The fastest tasting another kind of speed. Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna in the rear seat of a two-seat F-103D (Brazilian denomination) in April 29, 1989. Utterly proud of his country, Senna said after this flight: “Se todos tivessem a oportunidade de sentir a mesma emoção, teriam mais amor a pátria” / “If all Brazilians would have the opportunity to feel this same emotion, they would love more our country”. No nonsense man.
Senna is wearing the standard Brazilian AF headgear of the era: a single visor HGU-26/P helmet with a MBU-5/P oxygen mask……, but in magnificent “samba” colors.
Such a gorgeous inflight portrait. Two of my addictions nicely joined here.
A well-posed photo of a 111 Sqn pilot and his F3 (XP741) at RAF Wattisham in 1965. The trusty “square” is handling our knight hero the superb Taylor Type “E” high-altitude helmet. The red opening in that helmet is the mouth port…..used for drinking or vomiting, depending upon the wearer physical condition.
The imposing coolness of the Lightning, never get tired of it.
Photo: Ian Proctor.
The backseater of this 318th FIS F-106B (McChord AFB, WA) really knew how to take a sublime selfie. Pretty neat headgear outfit: a neatly personalised single visor HGU-26/P with the ubiquitous MBU-5/P oxygen mask. The Mount Rainier in the background is just the icing one the cake.
Just too cool.
How the incredible Hustler‘s escape capsule works. As we see in this “time capsule” GIF, in case of an emergency a protective clamshell would enclose the whole seat, the control stick included in case of the pilot. “Turted up” in such way the pilot could still continue to fly the Hustler or in case of a more dire situation undertake an immediate egress. The capsule would float and even be used as a life raft.
The “pilot” wears an Aviators Equipment Corporation MB-3 helmet with a MS22001 oxygen mask. That peculiar “soft” helmet with its detachable bill was used by the Strategic Air Command in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s for crew positions not requiring the use of a rigid helmet. The Hustler, with its escape capsule, was ideal. Hardware porn, my friends.
Stunt pilot extraordinary Frank G. Tallman and the Tallmanz Collection lovely restored Nieuport 28. Neatly, yet not accurately, attired for the occasion.
Larger than life both him and Paul Mantz.
Miss Kentucky (year?) about to step out of one of the 1-gravity trainer LRV used in happier times to give the Apollo astronauts instruction in the operation and driving practice of the real rover. The helper is wearing a definitely tired Command Module pilot (CMP) A7L space suit topped with a very rare early red Lunar Extravehicular Visor Assembly (LEVA).
Photo taken at the Space and Rocket Center Museum, Huntsville, Al (thanks, Alan). A Saturn rocket lying on the dirt and this. All very sad.
Wonderful nonchalant portrait of Ryan test pilot W.L. “Lou” Everett. “Lou” was, with Ryan Chief Test Pilot Peter Girard, one of the two pilots that flew the radical X-13. He was later involved in testing a few more of the company vertical take-off experimental aircraft. Regrettably, he lost his life during a XV-5 Vertifan flight in 1964.
I love “Lou” Everett’s flight gear patina. That hard working TOPTEX helmet with its “Hardman” receivers for the MBU-3/P oxygen mask and, specially, his really weathered A-2 jacket.