Air Pictorial 1956-04
Something for the record! Photographed this year at Miami, a highspeed photo-survey Mosquito recently acquired by the Flying Tiger line. Apart from a revised nose (extended to take vertical cameras) N1203V appears to be a standard ex-U.S.A.F. F-8. Forty were purchased from D.H. (Canada) in 1943 from the production line of B.Mk. XXs.
Painted a vivid red over all, this Lockheed Shooting Star (44-85462) is a pilotless drone (QF-80A-LO) used for radiation sampling after atomic explosions.
Photographed at Miami recently - a five-seat Wildcat' N777A is a modified FM-2 (R.N.: Grumman Wildcat Mk. VI) originally built as a fighter for light escort carriers in 1944 by the Eastern Aircraft Divn. of G-M Corpn. The four passengers each have a separate window (by the trailing edge). The bulky radio mast and the deck arrester gear have been deleted.
One of a small number of 1915-vintage Curtiss "Jennies" which appears at U.S. meetings is this re-motored JN-4D - Ranger inline - NX2939, owned by the Hardwick Aircraft Co. of Rosemead, Calif. Insigne on the fuselage embraces a spread-winged hawk and the legend "Sammy Mason's Hollywood Hawks".
First photograph of a French Air Force Cessna L-19A Bird Dog which has operated in Indo-China on artillery observation. The U.S. contract serial "112694" has been retained in yellow on the green fin. The whip aerial is over 6 ft. tall. Behind it is an open D/f loop.
Mystery Meteor? We invite readers to tell us what Mark of Meteor is illustrated. On each wingtip is a large, streamlined car-type headlamp. The radome does not house radar equipment.
The discovery of 1956! Many English experts are amazed to learn that the Convair-liner's precursor, the Model 110, was in fact built and flown. Here, through the good offices of Warren M. Bodie of N. Hollywood, Calif., we can illustrate for the first time the one-off prototype, NX90653.
Two Canadair North Star Freighters (CF-TFJ and 'TFV) are operating between Montreal and Vancouver No. 210 "Flying Merchart" (CF-TFJ) is shown here.
Now used as a glider tug, HB-RAA is a 1931 Swiss-built Dewoitine D.26-C.I, formerly an air force single-seat fighter and advanced trainer. Six are still airworthy.
Seen at Le Bourget, F-OASS, a Consolidated-Vultee Liberator C.Mk. VII (c/n. 11; ex-AM920; G-AHYB), is normally based at Rabat by the owners, A.C.A.N.A.
A 1946 production five-seat de Havilland (Canada) D.H.83C Fox Moth (CF-EVK) photographed at Cartierville recently. A D.H.82C Tiger Moth is in the background.
Formerly G-AHGN and now N558E, this Percival P.44 Proctor V was used by Mr. Peter G. Masefield when he was the first Civil Air Attache at Washington.
Ninety-three Fairchild Packets were declared surplus to U.S.A.F. troop carrier requirements in the spring of 1955. In the January issue of Air Pictorial appeared a photograph of N2047A, a C 82A-65-FA - the first to visit Europe. Other civilian-registered Packets noted recently in Miami include a rare Uruguayan, CX-AQA (right), and a Panamanian, HP-219.
Little publicised and hitherto unpublished in Air Pictorial is this special maritime patrol/anti-submarine version of the Breguet Deux-Ponts - the Br.764. Note the tip tanks and the dorsal ,ventral turrets and radomes.
An old-timer still going strong is this Canadian Fairchild Model 71-C built in 1929. Sporting Mexican letters XA-CUC, the 71-C can carry six passengers at 106 m.p.h .
An unusual twin-boom, all-metal, vee-braced cabin monoplane is the 1951 Trella Experimental. Pusher power is an 85-h.p. flat four.