A superlative employ, again, of the classic legend by the KLM company. One of many.
Gorgeous were those twin-engined Fokkers.
Built in the early 1930s, the AV-2 was one of the first of Charles Fauvel’s tailless designs and his first to fly. Of wooden construction and partially fabric-covered, this experimental flying wing was powered by a 32 hp ABC Scorpion engine placed inside a neatly egg-shaped nacelle. It was just the beginning. Fauvel’s flying wing designs infatuation endured for quite some time; both powered and unpowered examples appeared regularly well into the 1960s.
Pretty cute little thing. Another one of those so beloved to me.
The svelte lines of an early Jumo-powered Bf 109B of the Legion Condor in all its splendour. In this case, if I’m not very mistaken, the Berta (6-32) of Reinhard “Seppi” Seiler, 2/J88. A Spanish Civil War 9 victories ace. He added 159 more to his score on WW2, and survived.
The fastest mail service and confortable too. No doubt why they said they were the “Greatest Air Service In the World.”
As we say here in Spain: No tenían abuela/They had not granny.
Photo: National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection.
The XV was a very successful two-seat observation biplane appeared just after the end of WWI. Conceived as a private venture by the Potez company, the design had its roots in the wartime SEA IV fighter designed also by Henry Potez and Louis Coroller (plus Marcel Bloch). Nothing out of the ordinary in its design; just a sturdy no-nonsense airframe powered by some decent engines. Almost seven hundred were produced, both in France and abroad under licence.
One of the twenty-four 400 hp Lorraine-Dietrich 12Db-powered Potez XV A.2 acquired by Yugoslavia flying over the truly stupendous background of the Prenj mountain, Herzegovina.
Photo: Coll. Milan Micevski.