de Havilland DH-9A (Napier Lion): Those “Benign” 卐’s (II).


A nice inflight pic of a Spanish DH.9A of the “Escuadrilla DH-9 Napier”, a unit that operated in the Sahara during the middle/late 20’s.The observer/gunner is obviously enjoying some fresh air.

Photo: José Warleta Carrillo’s archives.

Another de Havilland-Napier of the same unit,we can almost discern the Swastika behind its middle interplane struts:

More nice 卐’s:

Zeppelin “Baby-Killers”: Serious Backfire.

Such was the outrage about Zeppelin’s raids that when the country was splashed with this kind of recruiting poster the answer was utterly massive.To this a gloomy Zeppelin German officer is said to have commented that he felt he had become….. ” a recruiting officer for the British armed forces”.

Another sublime recruiting aid:

Hawker Hurricane: Human,Very Human.


The Hurricane first saw Soviets’ land when the RAF 151 Wing arrived to Murmanks in 1941.That expeditionary force was sent to guard the vital harbours,to provide operational training there, and -more important- to show the British commitment with their Soviet allies. When that wing withdrew its Hurricanes remained there for Soviet use; further deliveries of Hurricanes and other aircrafts followed, the East Front devoured both men and material at a savage pace.

This poor reindeer seems to be too shell-shocked to move… or maybe it’s just wondering about  human’s madness.

Photo: Yevgeny Khaldei.

Avro Anson Mk.I: Mistaken Terror.


Great piece of poster art in this Finnish example, sadly the author’s airmindedness was certainly lacking.That menacing aircraft should have been a Soviet type and not one from the Suomen Ilmavoimat (Finnish AF)… besides the 3 British Anson’s in service there were purchased in 1936 for bombing crew training.

“Boeing B-47 Airliner”: Jet-Engined Gliderliner.


In the late 40’s-early 50’s Boeing had in their Stratojet a real trend-setter – with a little “help” from German know-how,of course. With that ace in their hands it was logic then to aply that technologies to the nascent commercial jet transportation. This bold drawing depicts one of the earlier concepts tried. It’s evidently a crude “civilized” B-47 with four engines instead of six but retaining the basic configuration. Hard to see where its designer would have put the fuel…. the B-47 had all its fuel in the fuselage -occuped here by the passenger’s cabin-; besides this “jet transport” used -in my opinion- the B-47’s thin dry-wings. Anyway,the 4-engined configuration was indeed studied but this drawing seems to be just a Public Relation Dept. effort in my opinion.

In the end Boeing did really hit the jackpot with their Dash 80/707…. where B-47’s daring swept wing and engines on underwing pods were effectively employed.

Gloster Gladiator Mk.I: Those “Benign” 卍’s (I).


I’ve always found unjust the stygma this otherwise positive symbol bears for the reason all of us know. So,to do some justice to the Swastika I’ll try to,little by little, show the other ones used in the aviation field.
Those lovely Red 卐 are magnificent depicted here on one of the 26 Mk.I bought by the Latvian AF in 1937.The photo was taken during a pre-delivery test flight;the Galdiator is masterly displayed by Gloster test pilot P. E. G. (Gerry) Sayer. They didn’t last long in Latvia… the country was “devoured” by the USSR in 1940.