Cant Z.501 Gabbiano: Mamma !!!

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.

Nicolas-Claude NC-2 Aquilon: Refreshing north wind.

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.

Aero Spacelines B-377-SG Super Guppy: Have some gravy, folks.

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.

CASA C-101EB Aviojet: “Culopollo” para los amigos.

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).