B.F. Goodrich Mercury suit: Here we go again.

Can get any more Sixties. Richard Avedon really got mileage outta that “Mercury” suit.

“Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I”: I’m on him.

Artistic interpretation of Tom Hardy “in action” inside the modified Yak-52TW used for Spitfire cockpit inflight shots in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” 2017 movie. According to some friends a sheer good way to spend an evening. Not so sure in my case. Still pending, I’m not a Nolan’s admirer. Some day…, maybe, perhaps.

Hardy wears the unmistakable B helmet, a crude D oxygen mask and the magnificent Mk IVb googles with the anti-glare polarised screen up. The latter’s an anachronism if I’m not very mistaken.

Artist: Mauro Belfiore.

Todd biplane: Mammy Cool.

E. Lillian Todd sitting behind the wheel of her brainchild. This turn of the century inventor was the first woman who became an aeronautical engineer (self-taught); so her biplane was accordingly the first one designed by any woman (1909-10).

I’m not trying to be disrespectful with the “Mammy Cool” comment. She looks here as stiff as a poker anyway.

Aerocar Model 1: Daddy Cool (XX).

Former WW2 pilot an aeronautical engineer Moulton “Molt” Taylor started his quest for a convertible aeroplane/car in 1946. The first prototype made its maiden fight three years later. His Aerocar Model 1 was a two-seater which had a two-part fuselage comprising the car forward body section and an aft detachable section carrying wings and tail. Only five more Model 1 were subsequently produced. Not one to give up easily, Taylor persevered with the idea anyway.

A deservedly proud daddy next to a dandy 1/4 scale wind tunnel model. Quite early in the development in view of that wide lower fin.

Yakovlev Yak-18: Three Soviet Stars.

World War 2 put Yakovlev firmly in the fighter’s business, but they didn’t forget the type of aircraft which made them well-know and respected: the humble initial trainers. The search of a replacement for the household UT-2 started the very same month of the German surrender. Basically a development of an advanced UT-2 model tested late in the war, the Yak-18 was a classic no-nonsense evolution of it predecessor. Hugely successful the design has been produced in massive numbers and has generated a wide family of derivatives.

The subject of this post, its magnificently cowled Shvetsov M-11 and a young-looking and lean Alexei Leonov. He carried his ShL-50 the cocky Russian way, obviously.