Phantom’s smoking J79’s.
Built in the early 1930s, the AV-2 was one of the first of Charles Fauvel’s tailless designs and his first to fly. Of wooden construction and partially fabric-covered, this experimental flying wing was powered by a 32 hp ABC Scorpion engine placed inside a neatly egg-shaped nacelle. It was just the beginning. Fauvel’s flying wing designs infatuation endured for quite some time; both powered and unpowered examples appeared regularly well into the 1960s.
Pretty cute little thing. Another one of those so beloved to me.
The XV was a very successful two-seat observation biplane appeared just after the end of WWI. Conceived as a private venture by the Potez company, the design had its roots in the wartime SEA IV fighter designed also by Henry Potez and Louis Coroller (plus Marcel Bloch). Nothing out of the ordinary in its design; just a sturdy no-nonsense airframe powered by some decent engines. Almost seven hundred were produced, both in France and abroad under licence.
One of the twenty-four 400 hp Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db-powered Potez XV A.2 acquired by Yugoslavia flying over the truly stupendous background of the Prenj mountain, Herzegovina.
Photo: Coll. Milan Micevski.
A Super Étendard Modernisé (SEM) catching a wire on the Charles de Gaulle carrier. Sheer cinematic poetry.
It has been a long, long day; just happy to be back home.