Boeing B-29 Superfortress: Flight of Fancy (III).

The other day thinking about the now two airworthy B-29’s all the sudden I remembered a childhood all-favorite of mine, Disney’s 1980 “The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark” movie. The Superfortress featured in the flying sequences was “Fertile Myrtle” (45-21787 / BuNo 84029). A famous aircraft, “Fertile Myrtle”, was employed from 1951 to 1956 by the US Navy/NACA to launch the iconic Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket. Owned nowadays by Kermit Weeks, its nose is currently on display in the International Sport Aviation Museum (Lakeland, Florida). The rest of the aircraft is stored. As an aside, four other B-29’s wrecks were acquired also from the China Lake Naval Weapons Center for diverse non-flying duties in the movie.

The movie is utterly naive, but in a good way. Pure nostalgia.


Discovery One’s EVA Pod: Open the Pod bay doors, HAL.

I knew as I was writing the other day the GD LEM mock-up/simulator post I would sin sooner than later. And so it happened yesterday night, the umpteenth time I’ve watched Kubrick’s masterpiece.

To me those spacesuits designed by Harry Lange are as unrivalled as the movie itself. Sadly, Bowman lacks his helmet when he needed most. That helmet was the best feature of the whole suit.

Hispano Aviación HA-1112 K1L: The Great Pretender (V).

The “Jotas” are still fooling people. Not the first time I saw this particular image taken from the movie “Der Stern von Afrika” of 1957 passed as the real deal. Quite understandable. Not only because the Jota looks the part,… that original 7,92mm Rheinmetall MG-15 machine gun with its lovely spider sight sure helps.

Una preciosidad de foto.

Mikoyan-Gurevich “MiG-19”: A Russian from Bremen.

The utterly magnificent Aurora Model’s MIG-19 model box cover circa 1955. Such was the lack of information about the first Soviet supersonic fighter the people of Aurora had to use their imagination quite wildly. Their “MiG-19” was only transonic and very German, a sort of Ta 183 spin-off. Granted, the Russians, and many others, used and abused of German technological know-how, but to use an almost carbon copy of a ten years old design pretending to pass it as the latest most advanced enemy fighter….

By the way, I have a sister called Aurora.

Lockheed 8A Sirius: The recipe was right, but…

The Model 8 Sirius was created by a pair of real luminaries -Jack Northrop and Gerard Vultee- in 1929 to answer a Charles Lindbergh’s request. Lindbergh intended to use his Sirius to undertake with his wife, Ann Morrow, some exploratory flights; they made together two very famous ones in 1931 and 1933. In total 15 of these advanced aircraft were produced, of which some enjoyed very interesting lives.

Publicity photo of Cary Grant and his partner, the German shepherd “Lightning”, taken on the set of “Wings in the Dark” (1935) with the gorgeous “bigtailed” 8A (NC117W) as an impressive background. Sadly, this lovely but more than clunky aviation movie didn’t exactly made a successful take off. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch it anyway, the Sirius inflight scenes are superb.

Scott Furlong Predator: Looking the part.

This superbly convincing fictional aircraft was built to take part, as a supposed VTOL prototype fighter, in the almost forgotten “The Plane Makers” BBC series (1965-69). The series was about the running and personal dramas of an aircraft factory, the Scott Furlong Ltd. A sort of British “Dallas” or “Falcon Crest” with aircraft,…. something almost unimaginable in nowadays TV.

Obviously inspired in the Fairey Delta and its bastard descendant’s VTOL variant, the Balzac V. With the  just measure of Hawker P.1127 undercarriage.  Give way, please.