Dassault Mirage F1CR: On y va!!!

A trio of racy F1CRs taking things easy later in their service lives.

The definition of Élan.


de Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapide: Master & Commander.

The great Neil Williams at the helm of the always neat Dragon Rapide (G-AKIF). These de Havilland twin-engined biplane airliners with their single-seat pilot cockpits have always been very high in my list of gorgeousness.

NAA XB-70A Valkyrie: A really quick view.

Take a look inside the surviving Valkyrie. The first prototype AV-1 (62-0001) rests majestically at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio. After just 83 flights, a mere 160 hours and 16 minutes of flying time, it’s almost brand new…., just two owners.

The view is provided by Tyler Rogoway.

Lockheed U-2C: Above from bellow.

The superbly preserved cockpit of U-2C (NASA 708/N708NA). This productive U-2 is now on display outside the Moffett Field Museum at the Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California.

Two features peculiar of the early U-2s are displayed here: the combined driftsight/sextant (with a photo of the Mountain View area fixed)  and the large control wheel. The latter, a rarity in a single-engined jet aircraft, with its pair of handy pencil holders in the middle.

Vought XF8U-1 (Mock-Up): “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”.

One of the superb photos taken during the XF8U-1 mock-Up Inspection (Sept. 16-18, 1953) held at the Chance Vought Division, United Aircraft Corporation, Dallas, Texas. The model is displaying here the Vought ejection seat activation through face curtain. He seems to be wearing the ultra-rare David Clark US. Navy Model 16 pressure suit, not 100% sure though.

Don’t ask me why but I’ve always found this kind of seat activation hilarious .

Douglas A3D-2 Skywarrior: Jonah abides.

Superb portrait of a HATRON Four (VAH-4) “Whale” pilot. He seems quite happy and contented with the A3D lack of ejection seats; the bizarre round shape behind his seat is the seat headrest. At the right we can observe the Bombardier/Navigator’s console.
Our aviator looks certainly smart in his orange international flight suit. Nothing garish in his natty late version APH-5 flying helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask either.

Dassault Mirage IIIE: Au bureau.

The magnificent photo at the back cover of a scarce book :”La 13ème Escadre de chasse: 40 ans d’histoire dans le ciel d’Alsace : du F-86K au Mirage F1CT” (1997).
This pilot’s Guereau 316 flight helmet bears splendidly the colours of the Escadron de chasse (EC) 1/13 “Artois”, then one of the units of the 13ème Escadre de chasse.

A very alive office. I love its Breguet type 11 clock. I once sat in a more inert one when I was a kid during an open day at the Manises AFB.