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.

Avro Vulcan: How it should be done, reprise.

Magnificent video taken when the Vulcan B.1 was returning to Woodford airfield after its display at the 1955 Farnborough airshow. Roly Falk once again performed a barrel roll over that airfield, smashing the assembly building windows in the process.

So the usual quotes define this video, but that wing shape looks to me quite suspicious…

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.

ILC SPD-143: Spellbinding Outfit (II).

Developed from the AX1-L, this ILC seminal experimental full pressure suit with its advanced “convolute” joints set the stage for the company future Apollo suits.

Conceived just as a concept development item, it was usually not deemed necessary to fit a external thermal cover layer. That omission, as we can see in this seated test, came in handy to evaluate how the suit worked under pressure in various situations.

Takin’ things easy this rainy holiday.

EE Canberra SC.9: Resting Places (XXIV).

The one-off Canberra SC.9 (XH132) was a standard PR.9 converted by Short for trials and radar, IR and missile research use. Retired in the middle 1980s after serving with the Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford, this aircraft was sadly scrapped soon after.

Its cumbersome nose section, which looks so desperate here, resting on its temporary resting place at a scrap yard in north Cornwall. Gladly, it was saved later and it survives somewhere in Italy.

Northrop (CASA) S(R)F-5A Freedom Fighter: Cruzados mágicos.

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A stupendous flock of silver “Bicicletas” (both fighter and recon models) of the 211 Squadron 21 Wing in this glorious inflight photo of the 1970s. Displaying proudly their “St. Andrew’s Crosses.” A controversial decoration still carried nowadays by the Spanish military aircraft. Those crosses first appeared when Franco -in person- signed the order to put them over the white colour which removed the hated Republican colours, crossing them out; couldn’t be more symbolic. With the arrival of the democracy, the Ejército del Aire decided to keep it adducing the “St. Andrew Cross” was just an interpretation of the Spanish Tercios’ Burgundy Cross. There have been efforts by some progressive parties to remove it, but without success. To me? They look kinda cool, but they are certainly out of place now.