Arrow Sport F: Gearhead’s wet dreams.

The Arrow F was built in answer to an US Bureau of Air Commerce request to study the possible use of cheap automobile engine technology to power aircraft. Equipped by a modification of the ubiquitous Ford V-8, this two-seat low-wing braced design suffered the extra weight of an engine not originally conceived but proved good enough to reach a production of over a hundred between 1934-38.

Charming photo. Well-accompanied here by a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, I think. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Panavia Tornado IDS: Feuerwerk !!!

The MW-1 (Mehrzweckwaffe 1) in action. Conceived for the Tornado for the very same purpose of the british JP233, this Luftwaffe munitions dispenser is to me certainly more impressive, at least to watch. If I’m not mistaken this weapon is now phased out following the german ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2009.

Avro Tudor I: Flights of Fancy (V).

First flown just after the end of WW2, the Tudor was developed for the company Lancaster/Lincoln line of long-range bombers. Originally intended for operation by BOAC, the Tudor suffered numerous technical set-backs, among them the prototype crash which took the life of its designer, Roy Chadwick. The design was born obsolete anyway and it had few takers; a whole variety of versions were produced with more or less lack of fortune.

Gorgeous cutaway of the basic model. Intended to be used on the important North Atlantic route, the Tudor I proved to be old-fashioned, unstable and incapable. BOAC rejected the few ordered.

LFG Roland C.II: Flying Orca.

This sort of multi-role aircraft built by the Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft G.m.b.H was a truly advanced aircraft by the time of its first flight in 1915. Nicknamed the “Walfisch” (Whale) due to its deep all-wooden fuselage which filled the vertical gap between its two wing panels, the C.II displayed remarkable low drag and was both fast and sturdy. The model entered service in the spring of 1916 where it proved to have demanding in handling but also a success in its various operational duties, recon and escort mainly. Over four hundred were produced.

Pretty impressive artwork/cutaway appeared in the American Modeler magazine Sep. 1962 issue. Regrettably this one doesn’t display the humorous curtains some of them carried on their fuselage windows.

Boeing 2707-200: Beak-utiful.

The “canard-equipped” -200 was the last hurrah of the really, really bold 2707 basic design. This very convincing artwork of a TWA example displays nicely some of the design drastic features. Of note the bizarrely configured two joints drop nose employed instead of the usual single pivot point type used by the Concorde, Tu-144, and its Lockheed’s competitor.

Artist: DavidJoseco.

Mitsubishi Ki-2: More than words.

Like other japanese companies of the interwar era, the Mitsubishi established technical relation with the germans. Both the K-2 light bomber and its heavy weight relative, the K-1, were conceived taken as a basis Junker’s late 1920s K37 bomber. Being of Junkers’ heritage these all-metal bombers were obviously sturdy and no-nonsense. That said, by the time they entered service, in the second half of the 1930s, they looked and were dated. They served well though, there wasn’t much opposition anyway. All in all something less than two hundred of k-2s were produced.

They had a short but feisty career during the Japan’s China imbroglio. This utterly nipponese poster commemorates the Second Sino-Japanese War….., Great Wall included. Those K-2’s have suffered an artist’s “facelift” -they weren’t that stylish.

Douglas C-124A Globemaster II: Crisis averted.

The people of Douglas developed the C-124 from their outstanding C-74 when it had became obvious the latter basic design potential was not being fully explored. A bigger and more capable fuselage was the answer. The modified C-74 which served as a prototype took its first flight in late 1949 and soon proved the rightness of the formula. A more than decent 448 production models followed, These heavy lift cargo aircraft served the US military faithfully well into the mid-1970s.

“Old Shaky’s” handy nose clamshell doors stunningly illustrated in this 1949 ad.