Aeroplane Monthly 1978-02
A Grumman FM-2 Wildcat N681S of the Confederate Air Force.
“Isn’t this oily?” “No, this is Le Bourget”
A trio of Confederate Air Force classics, photographed by Michael O’Leary. Nearest is a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, below is a two-seat Hawker Sea Fury, and behind is a North American P-51D Mustang.
Supermarine Spitfire IX G-ASJV was photographed by RICHARD RIDING in the late 'sixties, when it was owned by Tim Davies. Now owned by Adrian Swire, it flies as MH434.
Morane Saulnier Type N replica
Pfalz D.III replica
Yakovlev C.11
Morane Saulnier MS.230
Fokker E.III replica
Fieseler Fi.156 Storch
Valtion Viima II
A close look at the photograph will reveal that all is not well. This South African registered Trislander was being demonstrated at the Aviation Africa ’77 display at Lanseria last October, and failed to recover from a stall turn. In this case the pilot was lucky, and our picture shows the Trislander airborne after its bounce but minus main undercarriage, door and port engine and with the starboard engine hanging vertically from its bearers. The pilot managed to keep the aircraft more or less straight and level, despite the damaged tailplane, and the resulting crash landing caused the tail-mounted engine to rip off and fall through the rear fuselage. The pilot was injured, but the aircraft presumably was a write-off. It is not for us to question the validity of aerobatting such an aircraft.
Garland-Bianchi Linnet
Hunting Percival Provost prototype WE530, photographed while flying with the RAF Experimental Unit at Farnborough, late in 1952.
Fiat G.46
Carl Unger flying the prototype RLU-1 Breezy, N59Y, circa 1965-66.