With the unmistakable Parthenon as a background, this school of Luftwaffe’s sharks return from their mission at Crete (1941). Superb artwork by the prolific Hans Liska.
Gorgeous Gobbo‘s “indicatore carrello” (undercarriage indicator). Speechless, just poetry, my dear friends.
Still enjoyin’ Mirage III’s jubilee. The IIIC interceptor ‘s neat & tight office in all its glory; pretty advanced for the early 1960s. The suitably dressed pilot is ready for high altitude interception business. He’s wearing the EFA-ARZ Type 30 partial-pressure suit, with its stunning Type 21 helmet, under the elegant white leather “habit de lumière” (light suit / “traje de luces” in Spanish, aka the bullfighter’s outfit!!) overall.
Above as seen by the Soviet artist Andrei Sokolov -on a neat NASA booklet cover- and below by NASA artist Robert McCall.
40 years ago. My kind of mission:
Always a fan of these Argentinian ground-attack/counter-insurgency (COIN) aircrafts. One of those barely suitable aircraft flown by the Argentinians during the Falkland/Malvinas War. The Pucará suffered badly there, not even their brave crew could compensate the fact they’re fighting with an ill-suited tool for that kind of war. I “adore” (nice word choice here) two Pucarás’ characteristics seen in this gorgeous picture: the elegant Turbomeca Astazou XVIG engine nacelles and their fixed weaponry of four Browning MGs and two 20mm Hispano cannons. Curiously the same armament carried by the very-british Spitfire when equipped with a “B” wing…., ahhh, the irony.
Nice close-up of a Pucará in later years. Without its rear ejection seat and with that retractable “stirrup” out…, sorry looking.
Airspeed’s out-of-this-miserable-world answer to RAF F35/35 specification. The firm submitted this highly unconventional -so say the very least- design with the pilot in a egg-shaped cockpit nacelle positioned well behind. Among the supposed advantages were the improved pilot view (?!) and the reduction in propeller airstream disturbance and drag. Like the Hurricane and Spitfire of the era, the AS.31 was to be powered by a 880hp Rolls-Royce Merlin E engine and armed with eight Browning MGs. Curiously there was no rudder or fin surface to be seen.
Imagine the “fortunate” pilot’s sensations due to g-loads on any relatively tight manoeuvre…. Simply too incredible, this marvel remained a dream.
Incredible wardrobe of “mere” pressure suits and real space suits here. Choose your favorite; only one – yeah, I desperately want more than one too. Ok, I NEED badly the sixth from the right of the upper row: the amazingly wide-shouldered Apollo ILC A4-H training suit.
Space, the last frontier, my friends: