Air Pictorial 1956-03
Photos by request
Another Vampire in overseas colours, this time a Fiat-built de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire F.B. Mk. 52 of the Italian Air Force. The squadron badge on the fin is a prancing black horse.
This crop-spraying Cessna Model 180 (VH-BQD) is owned by Hazelton Air Charter & Taxi Service of Toogong, N.S.W. Note strut-mounted rotary brushes and underwing tanks. In the background are Sea Furies and Fireflies.
Unlike the Bonanza markings, those of this Norwegian Cessna Model 180 (LN-TVS) are all but invisible on the lower fin. The trade mark lettering "Cessna" above is larger. Note the novel ski/wheel undercarriage.
First photograph of the utility transport and navigational trainer Grumman TF-1, developed from the carrier-borne S2F-1. With aft facing seating, nine passengers can be carried. Crew is three. Note deck landing hook under tail. BuAer no. is 136750.
The earliest example of the G-AA' series still flying is G-AAHW, the 1929 two-seat Klemm L.25a-1 (c n. 1152) owned by G. R. Lush of Hastings. Engine is a Salmson AD9 radial.
A welcome visitor to London Airport some time ago was this French U.A.T. Boeing SA-307B Stratoliner F-BELV (c/n. 1996), ex-T.W.A. (NC19905) and Aigle Azur, one of five currently registered in France.
AVRO BISON I. The prototype Bison I (N154) was designed as a fleet gunnery spolter and appeared at the second (1923) R.A.F. Pageant at Hendon. It was a three/four-seater, with the observer and wireless operator seated in the cabin between the wings, and a gunner in an open cockpit aft. The pilot was situated high up in the fuselage in front of the top wing. A 450-h.p. Napier Lion powered the Bison.
A development, known as the Bison II, was generally similar but was fitted with a fin and had single-bay wings. The span was 46 ft. and the length 37 ft. The Mark II had a maximum speed of 110 m.p.h. and could climb to 10,000 ft. in 24 minutes. Its loaded weight was 5,800 lb.
A French "old timer" is this four-seat Caudron C.510 Pelican powered by a 140-h.p. Renault 4Pei Bengali inverted inline giving maximum speed of 115 m.p.h. Note the tandem doors.
D.3802. Swiss Dornier was commissioned to licence-build a number of French Morane Saulnier M.S.406C-I (Swiss D.3801) fabric-covered low-wing interceptors from 1938 onwards. Th. D.3802 (M.S.450) was a logical all-metal development of the Morane M.S.406 and appeared in 1943. The original order for one hundred was cut back to ten at the end of World War II, and some ars still flying. The power-plant is a 1,250-h.p. Saurer-SLM (Hispano-Suiza) 12Y-52 liquid-cooled Vee inline (with built-in 20-mm. cannon) giving a maximum speed of 391 m.p.h. at 21,325 ft. with a service ceiling of 33,500 ft. for a loaded weight of 7,716 lb. (empty weight, 6,327 lb.). Span, 32 ft. 2 3/4 in.; length, 30 ft. 7 in.; height, 10 ft. 11 in. The D.3803 was a one-off development with a cut-down rear fuselage and "bubble" canopy.
NORTH AMERICAN (VEGA) NA-35. A shape and an insigne to puzzle most students of "spotting" are illustrated in this photograph of the tandem-seat primary trainer North American NA-35. The all-metal NA-35 is sometimes referred to as the Vega 35 because the complete design was purchased by the Vega off-shoot of the parent Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in 1941. Four examples were built in 1940-41.
The markings are those of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary search and patrol organisation. The triangular crest on the nose is a Wait Disney cartoon parrot peering through a telescope with the word "Search" at the base. On the rear fuselage the five-pointed star is replaced by a white triangle with three-blade airscrew inset. Powered by a 165-h.p. Menasco Pirate C4S-2 inline, the NA-35 has a maximum speed of 137 m.p.h. at sea-level, cruises at 125 m.p.h. with a service ceiling of 18,500 ft. Loaded weight, 1,760 lb. Span, 29 ft. 8 3/4 in.; length, 25 ft. 6 in.; height, 9 ft. 4 in.
Unusual serial (ID600) and markings reveal this export version of the de Havilland D.H.113 Vampire N.F. Mk. 10 (R.A.F.) to be one of a number supplied to the Indian Air Force. Mark is N.F. Mk. 54.
One of the latest Learstars, N80A, belonging to the U.S. Steel Corpn., is the first to be fitted with the lenghtened radar nose - additional 2 ft. makes the new length 53 ft.