Douglas DC-4 Skymaster: Atlas, a su servicio.

As with other companies, the DC-4 (C-54-B5-DO, really) put Iberia in the international market. This robust workhorse gave the Spanish national airline twenty-two (1946-68) loyal years of service without any serious accident.

Interesting and also quite unusual artwork, for the subject in question, I mean.

Lohner B.I “Pfeil”: Flechas Austriacas sobre el Rif.

The Pfeilflieger (arrow-flier) was an Austria-Hungarian military recon biplane designed and built before the start of WW1. Conventional for its era, the Pfeil in various up-powered versions was employed by its home country initially in anger and later as trainers.

Five B.I were acquired by the Spanish in 1913 and they served in an Aeronáutica Militar squadron in the then Spanish Protectorate in Morocco. One of them here displaying the type’s commendable climb performance over Tetuán, 1913.

CASA C-101EB Aviojet: “Culopollo” para los amigos.

First flown more than forty years ago, the C-101’s still going quite strong in the Spanish Ejército del Aire (EdA). Nothing rare nowadays anyway, just a sign of our era. Conceived to replace the indigenous Saeta, in the design of Aviojet participated both Northrop and the MBB companies. The objetive was to produce an unassuming no-nonsense design cheap to operate. A very civilian Honeywell TFE731 turbofan was chosen as a powerplant with economy in mind. Curiously, it has one very unorthodox feature for a trainer: an internal weapons bay. They had some more warrior-like development in mind, but only the few exported had some teeth.

One of the C-101s of the Patrulla Águila (Eagle Patrol) EdA aerobatic team. Its official name is “Mirlo” (Blackbird), but for obvious reasons it is nicknamed “Culopollo” (Chicken Butt).