Praga E.114: Baby, I love your way.

This adorable little two-seat monoplane was the brainchild of czech designer Jaroslav Šlechta. of all-wooden construction the prototype made its maiden flight in 1934. The design was powered by and heretoclite variety of engines ranging in power from 40-74hp. The “Air Baby” saw extensive production, both before and after WW2. It was also built under licence in UK by F. Hills & Sons which produced 40 of the circa 270 manufactured. Production ended in 1948.

Cute as the E.114 this neat cutaway. The lower-powered of the bunch (40hp Praga B) and its kinda cool its raised centre leading edge cockpit access.

Caudron C.81: Spécialement équipé pour le vol de nuit.

The mid-1920s C.81 was a scaled-up powered-up version of Caudron’s previous C.61. The series production model was interesting because it employed two very different engines. A 400hp Lorraine-Dietrich V-12 engine was mounted in the central position and, at the wings, there were a pair of 280hp Salmson water-cooled radials. Curiously, considering its increase in power, the C.81 carried the same number (seven) passengers the C.61 carried. They traveled inside a cousy closed cabin, the pilots faced the elements in the open.

Five of them were employed by the French-Romanian Company for Air Transport. Magnificent cutaway of the accommodation waiting for you if you chose their services.

Heinkel He 177A-5 Grief: Tail End Günther.

A Grief tail gunner climbing into his cousy office. The A-5’s Heckstand (tail position) was equipped with a very convincing 20mm MG 151/20 cannon. Our subject is wearing the electrically heated two-piece “Channel” flying suit; 10-30 B-2 Schwimmwester (life preserver); Ruckenfallschirm (back parachute) and a neat LKp S101 flying helmet.

Photo: Bundesarchiv.