Supermarine Spitfire: “What Every Pilot Knows.”

The Gremlins were at first those evil creatures of RAF mythology related to the breakdowns in the planes. It was precisely a RAF fighter pilot, Roald Dahl, who spread their mischiefs with his “The Gremlins” (1943) book.

Artist: Gustaf Tenggren (Collier’s magazine, 1942).

Twelve O’Clock High: Sweating up the storm.

COVID-19 quarantine times here in Spain and I’ve taken the extra time to revisit old classics. Nothing to add to this monument of film; the US Library of Congress is totally right in its appraisal. Anyway, the pedantic in me has a hard time watching the anachronistic headgear wore by Gregory Peck, among others. The movie was based on 1942 events and for that the A-8B oxygen mask was correct, but the early A-11 flying helmet and B-8 goggles certainly not.

Do take care.

“Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I”: I’m on him.

Artistic interpretation of Tom Hardy “in action” inside the modified Yak-52TW used for Spitfire cockpit inflight shots in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” 2017 movie. According to some friends a sheer good way to spend an evening. Not so sure in my case. Still pending, I’m not a Nolan’s admirer. Some day…, maybe, perhaps.

Hardy wears the unmistakable B helmet, a crude D oxygen mask and the magnificent Mk IVb googles with the anti-glare polarised screen up. The latter’s an anachronism if I’m not very mistaken.

Artist: Mauro Belfiore.

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.