B.F. Goodrich Mercury suit: Here we go again.

Can get any more Sixties. Richard Avedon really got mileage outta that “Mercury” suit.

Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde: Outer Space.

The spotless cockpit interior of the 002 prototype reunited last year with Concorde test pilot Brian Trubshaw’s stunning and lovingly cared ML12 Pressure flight helmet (vomit port included). More info.

Those yokes….

“Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I”: I’m on him.

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.

Short Sperrin: The Surplus-Bomber.

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.