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….

Armstrong (2019): Don’t accept imitations.

I found some time last night to watch this documentary. I must confess I had some trepidations about it, but ended quite pleased with the final product. The outstanding footage comes together with a very measured screenplay, thankfully not too hagiographic. In short, it has all “First Man” lacks.

I kinda like this alternative movie poster. Is it me or Neil, in the X-15’s late-model MC-2 pressure suit, looked a lot like Yuri Gagarin?

Lockheed F-104A/C “Zip”: “Beam Him Up, Scotty.”

Not a devoted Trekkie by any means, but the original series had something. I like particularly those episodes when the action took part at the Earth. Among them Season 1 “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”, with a Starfighter in it, is at the very top.

Our hero wears the usual headgear of the era, nicely customised though. Ah, and a very clean Orange International jumpsuit.

Yakovlev Yak-18: Three Soviet Stars.

World War 2 put Yakovlev firmly in the fighter’s business, but they didn’t forget the type of aircraft which made them well-know and respected: the humble initial trainers. The search of a replacement for the household UT-2 started the very same month of the German surrender. Basically a development of an advanced UT-2 model tested late in the war, the Yak-18 was a classic no-nonsense evolution of it predecessor. Hugely successful the design has been produced in massive numbers and has generated a wide family of derivatives.

The subject of this post, its magnificently cowled Shvetsov M-11 and a young-looking and lean Alexei Leonov. He carried his ShL-50 the cocky Russian way, obviously.

Western Electric type 1-A helmet: Calling Dr. Love.

The type 1-A was the first flying helmet incorporating radio-telephone equipment. It saw very limited use during the final year of WW1. The helmet was conceived to be employed with a face mask incorporating a microphone assembly. The latter’s development proved troublesome and, as we can see here, our model has resorted to a conventional hand-held mike.

A dandy and kinda avant-garde outfit. I do love it.