Spain ordered three of these beauties in 1935. Compared to the RAF models, the Spanish Fury was fitted with a Dowty clean cantilever internally strung landing gear and was powered by a neatly cowled 700 hp Hispano-Suiza 12X Brs engine. The idea was to licence-built this updated model in Spain; enough to equip at least three squadrons. The outbreak of the bloody Guerra Civil ended all those plans. The three produced were shipped to Spain where they had service lives as convoluted as the Spanish conflict.
By the time this photo was taken (1936) the “Furia” was already obsolescent, but what a classic beauty.
Talking the other day about my Astra-Torres AT‘s post, I noticed the photo didn’t show the main feature of Torres Quevedo’s concept: its characteristic tri-lobed configuration. Not the same fault with this one. This is the first airship built in Spain by the Air Navigation Laboratory headed by its inventor. The studies started in 1905 and concluded three years later with its successful tests undertaken at the Parque Aeronáutico de Guadalajara. This stupendous Will’s Cigarette Card was created using a photo taken during those 1908 tests. The design was offered to the Spanish government which passed up, as usual. Torres Quevedo sold later the patent to Astra.
“Let them (others) do the inventing!” Miguel de Unamuno. Spain in a nutshell.
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?