A gorgeous incident if I may say so.
The two very different aircraft exposed inside the Principe Felipe Science Museum (City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia). With the biplane named after him Juan Olivert Serra undertook the first motorised flight in Spain in Sep 5. 1909 (Paterna, Valencia). The other name carrier by this pioneer biplane was the one of its designer: Gaspar Brunet Viadera.
The Mirage IIIEE (C.11-7/111-4) has a long experience in this matters. Severely burned years ago, without loss of life thankfully, this Mirage was cosmetically repaired and placed on a pylon, close to an old Sabre (this one) in a prominent place at the Manises Air Base. After the Manises AB closure it “flew” to its actual placement. Poor little things…., not a fan of Calatrava’s “cloned things”.
By the way, this just “out of the oven” awful photo is mine. Be merciful.
The very “Jules Verne-sque” central nacelle of the Juandó’s “Multíptero” or “Flugilarillo seen here in his “El Genio Mecánico” factory, Modolell de Sant Gervasi street (Barcelona). The inventor is the one pointing.
The little known Catalan inventor and industrialist Cristòfol Juandó i Rafecas (1848-1917) also took a chance with the nascent aviation fever of the turn of the century. He even created a company, the “Compañía Universal de Navegación Aérea”, to promote his project. Sadly, little has survived of his efforts of 1901-02. About his aircraft, Juandó described it bizarrely as a “..sort of rotative wing equipped with blades which open and close at the right moments…”. The intended engine was a 24 hp 4-cylinder Buchet. Some sources say he did build a full-sized aircraft, but without given further data. Anyway, lacking the financial resources necessary, Juandó tried to interest the always lethargic Spanish government. He persevered unsuccessfully in that endeavour until the early 1910’s and after that obscurity.
This add gives us a certain idea, or not, of what was going on in Juandó’s brainchild. It looked like small size model of the real thing. Unairworthy at first sight(?).
The Gobbi were operated by both the Italians and the Nationalists (rebels) during the Spanish Guerra Civil -99 in total. In Spain the S.79 was one of the most advanced, and fastest, aircraft to see service, only the Soviet I-16 could reach it.
A pair of S.79’s on a lovely dynamic, and quite unlikely, action. The Spanish flag and St Andrew cross in the tail is really fanciful and inaccurate. I must confess I’ve a love/hate relation with them. The Italians of the 8º Stormo “Falchi delle Baleari” (Hawks of the Balearic islands), among other things, bombarded my city during that horrible conflict.
Gobbo= hunch-backed= jorobado / Jorobando in Spanish means “bothering”.
The Spanish pigeon returning to terra firma. Let’s hope all will end well: landing behaviour is not one of its best qualities.
Madly in love, I can’t help it.
A former atheist converted. This garishly painted -Yoke & Arrows included- “Rata” was painted this way to take part in the Virgen de Loreto (aviation’s “matron” saint here in Spain ) festivities at Son Bonet (Majorca) Dec 10, 1939.
Photo & info source: Juan Arráez Cerdá.