There were more Stuka aces than just Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Rudel’s well-deserved and warrior qualities somehow eclipsed the limelight from others, among them was Dr. Ernst Kupfer. Furthermore, in Kupfer we found both an outstanding warrior (636 combat missions!) and a pretty fine officer. Sadly, he didn’t live to see the end of the war; he die in a routine plane crash in late 1943.
The gaunt looking Kupfer gazes defiantly at the camera wearing his Knight Cross, neat LKp W 101 flight helmet and sporty Nitsche und Günther Splitterschutzbrille googles. This portrait looks like one of the many produced by Wolfgang Willrich. That face…..
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).
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.
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.