Dédalo carrier: Mighty little thing.

Dédalo carrier: Mighty little thing.

An interned German freighter of British manufacture ,the old Dédalo became in 1922 the first Spanish Navy carrier.It was a cute little thing with the very respetable capability to operate: 2 captive balloons,2 Italian S.C.A airships and around 20 seaplanes in his decks !!
An commendable first step,the Dédalo proved to be of great help in the Moroccan campaign,specially during the 1925 Alhucemas Landing.
Nice profile photo -sadly of low quality- that shows our subject with the S.C.A moored in the bow post and an assortment of seaplanes on the stern: Supermarine Scarabs on the back and Savoia S.16bis (and/or maybe Macchi M.18) at front…not sure.

The Dédalo anchored near Melilla (by the way,I did my obligatory military service there). A much better quality photo this time,She deserves it.

Fokker F.VIIb/3m: El Holandés Errante.

Fokker F.VIIb/3m: El Holandés Errante.

Anthony Fokker hit the jackpot when he decided to add two engines to his already superlative F.VIIa.These Fokker trimotors were the first really universal airliners,both trusty and efficient.
Operated successfullly all around the World, the Republican Spain’s L.A.P.E was not to be an exception.

Very cute redemption of El Holandés Errante/The Errant Dutch.Nicely done artwork.

Boeing B-52H “BUFF”: Fu_ _in’ GOOD !!

There’s still life in these “granny” bombers !!….let’s remember they are older,much older that their crews….and maybe their crews’ parents.

Awesome pic of a BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fu_ _ er) almost ready to land at Nellis durin’ this year -2013- Red Flag exercise.

U.S. Air Force photo by Caitlin Kenney

Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta: Spanish Arrow

Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta: Spanish Arrow

In the 1950′s Willy Messerschmitt like other WW2 German designers – Kurt Tank e.g- roamed around looking for a place to continue his work. He reached the then very “Germanophile” Spain where he helped in the design of the HA-100, a pretty neat piston advanced trainer. Using precisely the expertise learned with the HA-100 Hispano Aviación built the HA-200; Spain’s first turbojet powered aircraft.The Saeta (Arrow) was an advanced jet trainer powered by two Marbore engines. A very decent trainer and very decent performances, sadly, without commercial success. Only the Ejército del Aire (Spanish AF) and the Egyptians used them.

Stunning photo, nice angle. Its engine configuration was really something, totally cool.

NAA X-15: “He’s over 100 miles up”

I have just re-visited Richard Donner’s 1961 classic X-15 movie. Saw it when I was a little boy in my hometown cinema -no, I’m not that old: they put old movies there- a long time ago. What a day!. I found then the movie just awesome; except for those unnecessary and silly love/family stories…
After all these years my opinion remains basically the same.

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A cockpit equipped with one center-stick and 2 side-sticks, an aircraft of superlatives.

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My best actin’ award goes -obviously- to the X-15,but 100 miles?!?…..yeah,right.