The Potez 452 was a shipboard reconnaissance flying boat conceived to operate from the French capital ships. The first prototype, the type 45, first flew in 1935. After its flight trials proved to be successful an order of 16 was soon passed. First delivered at the end of 1935, the 452’s served in battleships, cruisers and lesser ships (avisos). At the beginning of WW2 they saw action in the Mediterranean mainly and served well into 1944; of note the part some took in the conflict with Siam of 1940. Precisely a 452 based at Bien Hoa (French Indochina) was the last one in operational service.
The Nº 2 built in its handling trolley. Not one of the prettiest thing around, but with its a quite neat hull and that wing-mounted 350hp Hispano-Suiza 9Qd engine, the 452 had a certain charm.
This superbly convincing fictional aircraft was built to take part, as a supposed VTOL prototype fighter, in the almost forgotten “The Plane Makers” BBC series (1965-69). The series was about the running and personal dramas of an aircraft factory, the Scott Furlong Ltd. A sort of British “Dallas” or “Falcon Crest” with aircraft,…. something almost unimaginable in nowadays TV.
Obviously inspired in the Fairey Delta and its bastard descendant’s VTOL variant, the Balzac V. With the just measure of Hawker P.1127 undercarriage. Give way, please.
The very alive cockpit of the Belgian Mirage 5BA in the Musée Européen de l’Aviation de Chasse, Montelimar (France). A place where people take care of their jewels.
This elegant French all-metal trimotor airliner was conceived for Air France in the early-middle 1930’s. First flown in 1935, the prototype was all but a success being too heavy, vastly underpowered and inestable. With Air France’s technical policies changing to the acquisition of four-engined airliners, the future of this questionable trimotor became sealed. Anyway, after modifications, the French company took reluctantly the unique prototype in 1938. It whereabouts soon afterwards are obscure; some said it ended in Spain.
One of the hardware stars of the Strategic Air Command (1955) movie. The Peacemaker “actor” (51-5734) in this ethereal scene was powered only by its P&W Wasp Majors. No need here for the extra oomph of the jets.
Almost peaceful…, like SAC’s profession.
Deliciously vintage photo taken at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (Omaha, Nebraska) long before those beauties were moved indoors. Very heavy metal there.
Photo: SAC Museum.
The last of the flying Vulcans (XH558) giving us some fine wingtip vortexes and the right amount of condensation.