Lockheed L-1649A Starliner: Magic Carpet Drive.

The Starliner was the ultimate evolution of the beautiful Connie designed in response to the Douglas’ moneymaking DC-7C “Seven Seas”. In the end the Douglas outsold widely the Lockheed: the latter had longer legs but was also more expensive. Anyway, both were the las hurrah of piston-engined airliners before the arrival of the jet era.

It was this good while it lasted.


Horten Ho VI: Reimar by Eduardo.

Not happy with his already magnificent Ho IVa, Reimar Horten decided to take its basic formula a step ahead. His spellbinding Ho VI of 1944 was an experimental nurflügel aircraft designed to further explore the potential of very high aspect ratio (AR) all-wing design against the best traditional sailplanes of the era. Not intended for series production, only two were produced. A pity.

The deceiving simplicity of Horten’s jewel as seen by my good friend Eduardo Alonso.

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter: Einfach Wunderbar !!!

Utterly innovative and original display of the German Luftwaffe F-104G (20+90) Martin-Baker Mk. GQ-7(A) ejection seat “in action” at the Deutches Museum.  I kinda love his French Gueneau type 316 flying helmet.
Germans and their love/hate relation with the Starfighter. They used some of these seats indeed.

Marine too, at ease. 

Dornier Delphin III (L3): Grace wasn’t in the equation.

The peculiar Delphin were produced Dornier in the 1920’s as single-engined a small commercial flying boat to compliment their larger tandem-engined Wals. With those iconic Wals the Delphin shared the squared low-aspect ratio wing surfaces and the household stummels. Three basic models were produced with each one characterised by its increased in power and payload. The Delphin III was the most powerful of them and could take 10 passengers. They had few takers.

With its BMW VI perched above the “nautical” cabin, these were a strange kind of dolphins. Anyway, that engine configuration again.