

Quelle petite beauté.