Salmson D.6 Cri-Cri: Thoroughly French, béret included.

The Cri-Cri monoplane was originally conceived in the early 1930s as a light recreational aircraft. Its qualities soon attired the authorities and the basic design was ordered in quantity for l’Aviation Populaire movement starting in 1936. Three hundred of these cute parasols powered by the household 60hp Salmson 9 ADr were produced. Some of them even became later unlikely warriors with the French AF. Poor things.

A Salmson warming up its Salmson.

EE Lightning F.1: Just Because (LXV).

The Lightning in one magnificent image. An early F.1 with its pair of Firestreak missiles taking-off from a drenched Wattisham during a Press Day, 1961.

Another revisit during this quarantine; gladly, with a lesser degree of isolation now. Don’t wait much of it. One of the less thorough books written about the subject, yet easy to read and charming in its own improvised way.

Albatros Dr.I: It didn’t add up.

The Dr.I was the very pragmatic way the Albatros Flugzeugwerke tested the qualities of the Triplane configuration in the middle of the craziness. They just took one of their D.V and replaced its two wings with three and compared it with the standard D.V. That’s it. The results were negligible; no production followed.

What an awfully uninspired wing structure. A real sin.

MOL MH-5 Spacesuit: No Joy Today.

Two of the Space suits related to the USAF MOL space station program. Gemini’s pretty David Clark used by NASA in their missions and one of the stunning new designs created for the USAF program; in this case the Hamilton Standard MH-5 Intra/Extra Vehicular Activities (IEVA) “training suit”. Both way cooler than the plain awful SpaceX Crew Dragon IVA suit.

NASA and SpaceX have scrubbed today’s Demo-2 first manned test flight launch attempt to the International Space Station (ISS). These two and I are really disappointed; fingers crossed for Saturday’s try.

Martin Baltimore: Bigger than its State.

Obviously developed from the Maryland, the Baltimore was produced in answer to an Anglo-French Purchasing Commission requirement. It differed from its forebear in having the more powerful Wright Twin Cyclone engines improving significantly its performances and a deeper fuselage which allowed direct contact between its crew members and solved one of Maryland’s shortcomings.
France didn’t receive any before the 1940 debacle. The RAF employed these effective attack-bombers in the Mediterranean; further Baltimores also served in that war theatre with other air forces. Around fifteen hundred were produced; sadly no one has survived intact.

The bombardier modelling his pretty yet exposed work station. A posed photo: those open cowls flaps scream engine ground run. Image taken from a Martin Aircraft Co. “The Martin Star” internal publication, Oct. 1943.

Nennig C.3: As fast as it went.

This sharp looking racer was conceived by Edmond Nennig to take part in the classic 1935 Coupé Deutsch de la Meurthe race. Originally designed to be powered by a Salmson 12 engine it ended with a Régnier 6 cylinder. Not completed in time to take part in the competition, the later whereabouts of Nennig C.3 are obscure. It seems it was never flown.

The last design iteration of the C.3 in this lovely model inside the wind tunnel of the University of Lille, Shades of…