Caribou, Mirage III’s & Hueys: Martiality in shorts.

Neatly smart Royal Australian AF presentation at RAAF Butterworth,… well, if you could be smart wearing those long socks. Canadian, American and French aircraft. By the time this photo was taken, the Australian usual British influence was already banishing -military traditions and wardrobe apart.

Fashion tastes could be deceitful, always flamboyant the Aussies, really flamboyant.

Ryan X-13 Vertijet: BOLD with capital letters.

The minuscule X-13 was designed to explore the feasibility of a pure jet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft. Efficient and successful during the test, the X-13 proved that jet thrust alone vertical flight was both technically feasible and quite practical. But not practical enough for the military though. The X-13’s tiny size and limited payload and the lacks of engines available to produce a larger, higher powered version soon relegated the concept to the museums.

Two different kinds of boldness here; the radically spartan X-13 versus the gaudily classic stravaganza of the American late 1950s “barges”.

The future was then: