Graf Zeppelin & friends: Happy New Year.

With Zeppelins legendary artist J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post wished you a 1932 Happy New Year.

Happy 2020, my friends.

Blackburn Firebrand TF.5: Madly in Love.

Behold the awesomeness of this beastly flop. From the Centaurus to that huge tail feathers, through the lovely teardrop cockpit canopy, the torpedo and its characteristic wing shape. Can’t help it, I told you.

Artist: Leslie Cresswell.

Fauvel AV.2: Charme sans queue.

Built in the early 1930s, the AV-2 was one of the first of Charles Fauvel’s tailless designs and his first to fly. Of wooden construction and partially fabric-covered, this experimental flying wing was powered by a 32 hp ABC Scorpion engine placed inside a neatly egg-shaped nacelle. It was just the beginning. Fauvel’s flying wing designs infatuation endured for quite some time; both powered and unpowered examples appeared regularly well into the 1960s.

Pretty cute little thing. Another one of those so beloved to me.

Douglas C-117D: Love it or leave it.

The C-117D was a military (US. Navy & Marines) derivative of the postwar developed “Super DC-3“. The latter’s improvements consisted in a longer fuselage; more powerful engines; new tail and modified wings assemblies and a fully enclosed landing gear. Too expensive and already dated to be a commercial success in the civilian market, the design in the end saw some use wearing uniform.

“Untitled’ by Nunca. This graffiti-ed “Super Gooneybird” was part of “art from the boneyard”, a project  hosted by the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Photo: Eric Firestone.