Timm T-840: Promises, Promises…

The gloriously chumky T-840 was claimed by its designer, Wally Timm, to have more safety features than any airplane built thanks to its fresh design approach (tricycle undercarriage,wind slots,etc). The prototype was powered by a pair of 400hp Wright R-975’s and in its construction was employed “Aeromold”, a new plastic-bonded plywood -it was known as the “Aeromold Transport” for that . It made its maiden flight in Nov,1938…. and have no takers.

Gorgeous photo of the Timm T-840 taken at the Grand Central Airport, CA.

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CANT Z.1007bis Alcione: Precious Italian Imbroglio.

The magnificent Alcione (Kingfisher) was designed starting in 1935 by the great Filippo Zappata, a sort of derivate of his superb CANT Z.506. As usual with Italian big aircrafts of the era the Z.1007 was three-engined,a trend necessary due to the meagre power output of their local engines. The Alcione was, with the SM.79 “Gobbo”, one of the best medium bombers of the Regia Aeronautica, but also a especially good reconaissance aircraft. The main handicap of these excellent aircrafts apart of their engine layout was their all-wood structure,easily damaged by the extreme climates.
Curiously the Z.1007’s were built at the same time in both single and twin tail arrangements (the later improved markely their questionable longuitudinal stability) and they were operated mixed in the same units…some crews prefered one and anothers the other.

Such a pretty thing; those Piaggio P.XI bis R.C.40’s roarin’.

Douglas A-4B “Scooter”: If that was a question of guts…..

Utterly patriotic portrait.  This artwork have been used to honor the bravery of the Argentinian pilots during the Guerra de la Malvinas….and at the same time to reivindicate the “Argentinidad” of the islands.
The subject of the portrait is a member of the Grupo 5 de Caza, the best Skykawk unit -or just the best- of the Fuerza aérea Argentina/Argentine AF (FAA) during the conflict. Captain Pablo Carballo, one of the most distinguished pilot of than unit, wore a almost similar headgear: Sierra Engineering Co.  APH-6B helmet and A13A (MS22001) oxy mask…..  all too US. Navy stuff, well  the “Scooter” also was.

Artist: Ezequiel Martínez.

Potez 53: Le Vainqueur Prend Tout.

Absolutely “Superbe” racer designed to take part in the 1933 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe. This slick retractable undercarriage monoplane powered by a household supercharger engine, the Potez 9B 9-cylinder radial. Number 10 won the competition at the hands of Georges Détré…. the happy celebration here.
Refined models of the Potez 53 -one of them a re-worked original- took part the next year at the Coupe Deutsch, but they failed to finish the race.
Gladly this pretty jewel is still with us lovely preserved in the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace.

Photo: Dominique Pascal collection.