Air Pictorial 1956-05
A rare bird in Europe, photographed recently at Kastrup, a U.S. Navy target-towing (and drone-towing) Douglas JD-1 Invader. Colour scheme "Midnite" blue and yellow. Note radar in nose.
First photograph to show the new R.D.A.F. grey/green camouflage (a la R.A.F.) - with medium blue under surfaces - in this case applied to an M.D.A.P. (N .A.T.O.) F-84C Thunderjet at Kastrup South.
The enormous mines/anti-submarine stores bay of the French Navy Lancaster AS.Mk.3 is clearly shown by the length of the open bomb bay doors. The "Gannet-type" ventral radar "dustbin" is new. Note anchors in French Navy Markings.
Nicknamed " Bradley 's Beast" (N247K), this sole example of the Boeing Model 100-A has a remarkable history of redesign. Owned by Ben Bradley of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
CONVAIR C-131D. First V.I.P. version of the Convair C-131 Samaritan to visit the U.K. is th is U.S. 3rd Air Force C-131D (55-291) command ship used by a "2-star" general. This C-131D is similar to the U.S. Navy's R4Y-1Z (Z = V.I.P.) and is basically similar to the airframe of the Eland-Convairliner (Model 340-D2). Thirty-three C-131Ds are being delivered to the USAF and MATS.
BELL VTOL. Latest photograph of the novel Bell vertical take-off and landing single-seat test vehicle (N1105V) shows additional side area in the form of a ventral fin . This view also shows to good effect the wingtip and extreme tail outlets for the compressed air nozzles which operate until sufficient forward speed has been reached for the conventional directional surfaces to take charge.
From Australia comes this photograph of an ex-R.A.A.F. Commonwealth Wirraway T. Mk. 3 now fitted out for aerial spraying, using the venturi method. Liquid is contained in the two underwing tanks.
"Before and after" photographs of the British-registered, 1948-built, Italian Fiat G.212. (Top) As it arrived in Kuwait. Persian Gulf, in early 1954, as I-ENEA of S.I.P.T.A. (Bottom) As G-ANOE of Arabian Desert Airlines (c/n. 10). Power is three P. & W. Twin Wasp R-1830-92 radials.
The only example of a four-motor biplane still flying is G-ACZP (Lancashire Aircraft Corpn.), a 1934-vintage de Havilland D.H.86A, now used for charter and joy-riding at Blackpool.
An Aldergrove-based R.A.F. Coastal Command Hastings C. Mk. I. This Hastings is finished in the new blue overall scheme of Coastal Command. Lettering and cheat line are white.
First production (A85-401) Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel (Eagle) which flew for the first time on 23rd February, 1955. Winjeel is a three-seat basic trainer powered by a 445-h.p. P. & W. Wasp Jnr.
From Italy comes another form of crop spraying using a wind generator forward of the undercarriage. The aircraft is the latest of the Meteor (Lombardi) series, the Meteor F.L.55 "Agricolo" I-FULU (150·h.p. Lycoming).
Second of two Hunting Percival Pembroke C.Mk.53 crew trainers now delivered to the Finish Air Force. Note the serial PR-2 and white/blue roundels. C/n. is PAC/K66/F/002. Has Perspex photographic sighting nose.
Built by K. S. Hopkinson of Sky Harbour Air Services, Goderich, Ontario, th is is the first Canadian-constructed Stits SA-3 Playboy (CF-IGK). It is slightly modified and on a 100-h.p. Lycoming cruises at 130 m.p.h.
A well-preserved 1935-vintage de Havilland D.H.60G-III Moth Major photographed at Lausanne in Switzerland. The power-plant is a 130-h.p. D.H. Gipsy Major inline.