Ethereal GIF taken at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan AFB. On their way out, the Talons still have nevertheless a place in nowadays USAF, not so in the case of the Cessna O-2s.
By 1915 the aerial activities became more hazardous with the appearance of effectively armed scout aircraft putting an end to unarmed first-line activities. One fast answer was to arm former unarmed two-seaters. The C.II was precisely that. The Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft just took their previous B.II two-seat reconnaissance design, reversed the seats layout (pilot ahead instead of behind) and put a Parabellum machine gun at the rear. A more powerful Mercedes engine was added too. The C.II entered service in late-1915 and around three hundred were built. One particular claim of fame of this otherwise pedestrian design was that one of them became the first fixed-wing aircraft to bomb London in Nov. 1916.
Gorgeously sharp stereo photo composition converted into a charming GIF of a C.II captured by the French.
A trio of racy F1CRs taking things easy later in their service lives.
The definition of Élan.
In the late 1950s, in a world leaning towards sophistication and rising costs, the F-5 and the Sidewinder were designed to be both affordable and effective. Their derivatives are still with us.
Inexpensive, but not cheap.
Fatômas’ really full-equipped Déesse, the star at “Fantômas se déchaîne” (1965) movie..
Swept-winged and rocket-engined, Fantômas laughed last, that’s for sure.