The neatly dressed Project Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton observes the night launch of an Atlas missile from Cape Canaveral. Sadly, Slayton didn’t have the chance to ride one of those fiery Atlases because he was grounded in 1962 due to an irregular heart rhythm. Thirteen patient years later Deke reached orbit at last with the Apollo-Soyuz mission.
Photo by Ralph Morse (LIFE magazine).
The great Neil Williams at the helm of the always neat Dragon Rapide (G-AKIF). These de Havilland twin-engined biplane airliners with their single-seat pilot cockpits have always been very high in my list of gorgeousness.
Such a swell dame descending from a gorgeously finished pre-production “Flying Fortress”. Lake was part of the superb cast of “I wanted Wings” 1941 movie; she made with this movie her the Big Break. The film was also well stuffed with aircraft: BT-9, P-40, B-18, AT-6, A-17 and B-17B. A nicely done propaganda effort winner of Best Special Effects Oscar in 1941.
100% worth the time spent in it.
This Luftwaffe “Black Man” (ground mechanic) is calibrating the definitely robust Zeiss Ikon ESK 2000 B 16mm gun camera on the wing of an early Bf 109E.
As I’ve said before not a fan of colored photos, but there’re exceptions.
90 years old turns James A. (Jim) Lovell today, ninety, my friends. Good ole”Shaky” has always been anything but tremulous.
Funny portrait taken during his first space mission, Gemini VII. Lovell wears the weird looking David Clark G5C, a soft spacesuit that incorporated a separated “bone dome” helmet.
Relishing with gusto Le Corbusier’s 1935 book “Aircraft”. In that classic work, the peerless architect placed aviation as the pinnacle of modern technical achievement. It was then indeed.
He also declared the ecstatic feeling aviation produced in him. He surely disguised well his emotions: the Super Connie was his preferred aircraft.
Stylist portrait of a Regia Aeronautica (RA) pilot taken during a supposed stratospheric flight over Greece. Based on the cockpit canopy structure and the shape of the control wheel, the aircraft looks to me like an Alcione. Not 100% sure though.
The pilot’s headgear consists of a Giusti flight helmet and the bulky and unmistakable FILOTECNICA oxygen mask; the RA standard issue. Its truncated cone shape earned that mask the nickname “dognose” or “pignose”. The flight suit appears to be a MARUS 1930.
Photo: Rivista Tempo n.82, 1940.