Bloch MB.220: By Charris.

The MB.220 was a short-range medium airliner of the mid-late 1930s operated by Air France on their lucrative European routes. In the same league of the DC-2/3, this neat product of the Bloch company proved to be fast and dependable, and rendered good services. The production was certainly modest (17 in total), but the ones built saw extended and interesting service lives: military service by the germans, among other things, included.

September Song (2002) is a superb piece of the spanish painter Ángel Mateo Charris. Some of his paintings had aircraft in them; this is the one for me. The MB.220 identification is my guess, with some reservations. 


Breguet XIX: ….. & Aterrizando.

Also in a day like this another historic spanish air raid came to an end. The only surviving example of the three Breguet XIXs of the “Escuadrilla Elcano” landed in 13 may, 1926 at Nichols Field, Philippines after a 17.100km staged flight full of incidents.

Always found this stupendous photo-document quite alluring. Received by the same flag which had thrown out the Spaniards from their former colony…

B.A. Eagle 2: Despegando….

The elegant Eagle was designed in the early 1930s by George Handasyde of the then called British Klemm Aeroplane Company. This monoplane was conceived as a three-seat light aircraft to complement the company’s British Klemm Swallow, a licence-built Klemm L.25. First flying in 1934, the Eagle enjoyed a modest success in the civilian market with a production of around  forty of them.

This stupendous photo taken at Brazil in May of 1935 shows the spanish B.A. Eagle 2 of Juan Ignacio Pombo with a grandiose Sikorsky S-42 “Brazilian Clipper” as a background. Pombo had just crossed the South Atlantic in 16 hr. 40 min from Bathurst in one of the stages of his little-known Spain to Mexico raid. Today is the anniversary of the start of that feat.

Northrop (CASA) S(R)F-5A Freedom Fighter: Cruzados mágicos.

A stupendous flock of silver “Bicicletas” (both fighter and recon models) of the 211 Squadron 21 Wing in this glorious inflight photo of the 1970s. Displaying proudly their “St. Andrew Crosses.” A controversial decoration still carried nowadays by the spanish military aircraft. Those crosses first appeared when Franco in person signed the order to put them over the white colour which removed the hated Republican colours…., crossing them out -couldn’t be more symbolic. With the arrival of the democracy, the Ejército del aire decided to keep it adducing the “St. Andrew Cross” was just an interpretation of the spanish Tercios’ Burgundy Cross. There have been efforts by some progressive parties to remove it, but without success. To me? they look kinda cool, but they’re out of place nowadays.