Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress: Meanwhile at Adolfplatz….

Funnily detailed cartoon thanks to the unmistakable hand of Carl Giles. Americans… oversexed, overpaid and over (t)here.

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Fairey Flycatcher I: Adorable insectivores.

The “Senior Service” got their money worth with these peculiarly-shaped biplane fighters. An early 20s design the Flycatcher was in service with the Fleet Air Arm from 1923 to 1934, meanwhile aviation technology did evolve a lot. These Fairey fighter were operated from carrier with conventional landing gear or equiped with floats and catapult-operated from capital ships. In spite of their “uglyness”, these biplanes were well-loved by their pilots being both rugged and maneuverable… but obviously not quite fast.

Lovely inflight pic of N9923, a Flycatcher flown -around 1924- by the No.402 Flight from the HMS Eagle -the carrier in the background. Of particular interest is the external placement of one of its two .303 Vickers MG; crude and not very glamorous but easy to service.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 Marsupiale: Guardate gli Canguri del cielo.

The S.M.75 was designed by Alessandro Marchetti in the middle 30s to replace the household classic S.73. Of that it retained the all-to-Italian classic mixed construction (wooden wing, steel tube fuselage metallic/fabric-covered) but with some aerodynamical improvements specially a retractable landing gear. Born certainly demode, the Marsupiali (Marsupials) were nevertheless robust, decently fast and efficient. As airliners and later, military transports they rendered more than decent services.

Alluring Ala Littoria’s cutaway.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3: An Emil called Mike.

Brothers in arms. Photo taken at Gifu (Kawasaki company). One of the few Emils exported to Japan in 1940-1 and thoroughly evaluated by them. Standing in the middle is Willy Stör, the advisor sent by the Messerschmitt company. The Japanese didn’t find anything specially desirable in their Emils….well,apart from their DB 601 engines; They license-built those.
Contrary to the popular believed that Japan only produced cheap unlicensed copies of foreign products, the Japanese only employed in quantity five foreign-designed aircraft designs during WW2. The “Messer” wasn’t one of them. That belief was so extended that erroneously some imported types -mainly Germans- were given code names; they called the Bf 109 “Mike”.