Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune: “Old soldiers never die, they just go civy”.

Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune: “Old soldiers never die,they just go civvy”.

Aero Union’s Neptune air tanker ”Tanker 16″ bulldozing Gen. MacArthur classic quote.

Antoinette VII Monoplane: The heavenly loser (II).

Antoinette VII Monoplane: The heavenly loser (II).

Photo taken 27 July 1909 -two days after Louis Blériot’s historic crossing, Latham is seen here over the English Channel on his 2nd attempt. He was flying the relatively untested VII after his IV was seriously damaged in the 1st attempt. He ended in the drink again…., only a mile from the English coast this time.

Awesome contrast between the Antoinette and the escort ship “Harpoon”.

Dassault Mirage IIIRS: Negative & Positive.

Dassault Mirage IIIRS: Negative & Positive.

The Swiss started their association with the French Deltas with their controversial and very expensive custom-made IIIS -a very capable aircraft in its own right though. Anyway, they are not used to spend their money “happily” so extracted of their Mirages a long serving and profitable operational tool.

These pair of recon Mirages display their cute “canards”, the more evident improvement applied to prolong the Swiss AF Mirage fleet’s service life.

CANT Z.501 Gabbiano: What did you do in the War, Daddy?

CANT Z.501 Gabbiano: What did you do in the War, Daddy?

Sicily, Sept 1943. No. 3 (Kittyhawk) Sqn RAAF’s Pilot Officer John Hooke of Melbourne, suitably attired for service in the Mediterranean, rows quite content. He’s headed to the Italian Z.501 at the background. The Gabbiano was captured intact during the Sicily occupation. It was put in flying condition by the 3th Sqn RAAF, but sadly when in working order a spoil-sport ordered it to be handled to the Free French AF.

John W. Seddon’s Mayfly: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

John W. Seddon's Mayfly: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Seddon was a little known aviation pioneer who as a young RN officer designed and built an outrageous big tandem-biplane wing aircraft under the hopeful “Mayfly” name. Made in 1910 the Mayfly was conceived using a curiously ingenious arrangement of crossed loops and was powered by two 65hp engines which drove their two propellers through chains “a la Wright”.
The Mayfly never flew. In his later portrait Seddon seems to be thinking: “if I’ve only known this then…”

The Mayfly.