The Ki-51 was one of the trustier Imperial Japanese Army AF light/attack bomber during WW2. Of very classic -too classic, maybe- “Japanese” configuration these planes proved to be quite vulnerable, slow yet very maneuverable. Curiously the Ki-51 is one of the very few Japanese aircraft which underwent few modifications during its service life span. They undertook their missions with the typical Japanese stoicism. Operated all around, but specially in the China-Burma-India theatre, they proved efficient and quite adapted to rough operational conditions.
In this superb photo – note the awesome rotors symmetry-, a Japanese license-built Boeing Vertol 107-II airliner shows how handy these choppers still are. Your barge needs a tow?
Designed by the Austrian Igor Etrich and first flown in 1910 the Taube (Dove) was manufactured by around 14 different companies. At the beginning of the Great War it became the epitome of Central Power aviation. The war showed early on its limitations and the Taubes were soon removed from front line service and relegated to training new pilots.
Curiously its wing shape wasn’t designed with the dove wing in mind,it was really an interpretation of the Alsomitra (Zanonia) macrocarpa seed shape.
Kurt Tank’s Ta 152H was the last and the best expression of the Fw 190 family. Designed as a high altitude interceptor, this stylish aircraft proved to be a redoubtable fighter in the hands of a good “jagflieger”. Regrettably for Germany both pilots Ta 152’s were scarce at the end of WW2.
“Nine Grün” was flown by a really good Jagflieger though, Willy Reschke, an ace and Ritterkreuzträger (Knight Cross holder) of the JG 301. In this awesome drawing Reschke is depicted bringing down a “Viermot” (four-engined aircraft), his speciality: 20 of his 27 victories were heavy bombers.
The wonderful times of colourful liveries and club ambient have came to close. With the 1938 Munich Crisis the camouflage returned in force. By that time the 43 Sqn elegant Furies were long obsolete.
The suit doesn’t make the man, some said…they tried to look fit though.
Born just after the end of WW2, the long defunct LAI airline was the first Italian to connect, with DC-6s, Italy with the United States. They couldn’t have chosen a better aircraft to do it.
Wonderfully dynamic poster, there was a time when aircraft sold tickets.
Artist: Fiore Amieto.
The GP-1 was the winner of a basic training aircraft competition issued by the Spanish Aeronáutica Militar in the middle 1930s. This honest and agile aircraft was an orthodox no-nonsense monoplane of mainly wooden construction. The basic model were developed later into a pair of cabin model designs. The start of the Spanish Guerra Civil had a serious impact in its production and service life; 100 were ordered but only around 40 were built by the Republicans in Alicante during the conflict. After the war the surviving examples were employed by the winning Nationalist side.
Regrettably, the story of this neat aircraft is the history of the bloody Spanish Civil War. Its designers, Arturo González Gil y Santibáñez and José Pazó found themselves fighting against each other: Gil died leading Loyalist militiamen and Pazó one in the rebel Nationalists side.
Stupendous photo of a civilian example over Catalonia.
Photo: I. Escorsell.
The Cold War suddenly went Hot during the 1960s. It sure went hot when on 1 July 1960, North of Murmansk a RB-47H was shot down by a MiG-19. Almost as in this drawing, but the “Farmer” used guns to shot down another type of Stratojet.
Artist: David Pentland.
The reason why they were called “Boxcars” is more than evident in this neat in-flight photo. Flying in close formation, maybe during a paratroopers drop.
The elegant Sokol spacesuit was designed to be used only in emergencies (lost of cabin pressure) in the Soyuz spacesuit. As other machinery used by the former USSR in space, these spacesuits are still in operational use, 40 years after they entered service.
In this enthralling photo NASA astronaut Doug Hurley is undertaken some pressure suit test at the Zvezda facility in Moscow, March 2011.
Photo: NASA/Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle.