Sperry Ball Turret: Only the tiny Brave.

Sperry Ball Turret: Only the tiny Braves.

Tight, claustrophobic, contrived, exposed, over enemy land,under fire….Not a place for the weak-minded or the tall.
Simple and to the point this nice cutaway.


Junkers G.24: Proud Offspring.

Junkers G.24: Proud Offspring.

The G.24 was the logic multi-engined development of the single engine F.13. Not so easy, due to the draconian restrictions of the Versailles Treaty in aviation matters (specially in engine power), Junkers only could at first built the less than satisfactory powered G.23. Not only that, Junkers had to used a complicated overseas production facilities (Russia and Sweden) to achieve even that. With the G.24, the airframe got decent engines and it really started to show its real qualities of robustness and confort…plus a nice bunch of World records.

Depicted here a Spanish Unión Aérea Española (U.A.E) G.24, the “Sevilla” landing at the aeródromo de Getafe, Nov 1927.

AW Argosy I: Hideous Vessel.

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy I: Hideous Vessel.The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was procured by Imperial Airways after it was decided to discontinue the use of single-engined aircraft in their services. This totally inelegant trimotor biplane was employed by Imperial Airways for around 10 years (1927-36) at first in their European routes -the prestigious London-Paris flight included-, and later in the South Africa route. Only 3 Argosy I’s were built later joined by 4 of the more powerful mark II model.

Lovely, and flattering, poster. They weren’t the most dashing looking among the Empire Flag carriers.

F-104 VTOL project: The icing on the cake.

F-104 VTOL project: The icing on the cake.

After testing himself the X-13 Vertijet Ryan, test pilot Peter Girard came to his own idea of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet fighter. The Girard’s concept was based on a sort of  triangular shaped rotor/wing with movable tips.  The wing rotated to take off like an helicopter and when the appropriate speed was achieve it became fixed to allow high-speed flight. To counteract the rotor torque he planned to employ compressed air outlets in the tail section.
In 1962 Lockheed and Ryan found some merit in the idea and in what’s better than Lockheed’s already stunning “Zip”? Sadly, it didn’t go any further.

In this photo a lovely done interpretation. It could have been this cool.

C-5 Blimp: Deflated Hope.

C-5 Blimp: Deflated Hope.

Designed as a follow-up to the “very British” B-Class airship -essentially a modified SS airship-, the US Navy C-class airship was an all-American design. Conceived by the Navy, this blimp were bigger, more capable and had longer legs. On the basis of that endurance one of them, the C-5 (Envelope by Goodyear/ control car by Burguess), was to be used in a transatlantic flight in 1919. You’ve not hear anything of that raid because it was blow away and lost by a 60 knots gust just before the attempt start.