Junkers Ju 87B: Stukas in the mist.

Evocative photo of Stukas of the Stab/StG 2 taken, maybe, in France, 1940.  Those SC 250 bombs, the atmosphere, the sharp-looking sentinel and his Gew. 98…., almost too good.


Panavia Tornado IDS: Feuerwerk !!!

The MW-1 (Mehrzweckwaffe 1) in action. Conceived for the Tornado for the very same purpose of the british JP233, this Luftwaffe munitions dispenser is to me certainly more impressive, at least to watch. If I’m not mistaken this weapon is now phased out following the german ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2009.

LFG Roland C.II: Flying Orca.

This sort of multi-role aircraft built by the Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft G.m.b.H was a truly advanced aircraft by the time of its first flight in 1915. Nicknamed the “Walfisch” (Whale) due to its deep all-wooden fuselage which filled the vertical gap between its two wing panels, the C.II displayed remarkable low drag and was both fast and sturdy. The model entered service in the spring of 1916 where it proved to have demanding in handling but also a success in its various operational duties, recon and escort mainly. Over four hundred were produced.

Pretty impressive artwork/cutaway appeared in the American Modeler magazine Sep. 1962 issue. Regrettably this one doesn’t display the humorous curtains some of them carried on their fuselage windows.

Mitsubishi Ki-2: More than words.

Like other japanese companies of the interwar era, the Mitsubishi established technical relation with the germans. Both the K-2 light bomber and its heavy weight relative, the K-1, were conceived taken as a basis Junker’s late 1920s K37 bomber. Being of Junkers’ heritage these all-metal bombers were obviously sturdy and no-nonsense. That said, by the time they entered service, in the second half of the 1930s, they looked and were dated. They served well though, there wasn’t much opposition anyway. All in all something less than two hundred of k-2s were produced.

They had a short but feisty career during the Japan’s China imbroglio. This utterly nipponese poster commemorates the Second Sino-Japanese War….., Great Wall included. Those K-2’s have suffered an artist’s “facelift” -they weren’t that stylish.

BFW Monoplane: Swept avant-garde.

This astonishing forward swept wing-equipped monoplane was produced by the then little known Bayerische Flugzeug-Werke in 1918. Powered by the ubiquitous 160 hp Daimler D.III, this clean monoplane employed a fuselage strapolated from the company’s unsuccessful CL.II/III. No idea about its qualities; the only single prototype built has left almost no story to tell.

Poor definition, but it’s the only photo available. Kinda cute, don’t you think so?

Märkische D.I: Daddy Cool (XVI).

The oscure Märkische Flugzeug-Werke (MFW) company’s main contribution to the German war effort during WW1 was to built Rumpler C.Is under licence. By 1917, the company took a further step when they produced its own design. Their D.I was a conventional biplane single-seat fighter. Designed by Hillmann, it was powered by a neatly cowled 195 h.p Benz Bz IIIb engine. Only this prototype was produced; it seems it was not good enough.

It was certainly a pretty convincing looking aircraft. That nice nose configuration predated quite a bunch of aircraft of the 1920s.