The “Eaglet” was, maybe, not the more espectacular of the Soviet ekranoplans (ground effect aircraft), but in my humble opinion is the sleekest and the more charming. This amphibious ekranoplan was designed as transport, specially for beach assault operations. Sadly, like others of its gender only a few (5) were built.
This drawing depicts beautifully the engine configuration of the A-90. Cruise power was provided by the mighty Kuznetsov NK-12MV turboprop placed high in the tail. The aircraft also carried a pair of Kuznetsov NK-8-4K turbofan engines inside the forward fuselage fed by a pair of nose intakes. The exhaust of those turbofans were along the side of the fuselage and its thrust was defected under the wings to produce the necessary increased lift and power for take-offs.
Arwork from “The Threat In The 1980s” DIA exhibit.
The space navigation indicator INK-2S Globus (an older variant) tiny Earth used in the revolutionary Salyut 6 space station. Those Salyut sourced most of their instrumentation for the readily available Space capsules hardware; Soyuz in this case.
This jewel takes me back to my old educational globe years. By the way, I still have it.
(Photo credit: Bonhams)
In the the late 1940’s and during almost all the 1950’s they were indeed the very best, by far. Things have changed quite a bit since then.
The people of Convair deserved some praise here: they listed their “Convair-Liner’s” main competitor, the Martin 4-0-4, among the best. A real class act, my friends
Poor little thing. The iconic Blériot XI looks so fragile here, it was certainly past its prime at that time and not well-suited for this metier anyway.
Sublime 1915 artwork of William L. Wyllie. (Defence Academy of the United Kingdom).
Spitfire is a drug. I’ve just revisited, again, the ” Battle of Britain” (1969) movie. With all its defects, nothing has come near this classic; no digital effects and plenty of hardware “in action”. Well, there one thing I hate in this movie: they killed the best “pilot” and I can’t really forgive them for that. The headgear was also quite dubious.
Such a glorious line. His name is….
Splendid depiction of a pair of Harriers of the interesting RAF No. 1417 Flight overflying Belize’s incredible “Great Blue Hole”.
The GR.3 is, of an all Harrier variants, my favourite. That ugly and very British “Snoopy” nose with its laser rangefinder and lateral Port Facing Oblique (PFO) camera.
Artist Mark Postlethwaite.
The Hs 123 was, in fact, a “Stuka” before the Stuka. This portly looking biplane was conceived to compete in a 1933 dive bomber requirement. Sturdy and dependable, the Hs 123 first saw service in the Spanish Guerra Civil where it soon proved its capabilities. After that, they continued to soldier even if other more modern platforms were available. So good they were that their archaic configuration didn’t deter them from intensive use during WW2. In fact, the relatively modest number produced served well and hard into 1944…., when they’re retired due to spare parts shortage. Almost irreplaceable.
Lovely drawing in this 1937 Henschel’s ad. Photo Source.