LTV XC-142A: Transitions are hard to do.

The stubby XC-142A was a 1960s four-engined experimental tilt-wing cargo convertiplane developed jointly by Vought, Ryan and Hiller for the American three main military services . Conventional in appearance at first sight -those kinda distorted proportions apart- to allow VTOL performances, the XC-142A’s entire wing with its four GE T64 turboprops was designed to rotate in conjunction with the horizontal tail. A tail rotor provided low speed control and trim. First flown in 1964, the five aircraft built worked pretty well, certainly up to the tasks envisaged. Despite all that, the design was nevertheless not placed in production: it was too complex and helicopters were more economical.

The XC-142A in a nutshell in this descriptive photo montage.

Photo: Peter M. Bowers Collection.

Ford 5-AT-B: Perlée-finished & Corrugated.

The Tin Goose preserved in pristine condition at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. NC9637 wears the livery of its first employer, the iconic Pan American. This veteran was retired in the 1970s; it last job was with the Grand Canyon Airlines.

Seversky EP1-106: Just Because (LXII).

The P-35 was chosen by the Royal Swedish AF to modernise its fighter component in the late 1930s. A hundred and twenty already obsolescent P-35A (EP1-106) were ordered in total, but only half of them entered service. By 1941 ominous signs were in the horizon and the United States found themselves in need of fighters, any fighter. They took the last sixty Swedish Severskys; they were that desperate. Forty-five were later consumed in the Philippine bonfire.

As this superb colour photo shows the J9 (its local designation) had a lengthened fuselage compared to the P-35. It was better armed too, with an additional pair of underwing .50 HMGs. Operated by the 8 Fighter Wing, these pair wear the “Italian” Sand and Spinach camo adopted during 1943. The same their Italian “cousins” had, which the Swedish also operated. The smart looking 1st Lieutenant Arne Frykholm rides a neat German DKW NZ-350 motorcycle.

Jacuzzi J-7 Reo: Just passing by.

This was the first of two aircraft produced by the Jacuzzi Bros. – there were seven of them- of Berkeley, California. Powered by a 200hp Hall-Scott L-6, the Reo (or Rio) was intended for both passenger and mail services. This slick design was the first cabin monoplane built and very successfully flown in the USA. Sadly, it also took the life of one of the Jacuzzi brothers. He was killed on July 14, 1921 when the monoplane crashed due to wing failure while flying from Yosemite to San Francisco.

Superb photo taken at Yosemite….