Convair XFY Pogo: STAY AT HOME !!!

Learning to walk before you run. The Pogo getting ready for its indoors tests inside the humongous dirigible hangar at Moffett Field, California (June, 1954). The aircraft was suspended from a tough cable which was attached to the propellers hub. Other cables were attached to the wings and fins to stabilise the prototype. The whole idea proved to be a failure; the XFY’s props generated too much turbulence and the tests continued outdoors.

….., but you are not a Pogo. Keep Safe.

Bristol 188: Flaming Pencil, not literally.

Built mainly in stainless steel, Type 188 was conceived for high-speed research flight. In particular to study the kinetic heating on an aircraft during extended sustained flight. Powered by a pair of de Havilland Gyron Juniors, the first of the two very, very expensive prototypes made its first flight in 1962. Disappointment followed. The design proved to be a dismal failure in its intended role because the high fuel consumption of the engines didn’t allow any sustained heating. The project was cancelled after only less than two years of flight operations.

A pretty impressive and convincing beast it was. Those Good Year tyres had a tough job: the 188 had an almost insane take-off speed. Shades of the Blunt Dagger.

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.

Curtiss XP-46: Coolness in a cool day.

The XP-46 was conceived by Don R. Berlin as a replacement of Curtiss household P-40 taking in consideration the lessons learned at the start of WW2. A dismal failure, the XP-46 was one of those rare cases when the replacement proved to be worse than the aircraft it was intended to replace. Only two prototypes were produced.

That pretty flop taking-off on a freezing day at Buffalo(?) in glorious Kodachrome. There is a distinct lack of pilot’s head protection here.

Winter has come with a vengeance.

Örnen Balloon: Recklessly bold.

A precious document of the departure of Swede Auguste Andrée’s Örnen (Eagle) balloon. Him and two companions left Danes Island in 1897 with their hydrogen balloon and set course for the North Pole. The three never ever returned, alive. Their remains were found on the White Island in 1930, and returned home.

Yep, it’s cold outside.