Gloster Javelin FAW.9: Resting Places (XL).

Photo: David Jefferis.

The gutless remains of the Javelin’s ultimate model – with FAW.8’s permission- at the Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton (UK). The Sapphire engines were one of the quite a few snags of the “Flat Iron”. That said, it was an astonishing looking beast which rendered a honest service to the RAF, with its unique charm and elan. I kinda love it.

One of the worst written books I’ve ever read. Anyway, an interesting source of info, but other books do offer just that without the pain. Poor Javelin….

Dassault Mystère II C: Y a-t-il quelqu’un là-dedans?

In view of the success of the Ouragan, Dassault soon started working on a more advanced swept-wing derivative. They responded quite fast with their II C production model, but the result was an unmitigated nightmare. The around 170 built inherited the Oraugan’s lack of spare parts problem, an immature Atar D axial engine, work-in-progress aerodynamics, among many other delicacies. Technology in the 1950s evolved way too fast and they became an expensive stopgap until the arrival of the IV A. Only two Escuadres barely flew them.

This pilot of the 10e Escadre de Chasse (Creil) seemed to be wondering if his II C was in a flying mood. The radome seen inside the intake was intended to house the Derveaux type 148’s antenne de télémétrie. It remained empty; a less advanced “antenne” was placed above the intake instead. The poor thing.

A Summa Cum Laude effort; not easy reading, mind you.

Antonov An-12: Centuries, millenniums apart.

One of those photos -poor quality, sorry- you never forget; at least it’s my case. An Indian An-12 is seen landing at the harsh Leh high-altitude airfield (Ladakh Himalayas), 11,5554 ft above sea level. While these soldiers bring in a casualty by a yak.

This neat jewel brought me here. Perusing times in this muggy day. Superb Derek Bunce’s cover piece of art.

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.

Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow: It was not to be.

Designed to replace the household CF-100 Canuck, the Arrow was one of those cursed aircraft designs cancelled despite its potential. It started originally as a swept-winged version of the its predecessor, but the end product was a clean sheet delta wing beauty powered by a pair of equally outstanding Iroquois engines. Fast, highly advanced and ahead of its time, the Arrow’s demise due to political considerations still echoes. The result was not just the death of a superb interceptor and its engines, but also of Canada’s aerospace industry potential as a whole.

Unfulfilled dream. Photo of the first Mk.1 prototype (RL-201) taken the day of its official roll-out, Oct. 4, 1957. Yep, it was overshadowed by the Sputnik 1’s news. Cursed already.

Profiting from these days of isolation to revisit some jewels. Pure porn this very graphic book.