The ephemeral “Turbo B-17” was a TB-17F (42-6107/N1340N) air tanker owned by Aero-Flite of Cody, Wyoming. This Fortress was re-engined in 1970 with four slender RR Dart 510 turboprops. It barely had time to demonstrate it potential though. Sadly, it crashed only a few moths after it’s first flight, in Aug. 1970.
They managed to place those slick Darts on the B-17 big engine nacelle quite nicely. I don’t know you, but it looks not totally sacrilegious to me. Imposing certainly.
This bizarre aircraft was built in Missouri in 1931 and was the brainchild of a guy called Ben Brown. This pusher design was powered by a 95 hp Cirrus Mark III and had a “Bellanca-like” strutted tandem wing with joined wingtips that form a sort of diamond-shaped wing. Ailerons on the wingtips and elevons on the forward wing, close to the fuselage. It seems it was test flown, but no data is available about that or about its fate.
Boxy yet alluring.
Photo and main source of information: the great Aerofiles place.
The first of the Clippers with its very appropriate name takes us to happier more sunny times in this splendid Pan Am poster. Well, at least you could go outside your home…..
The nimble and slick La-15 entered service around the same time the MiG-15 did. Compared to the latter, the La-15 was smaller and was powered by the less powerful RD-500 (a RR Derwent copy). In service the design was well-loved by its crews, but suffered a series of accidents. One of the fatalities was a good friend of Stalin’s son…. In the end the Soviet AF decided to have just one interceptor model, and the MiG-15 was cheaper. Only circa 235 La-15s were built.
At first sight it looks a lot like the seminal Ta 183, a slender one. Kinda pretty too.
A deliciously pastoral Heinkel postcard of a flock of striking single collector tube He 112B’s taken at Rostock in 1938. The sheep herd was used to keep the grass airfield in tip top condition.
Yep, the Topolino-powered Rolls-Royce again.
The Ricci R.4 was a transatlantic double-hull quadriplane seaplane project which appeared just after the end of WW1. This huge catamaran was designed to be powered by eight engines of a nominal power of 5000 hp. The cabin, seen here between the two inner wings, has two levels able to carry around 155 passengers. It was conceived to offer a luxurious service worthy of the great liners of the time.
This drastically weathered Sabre Dog is part of the amazing collection of aircraft amassed by the late Walter Soplata at Newbury, east of Cleveland.
Looking a lot like its “little fish” offspring here. (Photo: Johnny Joo).