Can get any more Sixties. Richard Avedon really got mileage outta that “Mercury” suit.
Artistic interpretation of Tom Hardy “in action” inside the modified Yak-52TW used for Spitfire cockpit inflight shots in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” 2017 movie. According to some friends a sheer good way to spend an evening. Not so sure in my case. Still pending, I’m not a Nolan’s admirer. Some day…, maybe, perhaps.
Hardy wears the unmistakable B helmet, a crude D oxygen mask and the magnificent Mk IVb googles with the anti-glare polarised screen up. The latter’s an anachronism if I’m not very mistaken.
Artist: Mauro Belfiore.
Behold the awesomeness of this beastly flop. From the Centaurus to that huge tail feathers, through the lovely teardrop cockpit canopy, the torpedo and its characteristic wing shape. Can’t help it, I told you.
Artist: Leslie Cresswell.
The already venerable Sunderland -a Mk.V of the 201 Sqn RAF Coastal Command- near the Tower Bridge London (1955).
My Xmas Gift, dear friends.
The fastest mail service and confortable too. No doubt why they said they were the “Greatest Air Service In the World.”
As we say here in Spain: No tenían abuela/They had not granny.
Photo: National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection.
The stubby Sperrin was ordained by the British Air Ministry as an “insurance” against possible retards, or even failure, of the really advanced V-bombers. Of relatively traditional lines and equipped with a straight wing, the Sperrin employed nevertheless a quite unorthodox engine configuration: its four RR Avons were mounted in pairs in two nacelles, but one engine stacked above the other. The first prototype (VX158) made its maiden flight in Aug. 1951, but by then it was obvious the Short design was now no longer needed. The two Sperrins produced were used in a variety of research work mainly related to the V-bombers, but also as engine testbeds (VX158). For the latter role it engine configuration proved quite amenable.
Charmingly relaxed “countryside” photo of the second prototype (VX161) taken at the Farnborough Air Show, 1955. This aircraft had a fully functional weapons bay which came handy to test various bomb shapes and sighting systems.