Aero L-159A ALCA: Stretching the truth?

The L-159 was the ultimate development of the classic L-39 Albatros jet trainer. This almost new design has been built as a trainer/combat aircraft in both two-seat and single-seat configuration respectively. The ALCA is equipped with western up-to-date (early 2000s) avionics/weaponry and powered by a Honeywell/ITEC F124 turbofan engine.

Two-in-one commemorative livery presented by the Czech AF in homage to WW2 ace František Peřina (2017). Peřina flew the Spitfire Vb (AD572) with the 312 (Czechoslovak) Sqn RAF. That Spitfire sure has a very looooong nose.

“Hawker Hurricane”: Freedom Fighter.

“On Target” by Leslie Illingworth, “Punch” magazine (1940). A free interpretation of the Hurricane -with both French & British cockades- facing, alone and unafraid, the Nazi winged monster, gas mask included.

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.

Potez-CAMS 161: Didn’t run very far.

The CAMS 161, like the Latécoère 631, was a magnificent six-engined flying boat designed to operate on the prestigious North Atlantic routes; the jewel of the crown in the aviation of the late 1930s. Sadly, only a prototype was built after its configuration was tested by a proof-of-concept aircraft. First flown at the end of 1939, the CAMS 161 story is quite obscure. Taken by the Germans it undertook some flying under their colours. It was destroyed in an unclear place near the end of WW2.

Balkenkreuz-equipped. Not as clean as the 631, but mighty in its own way.