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.
Two French Mirages (F1C – IIIEE) & two Americans from Missouri (F-18A – F-4C). The Spanish policy of fighter’s suppliers diversification in one cute late 1980s photo.
Phantom’s smoking J79’s.
The svelte lines of an early Jumo-powered Bf 109B of the Legion Condor in all its splendour. In this case, if I’m not very mistaken, the Berta (6-32) of Reinhard “Seppi” Seiler, 2/J88. A Spanish Civil War 9 victories ace. He added 159 more to his score on WW2, and survived.
This stunning star of Culopollos of the Patrulla Águila and I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Spanish Ejército del Aire -and aviation in general- saint’s day today; for the Roman Catholics at least.
Kitsch Spanish postcard of the late 1920/early 1930s. The Madonna is really that naive in person. Any buyers?
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.
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).