Northrop T-38A Talon: Twilight.

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.


L.V.G C.II: Do a double take.

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.