Air Pictorial 1958-05
LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE. When the U.S. movie "With You in My Arms" is screened, watch out for the Garland Lincoln No. 1 masquerading as a Lafayette Escadrille Nieuport 28 C-1.
The genuine article was photographed early in 1918 at an unidentified Royal Naval Air Service aerodrome, and was the personal mount of Quentin Roosevelt, a relative of the (Later) President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Like the R.A.F. Eagle Squadron in World War II. the Lafayette squadron comprised volunteers; they fought with great valour over the Western Front. In February 1918, Lafayette was integrated in the A.E.F. and became the 103rd Pursuit Squadron - retaining the famous Indian Chief insignia. The A.E.F. purchased 297 Nieuport 28 C-1s (170-h.p. Gnome 9-N rotary) and equipped five combat squadrons in France. The Garland Lincoln No. 1 - stressed for 7g inverted - is owned and flown by Cdr. Frank Tollman of Riverside, California. Film now generally-released in the U.K. with new title "Hell Bent for Glory".
REVERSE LEND-LEASE. From Harold G. Martin of Miami, Florida, comes this new view of the Fairey Battle flying test-bed (K9370), modified to accommodate the experimental 2,240-h.p. Fairey P.24 Prince X-type, 24-cylinder liquid-cooled engine (twice the power ot the normal Rolls-Royce Merlin-engined Battle) The P.24, driving a 6-blade contraprop, was developed from the 480-h.p. licence-built Curtiss D.12 (Fairey Felix) which powered the two-seat day bomber Fairey Fox of 1925. The Prince F.T.B. was first flown on 30th June 1939. After 100-hours test flying, it was crated and shipped to the Wright Field on 5th December 1941 exchanging R.A.F. camouflage and roundels for U.S.A.A.F. markings. The P.24 was intended for a version of the Barracuda. Increased range was permissible by shutting down one 12-cyl. Vee.
IN FULL VIEW. This photograph gives a comprehensive picture of the sole radar Typhoon Mk. IB. Taken at the Hawker factory airfield at Langley, Bucks, in 1941 this view clearly illustrates the wing positions of the antennae of the A.I. (airborne interception) Mk. VI radar.
MISLEADING LEGEND. A hitherto unpublished photograph of the Martin-Baker M.B.2 - unearthed by Chris Cole of the Air Ministry's Press Division - reveals the faintly discernible fuselage inscription "M-B-I". This view shows the second form of tail assembly (the first possessed no fin area above the tailplane). which was later revised to a taller, conventional-style fin and rudder shape. The sole prototype (P9594) was designed to Air Min. Spec. F.5/34 as an eight-gun fighter (0.303.-in. Brownings), powered by a 1,000-h.p. Napier Dagger Srs. III.
FOR MILLIONAIRES ONLY. For 1925, the all-metal, 5-seat Kirkham Air Yacht (built at Port Washington, Long Island, by Kirkham Products Co., Garden City, L.I.) was a remarkably streamlined flying-boat; owner, Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Air Yacht had a speed range of 60-145 m.p.h. for an a.u.w. of 3,700 lb. Power. 450-h.p. Napier Lion Srs. II.