Superb photo of a “Candy Bomber” on a “precision drop” taken during the Berlin Airlift. A few years after American heavy bombers dropped some nasty gifts over there these four-engined cargo aircraft drops were more than welcome.
The stunningly explicit monument that commemorated the first Southern Atlantic Ocean Crossing in 1922. Belém, close to Lisbon.
Better than some allegorical artwork to me: the Fairey IIID was a masterpiece in itself.
Regrettably already without its rear defensive turret. Remember, the last B-52H was built 51 years ago.
This Salmson was one of the best and certainly one of the most produced French reconnaissance aircraft of WW1. A neat well-armed aircraft designed in 1916 to replace specially the British-designed Sopwith 1/2 Strutter. As its round nose denotes it was powered by the household archetypical 9Z engine -one of the rare water-cooled radials built in quantity. Manufactured in large numbers, the Salmson was used intensely in the war and belong.
It certainly had a cute nose.
Talking about elegance and proportions; nothing, repeat, nothing equals the early Spitfires’ perfection.
Anyway, this masterpiece of Gerald Coulson sure helps.
By now you must have guessed that I’m madly in love with the He 112; yet I’m not totally blind. The 112’s elegance has a “BUT” in my opinion: its wings looks to me just a bit too small.
Photo: González de la Fuente.
The G3M was one of the Imperial Japanese Navy AF main heavy land bombers at the start of WW2. First flown in 1935, the “Rikko” was designed to have the maximum posible range possible as a priority. To achieve such range Mitsubishi utilized Japanese proved formula: light-weight structure, weak defensive armament and lack armor/self-sealing fuel tanks.
Employed with success in China prior to WW2, these bombers were clearly obsolete by 1941 yet they continued to be used effectively during the early part of the war; paying a high human cost until they were transferred to less harzardorous duties.
Utterly Japanese style; a rain of death sweetened. OK, the G3M sure has a loooong range.but,….. Manhattan?!
The Super Wal, as its name denotes, was an enlarged version of the classic Dornier Wal. Powered by four engines instead of Wal’s two, the Super retained Dornier’s typical features. Built in modest numbers (around 20), they were like their ancestors both tough and workmanlike.
In Spain CASA built a unique Napier Lyon-engined Super Wal under license. Named “Numancia”, it was used in 1928 by Cte. Ramón Franco (the future dictator’s brother) in his around the World raid attempt. A raid that failed after just 1/2 hour of flight.
The Super Wals were imposing aircraft. In this magnificent photo we can see the “Numancia” floating gently moored on the Palma de Mallorca harbour with the cathedral in the background.
Photo: José Vila Coll (Francisco Andreu’s archives).
Two bomber crew of the 8th Air Force (the Mighty 8) around 1942-43, my guess. They’re wearing a mix of USAAF standard (B-3 jackets, B-6 winter flying helmet and stunning A-8B oxygen mask) and items acquired from the British (a Type B flying helmet and those hard-to-beat Mk.VII goggles).
I really love this photo’s composition and lighting.