Boeing B-52B(?) “BUFF”: If you can walk away from a landing,…

An early B-52 landing in its own very peculiar way or me returning home this afternoon after a very well-irrigated Valencian traditional Xmas Day puchero.
Th B-52 has the ability to pivot its undercarriage up to 20° from the aircraft centerline, allowing an increase in safety during crosswind landings. This feature has also proved very valuable on ground handling.

Bell UH-1E: Oh, Oh! Bingo…. Merry Xmas !!

A Santa-carrying USMC “Short Huey” (HML-367, methinks) red dressed for the festivities with the suitable “Santa/Merry Christmas” tittles. Vietnam, 1970.

“If you believe in Santa…”
Please, do enjoy in peace these merry holidays, my friends.

Taube among Taubes: Tir aux pigeons.

The monoplanes are, in fact, all “Taubes”. At the start of the Great war the basic design of Igor Etrich was produced, with variations, by fourteen different manufactures. Some of them became well-known during wartime; even the Albatross company built some, both mono and biplane. No licence fees were involved and that sure helped.

Allez tirez sur les Boches !!

de Havilland Mosquito B.Mk.XVI: Indigestion from heaven.

The Mk.XVI was certainly the most potent of the war-time Mosquito bombers. Basically, the XVI was a pressurised development of the B.Mk.IX, using the same Merlin 72 two-stage engines to achieve an operational ceiling of 35,000 feet with total confort for its crews.

This 1945 propaganda shot depict MM199, a B.Mk.XVI of the 128 Sqn RAF. This Mk.XVI like almost all of this variant had the bulging bomb bay needed to carry the 4,000lb “Cookie” bomb. One of those crude affairs is prepared here to be send as a “Happy Xmas Adolf” pleasantry.

Apollo CM Block 1: Hindsight is always 20-20.

Pensive portrait of Command Module Pilot (CMP) Walter Cunningham. He is wearing a David Clark A1-C space suit so this photo may have been taken when he and his partners (Wally Schirra and Donn Eisele) were the Apollo 1‘s back-up crew.
The A1-C was essentially identical to the company Gemini G4-C spacesuit  but had a visor cover of Cycolac (an ABS resin) attached to protect the visor from scratches and for getting struck inside the more roomy CM. This spacesuit was acquired by NASA as a interim asset useful while waiting for the revolutionary, hard to develop ILC A7L.

The Block 1 CM had a plethora of problems, and it shows.