Dornier R 4 Super Wal: Spanish Fiasco.

Dornier R 4 Super Wal: Spanish Fiasco.

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).


A-8B Oxy Mask: Men are from Mars.

A-8B Oxy Mask: Men are from Mars.

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.

BFW M.35b: S I E M E N S.

BFW M.35b:  S I E M E N S

This elegant bird and his brothers were the last sport/training aircraft developed by Willy Messerschmitt before WW2. Not built it great numbers, the M.35’s were nevertheless serious performers; they won some sportive laurels in middle of the 1930s, like the male and female German Aerobatic Championships.

By the way, it wasn’t powered by BMW.

EE Canberra B.Mk 6: Not Cloud Nine.

EE Canberra B.Mk 6: Not Cloud Nine.

1958 Operation Grapple was just one of Great Britain contribution to Nuclear/Hydrogen bomb madness. Those series of tests undertaken at the Pacific -pacific indeed- included, as seen here, the dangerous close participation of men…. some paid/are still paying dearly for that.
Eery pic of a Mk.6 of the 76 Sqn RAF,an unit that “enjoyed” the proximity of those clouds.

Its American cousins had also that tendency.


Junkers Ju 52/3m: La Tía Ju Down South.

Junkers Ju 52/3m: La Tía Ju Down South.

Aeroposta Argentina had its roots firmly planted in the heroic French Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, the company of Mermoz, Guillaumet ….
Anyway, by the time this poster was made (1936 or later) Aeroposta Argentina’s control was in the hands of some Argentine nationals after the company had suffered serious financial problems. As we can see here they had turned to Germany in search of equipment and operational expertise. The “Tante Ju” more than filled their needs.