Spitfire is a drug. I’ve just revisited, again, the ” Battle of Britain” (1969) movie. With all its defects, nothing has come near this classic; no digital effects and plenty of hardware “in action”. Well, there one thing I hate in this movie: they killed the best “pilot” and I can’t really forgive them for that. The headgear was also quite dubious.
Such a glorious line. His name is….
Just re-visited the very decent “No Highway in the Sky” (1951) movie. James Stewart as a seriously absent minded American “boffin” working in the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE). The story goes around how a metal fatigue problem he’s discovered on a brand new airliner has gone unnoticed and his quest to prevent a catastrophe.
Apart of Stewart’s usual flawless performance the most interesting thing of this movie is, of course, the Reindeer airliner. The Reindeer looks, even then, quite dated -like something out of a sci-fi serials of the prewar years. The supposed metal fatigue problem was located in the tail and it’s there were the tour-de-force of the Reindeer design was placed: with its outrageous fishy shape and with that bizarre biplane horizontal stabilizer units.
Not sure of what James Stewart, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the USAF, could have been thinking here….
Dynamic and not totally accurate recreation of a Voodoo’s scape capsule in action. In fact, the F-101’s employed a quite conventional Weber ejection seat.
Artist: Robert McCall (Collier’s Magazine, June 1956)
Well, an Ala Littoria’s Marsupiale over Japan,….Mount Fujiyama and a Torii included. Fantasy sure flew at Alfa Romeo.
Such a lovely poster anyway.
Getting near Alan Shepard’s historic Freedom 7 space flight anniversary (May 5, 1961).
José Jiménez was a fictional Mexican astronaut character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana. Astronaut Jiménez caught on with the Mercury astronauts, specially with Alan Shepard: he could recite many of Dana’s Jiménez routines by heart. The character became a sort Mercury program’s unofficial mascot, and Dana was even made the “eighth astronaut”.
Looks like the conveniently startling Bill Jack Instrument MA-3 pressure served as the model for this well finished headgear prop.
Total war at the home front. Such a dynamic yet unbelievable drawing. Anyway, another artist seduced again by the clean lines of the He 112B -with imaginative wings in this case.
Artist: Harold William McCauley.
The very promising beginning of “Toward the Unknown” (1956) movie. Efficient acting, interesting storyline, some nostalgia and a very interesting bunch of aviation rarities. Not one of the all-time classics, that’s for sure, but a profitable way nevertheless to spend almost 2 hours.