Polikarpov I-16 Mosca: “Homage to the Aviation.”

The Spanish Republican magnificent poster art during the Guerra Civil. A female allegory of the Socialist Party saluting what seems to be a trio of idealised Moscas which draw with their trails the Republican flag.

Artist: Amado M. Oliver (1936-37).


Dassault Mirage IIIEE: Worth of its value.

This superb photo does justice to this “Plancheta”, and not the one of my previous post. This Mirage suffered a serious accident in 1977, too damaged to fly again it was grounded and became a monument. Before its nowadays location it was placed at the BA Manises.

I know, when I start with one of my beloved subjects….

CASA C-201 Alcotán: Going backwards, badly.

And with the Alcotán (Kestrel) we arrived at the end -from the beginning- of Spanish’s Franco transport aircraft autarchy dreams. This design was conceived in the mid/late-1940s as a sort of light multirole twin-engined military aircraft. First flown in early 1949, the Alcotán was basically a mid-1930s aircraft which arrived fifteen years too late. During the test flights the design also proved to be less than startling. Anyway, those were the lesser of its problems. It was the poor state of development of the Spanish aviation ancillary industry, mainly props and engines, the cause of Alcotán’s demise. Notwithstanding that a production of almost a hundred airframes(!) was completed in 1955. Of them only a pre-serie of twelve were fully completed and flew with various engines, both local and foreign. The debacle ended mercifully in the early 1960s when the government monetary compensated CASA and then scrapped the poor Alcotanes.

One of the flying dozen was evaluated by the Escuela de Paracaidistas (Paratroopers School)…. they didn’t like it even before this happened. Poor little thing.

Dassault Mirage F1EE: Rainbow Warriors.

Two of the twenty-two F1EEs acquired in the early 1980s by the Ejército del Aire (Spanish AF). These quite advanced fighters with their characteristic “Azul Marino” air superiority livery were used to equip the 462 esquadrón based at Gando, in the paradisiacal “Islas Afortunadas”, the Canary Islands. Summer time mood, my friends.

Gorgeous pilot’s Gueneau Type 316G helmet, with its neat Ulmer Type 82M oxygen mask.

Metropolitan & Carvair: Diametrically opposed at first sight.

The two disparate worker bees of this Spanish charter airline during the 1960s. One of the three Metropolitans acquired second-hand which became the first pressurised airlines of the company and one of the two DC-4s converted by Aviation Traders into pedestrian Carvairs by Aviaco’s order.

Neat and clever publicity art in the “AVIÓN” magazine. I find quite irresistible the stylist design chosen for the CV-440 compared with the realistic drawing of the Carvair.