The backseater of this 318th FIS F-106B (McChord AFB, WA) really knew how to take a sublime selfie. Pretty neat headgear outfit: a neatly personalised single visor HGU-26/P with the ubiquitous MBU-5/P oxygen mask. The Mount Rainier in the background is just the icing one the cake.
Just too cool.
In the the late 1940’s and during almost all the 1950’s they were indeed the very best, by far. Things have changed quite a bit since then.
The people of Convair deserved some praise here: they listed their “Convair-Liner’s” main competitor, the Martin 4-0-4, among the best. A real class act, my friends
Due to a loss of power this “Garrapata” of the Malaga Air Base ended this way, “bebiendo agua” -literally too-, in the rocky Salobreña beach (1969).
A gorgeous incident if I may say so.
In times of Brexit and referendums let’s remember a pair of things that made them great together. The superb Mk.IIa of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) close to the almost equally iconic Long Nose Jaguar D-type of the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse. Photo taken at the 2015 BBMF RAF Coningsby.
A more tamed Jaguar.
This is the second experimental helicopter designed by the Chinese Major-General Chu, and the first one built in Formosa (Taiwan) after the Communists total occupation of mainland China. Powered by a 190 hp Lycoming engine, this tiny tandem rotor CJC-3 began its tests in 1952 and was a more ambitious effort influenced by Piasecki‘s technology. Only one prototype was built; the CJC-3A designation was given to it when upgraded in 1956.
Maybe not pretty, but neat anyway.
The kurir (Courier) was a two/three-seat light cabin monoplane designed in the middle 1950’s to meet a Yugoslav Army requirement for an aircraft suitable for liaison, army observation and ambulance. All that with Short take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities. Its designers didn’t have too look very far to find inspiration. The Kurir is in fact a sort of scaled-down Fieseler Storch, but of all metal construction. Like the Fi-156, these neat little things turned out to be quite handy and beloved. The around 145 built served efficiently with the Yugoslav Peoples Army until 1972 when they’re replaced by helicopters. After that, the military released them to civilian aeroclubs where they were used mainly as glider-tugs.
A standard production DM-6R powered Kurir all down and dirty, just like another little stork.
A Mil Mi-6 crew member comrade havin’ fun with a former totalitarian foe. The clock was already ticking for the USSR Communism too. How times flies.
If only that Stuka‘s wreck would be still there…