The Gabbiano‘s magnificent tail feathers. In the foreground a manned dorsal “Torretta Breda AZ 3” and its 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT. One of the mere three -sometimes even only two- carried by this elegant seaplane.
Photo: Archivio LUCE.
A Super Étendard Modernisé (SEM) catching a wire on the Charles de Gaulle carrier. Sheer cinematic poetry.
It has been a long, long day; just happy to be back home.
Greatly influenced by Henri Mignet’s “Pou-du-Ciel” (Flying Flea), this single-seat touring aircraft was conceived by Leon Claude in the late 1930s. Built at Jean Nicolas’ workshop, the 50 hp Train-engined NC-2 was a low-wing monoplane equipped with canard foreplanes. First flown on the spring of 1937, this cute aircraft remained an unique prototype.
Having some hilarity with the Super Guppy prototype. Like the Guppy designed to handle oversized cargo, this much enlarged version employed as a basis a C-97J airframe powered by four temperamental P&W T34-P-7WA turboprops. Production models employed the more available and reliable Allison 501-D22C turboprops.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.
The speed, sturdiness and punch of the Su-7s earned them love and respect in the Indian Air Force. Nice endorsement; they had plenty of variety in inventory to compare.
Who wants camo standardization?
First flown more than forty years ago, the C-101’s still going quite strong in the Spanish Ejército del Aire (EdA). Nothing rare nowadays anyway, just a sign of our era. Conceived to replace the indigenous Saeta, in the design of Aviojet participated both Northrop and the MBB companies. The objetive was to produce an unassuming no-nonsense design cheap to operate. A very civilian Honeywell TFE731 turbofan was chosen as a powerplant with economy in mind. Curiously, it has one very unorthodox feature for a trainer: an internal weapons bay. They had some more warrior-like development in mind, but only the few exported had some teeth.
One of the C-101s of the Patrulla Águila (Eagle Patrol) EdA aerobatic team. Its official name is “Mirlo” (Blackbird), but for obvious reasons it is nicknamed “Culopollo” (Chicken Butt).