Bf 110 or Ju 87B: The Dandiest Bordschütze.

Not 100% sure about this gunner’s aircraft. Anyway, that MG 15 machine gun and the canopy structure reflected in his early Nitsche und Günther Splitterschutzbrille googles looks a lot like the one in the Bf 110 or even the “Bertha” Stuka. All in all, he wears the typical Luftwaffe mid-war head gear. Quite similar to this Jäger.


Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2/Trop: Because the Night.

Like Patti Smith’s song my relation with the Black 6 has always been a torrid one, I must confess. So imagine my shock when I’ve discovered tonight a bunch of stupendous photos taken during an engine night run. These photos have just been published in the highly recommendable Me 109/ Black 6 Facebook place. They’ve been so kind to allow me to share one of them in here. Muchas gracias, my friends.

With her heart burning bright. This is by far my favourite.

Junkers Ju 52/3m: Peaceful flying Drakkars (II).

The “Tante Ju” was not the sleekest bird in the sky, specially equipped with those huge floats, but it certainly was one of the most profitable, adaptable and dependable. With DC-3’s permission.
By the way, in this configuration the Ju 52/3m proved to be more successful than the DC-3 on floats.

Informative poster of the Swedish government-owned Aerotransport airline.

Friedel-Ursinus (B.1092/14): In the beginning….

The unusual G.I started the family of Gotha’s heavy bombers, a company name that became (in-)famous in that business. The B.1092/14 was designed by Oskar Ursinus, the founder and editor of the seminal Flugsport magazine, and Major Friedel. The main peculiarity of this biplane design was that its fuselage was attached to the upper wing instead of the usual lower one. Its two engines were placed close together on the lower wing to minimize, it seems, the asymmetrical thrust in case of engine failure.
The Friedel-Ursinus prototype made its maiden flight in early 1915 and its tests showed the need of some improvements. After a few modifications Gotha Waggonfabrik decided to produce a very modest number of them (around 20). Its operational story is obscure, but one thing is certain: they weren’t loved. Gotha chose to follow a more conventional layout for their later “G” bombers.

The bizarre shape of the B 1092/14 flying overhead us. Its utterly German-looking aerodynamically balanced ailerons were one of the improvements applied after the initial tests.

Horten Ho IX V3: Just because.

In the hands of the Smithsonian NASM’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, The V3 is the only surviving Ho IX (Go 229) airframe. This “versuch” aircraft was larger than the two previous prototypes, modified in various areas to be used as a template for the intended production versions.

Spellbinding cutaway of an astonishing aircraft. Just what the doctor ordered.

Artist: Arthur Bentley.