Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress: Cheyenne!!

Incredibly stunning view the pair of stings in the rear end of a late B-17G. This improved tail turret, the so-called “Cheyenne” tail turret, was developed by the United Air Lines’ modification center at Cheyenne, Wyoming.

I do prefer the older one, but…


Douglas A3D-2 Skywarrior: Jonah abides.

Superb portrait of a HATRON Four (VAH-4) “Whale” pilot. He seems quite happy and contented with the A3D lack of ejection seats; the bizarre round shape behind his seat is the seat headrest. At the right we can observe the Bombardier/Navigator’s console.
Our aviator looks certainly smart in his orange international flight suit. Nothing garish in his natty late version APH-5 flying helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask either.

Hughes H-1 Racer (Replica): “The cure for pain is in the pain.”

The original H-1 was designed by Richard Palmer by order of Howard Hughes who wanted a record-beating aircraft. Built in 1935 without regard to costs, the Racer was a thing of beauty both aesthetically and technically. With Hughes at its controls it fulfilled its task magnificently setting a world airspeed record and a transcontinental speed record across continental US. To achieve those divergent exploits the same aircraft employed two different set of wings. The H-1 had also the rare honour of being the last private owned/built aircraft to hold an absolute air speed record. The H-1 resided nowadays proudly at the National Air and Space Museum.

The beauty portrayed here is Jim Wright’s built full-scale replica originally intended to be used in the film “The Aviator.” First flown in 2002, Wright sadly didn’t enjoyed it too much; he died tragically in the crash that destroyed it the summer of 2003.

Lockheed L-1049 Super Connie: Captivated.


Relishing with gusto Le Corbusier’s 1935 book “Aircraft”. In that classic work, the peerless architect placed aviation as the pinnacle of modern technical achievement. It was then indeed.

He also declared the ecstatic feeling aviation produced in him. He surely disguised well his emotions: the Super Connie was his preferred aircraft.

Madam Satan (1930): Electrifying !!!

Madam Satan is a long forgotten film directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the dawn of the “talkies”. Nothing noticeable in this movie. Its screenplay and structure were, at best, pure hilarity. Well, nothing until a character decided to organize a monumental masquerade party aboard a zeppelin… the Great Depression wasn’t still in full bloom.

Let’s hope that zeppelin used Helium.