When Daimler Benz started the development of its outstanding DB 609 in Sep. 1942 they found themselves with the need to place it in an aircraft. The DB 609 was a quite massive 16 cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a projected initial output of 2700 hp. Why not to create that aircraft in-house? Their proposal was a quite conventional fighter design with one mayor exception: the contra-rotating props and their location. Sadly, only a partial mock-up of the Jäger (not its official name) was completed before its complicated engine -and hence this fighter- was cancelled in 1943.
Startling with that nose radiator, tricycle undercarriage and “birdcaged” teardrop cockpit canopy.
Not a devoted Trekkie by any means, but the original series had something. I like particularly those episodes when the action took part at the Earth. Among them Season 1 “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”, with a Starfighter in it, is at the very top.
Our hero wears the usual headgear of the era, nicely customised though. Ah, and a very clean Orange International jumpsuit.
The Viima (Draught) was a primary trainer designed by the Finish State Aircraft Factory. Wooden wings and steel tube fuselage, all fabric covered: classic in design and style. In addition to the two prototypes (Viima sans suffix), a total of 22 “II” more were built in the 1937-39 period. Long serving assets, they were operated by the military well into the Sixties when many became “civilian.”
The first of the “II” production models, VI-3 (OH-VIG), still very alive and kicking.
The “K” variant of the spellbinding Tu-95 was conceived to carry the slick bisonic Kh-20 cruise missile. The latter is painted in that red high-visibility colour to make it more conspicuous during airshows.
The modestly successful (circa 150 built) 720 was a short/medium-range variant of Boeing’s iconic 707. The main changes compared to the latter was 720’s shorter fuselage and an improved, less draggy, wing design. First flown sixty years ago, the 720 didn’t bring lots of money to the company, but Boeing didn’t mind much; the basic design cost was already paid off.
The last Boeing 720 in service was this bizarre ex-American Airlines example of the Pratt & Whitney Canada Co. The aircraft was employed mainly as an engine testbed -the company’s moneymaker PT6A in this case. The teardrop-shaped fairing at the forward fuselage also served to attach test engines. Since 2010 it resides at the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
Didn’t deserve the 7×7 designation?
“Enlist in the Aeronautica’s Anti-Aircraft Corp!” Shooting down Flying Fortresses in style, Italian of course. Stupendous Republic of Saló’s Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (ANR) poster of 1944.
The stunning 5-Foot Free-Flight Tunnel, building 646 at the NACA Langley Research Center, 1937. Two operators -one tunnel operator and an evaluation pilot- worked in coordination to test stability and control responses of the model during the close to ground flight phases.
This pretty neat all-metal canard monoplane was the brainchild of Lt. Blard. Designed in secret for military use, he chose the canard configuration trying to get the of both worlds: monoplane’s speed and biplane’s visibility. A very close coupled design built around a sturdy tripod structure and powered by a 50 hp Gnôme, the canard was tested unsuccessfully during 1912.
Really awesome photo quality. That Roold crash helmet is always a treat to my eyes.
A magnificently appropriated blue and gold background for this “Blue Angels” dressed Bearcat (s/n 1217761).
Photo: Jake Peterson.
Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronaut extraordinaire Wally Schirra modelling Bill Jack Instruments Co. stunning MC-2 helmet. Schirra was inside a sealed heat chamber undergoing a very uncomfortable and hot (180º F) run to verify the pressure suit satisfactory operation.
…, Not Wally.