Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde: Outer Space.

The spotless cockpit interior of the 002 prototype reunited last year with Concorde test pilot Brian Trubshaw’s stunning and lovingly cared ML12 Pressure flight helmet (vomit port included). More info.

Those yokes….

“Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I”: I’m on him.

Artistic interpretation of Tom Hardy “in action” inside the modified Yak-52TW used for Spitfire cockpit inflight shots in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” 2017 movie. According to some friends a sheer good way to spend an evening. Not so sure in my case. Still pending, I’m not a Nolan’s admirer. Some day…, maybe, perhaps.

Hardy wears the unmistakable B helmet, a crude D oxygen mask and the magnificent Mk IVb googles with the anti-glare polarised screen up. The latter’s an anachronism if I’m not very mistaken.

Artist: Mauro Belfiore.

Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart: A punch in the air.

Superlative recruiting poster by the Convair company. Sadly, their Sea Darts never proved themselves able to deliver any punch. In the background, Sea Dart (BuNo 135762) looking for trouble. Regrettably, that very aircraft disintegrated in mid-air over San Diego Bay, California (USA) during a demonstration flight (4 Nov. 1954) killing Convair test pilot Charles E. Richbourg; he inadvertently exceeded the design limitations.

Anyway, the people of Convair knew how to design stunning cockpit canopies.

Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger: Inverse fairy tale.

A pair of Convair employees giving a polish to the TF-102A cockpit mock-up, around 65 years ago. Convair decided to employ a side-by-side cockpit instead of a tandem design and they paid dearly. The rather bulbous cockpit created severe buffet and drag at high speed. After some redesign, a set of vortex generators on the cockpit canopy framing remedied the problem. It was a dirty cure.

Sadly, those incredible looking split air intakes were deleted on the production models. Such a beautiful duckling.