Those awkward teenage years

OK so aviation was past it’s teens, but interwar designs (and to a lesser extent the transition from pistons to jets) remind me of those uncomfortable Junior High and High School years. All those new ideas you thought were so great just didn’t quite work out as well as you thought they would. Or maybe it was just me…

They still look great though!

Boeing Y1B-9 & Boeing P-26 Peashooter

Boeing Y1B-9 & Boeing P-26 Peashooter

When you’re out of F-8s

You’re out of fighters!

Three Crusaders assigned to Carrier Air Group 8 (CVG-8) fly over USS Forrestal (CVA-59), circa August 1962. From fore to back: an F8U-1P (soon-to-be RF-8A) of VFP-62 “Fighting Photos,” BuNo 146895, and two F8U-2’s (F-8C) of VF-103 “Sluggers,” BuNos 146932 and 145592. Official US Navy photo, from the ship’s photo lab, File No. CVA-59-22236-L-8-62.
Author Robert M. Cieri


Title: Eisenbarth Photograph Collection
Format: jpeg
Date: 1958
Description: An F8U-1 Crusader of Fighter Squadron (VF) 32 off the carrier Saratoga (CVA 60) pictured in flight, 1958.


August 1957, Miramar NAS

I have vague memories of Crusaders coming over our backyard in the early to mid 70s. They would depart NAS Dallas and head West. No idea of the altitude but it was high enough to clear the flight path for DFW. The Phantoms and Tomcats stick in my mind more because I was older and could readily ID them by that time.

FWIW regarding the first picture, my Great Uncle was on the Forrestal when it caught fire after a mishap on the deck. I never knew until it until a couple of years before his death so I never go to talk to him about it.

Out for a Sunday ride

Staaken R.V No13--01

I found this several months ago on the Great War in the Air Forum which seems to be down for extended maintenance.  No one was able to positively ID the aircraft but the general thought was the crew appears to have German flying gear and it might be a Staaken, precise model unknown.  If there was any attribution for the original pics I didn’t see it.

Nieuport 28: Cute & Profitable.

via The Dreamy Dodo. What a great blog!

The Dreamy Dodo

N28_N6212b

Even if Gustave Delage’s Nieuport 28 wasn’t a world-class fighter it achieved its little place in the Sun:

http://elpoderdelasgalaxias.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/nieuport-28-the-second-best-came-first/.

It was nevertheless an elegant -if structurally flawed- fighter that as we can see with this cute Swiss example (of 15 adquired postwar) could conveniently be transported in this neat way. The Swiss used them until 1930, not a bad profit.

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