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.