Douglas C-54 Skymaster: Winnin’ Hearts & Minds.

Douglas C-54 Skymaster: Winnin' Hearts & Minds.

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.

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Fairey IIID: Portuguese Navegantes (II).

Fairey IIID: Portuguese Navegantes (II).

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.

Salmson 2 A2: All in the Family.

Salmson 2 A2: All in the Family.

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.

Mitsubishi G3M “Rikko”: Dream a huge dream.

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?!