Igor Sikorsky is remembered as an aircraft designer well ahead of his time. But at least once in his long career, he was unfashionably late.
As early as in 1913, he designed world's first four-engine bomber (initially destined for transport &.research). Nine years later, he…Continue
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The Mitsubishi Ki-15 (allied designation: 'Babs') was the main reconnaissance aircraft in use with the Imperial Japanese Army at the start of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, and was still in front line service during the Japanese conquests at the start of 1942.
The Ki-15 was developed in response to a specification issued in 1935 that called for an aircraft with a top speed of 280mph at 9,845ft, an operating altitude of 6,560-13,125ft and the ability…Continue
Designed by Gianni Caproni and Dino Giuliani, this six-engine biplane was the largest landplane in the world.
The Caproni Ca.90 made its maiden flight on October 13, 1929 - two weeks before the 7th anniversary of Fascist takeover. It had an unusual layout, with two tandem pairs of 1,000hp Isotta Fraschini Asso engines above the 46.6 m (153 ft)…Continue
Welcome to the Paris Air Salon, 1936!
A lot of interesting aircraft under the streamline panels! On the left, there is a bi-motor reminiscent of the DH.88 Comet - but probably it is the Caudron C.640 Typhon, a close copy of the famous de Havilland airplane inspired by no other than …Continue
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Probably world's most advanced fighter in 1933, this diminutive monoplane still was a formidable opponent in 1941.
The Polikarpov I-16 is one of the most unsung aircraft in history, almost the Rodney Dangerfield of fighters, getting no respect from anyone - except its opponents. Created by designer Nikolai Nikolayevich Polikarpov, this classic airplane was a…Continue
The Saturday Air Mail is never short of weird aircraft, civil and military. Meet the Vickers 161.
"This plane is not actually weird, if it was 1916! But in 1931, it was plenty strange, " - wrote Mysterious Bill.…Continue
Most airliners designed in late 1920s had to retire after only a few years of active service, making way for more advanced and reliable all-metal aircraft.Continue
To everyone who thought that airships are neglected here, I owe my most sincere apologies.
How could a universal symbol of Dieselpunk be neglected or even worse than that - ignored? And if we do not want to walk in circles around the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg (well, it can take quite a lot of time, considering their size), let's remember another airship -…Continue
This is the story of a German aircraft design - hastily built, too small for its primary role, a failure in its new emploi... - but it was fast and had a long life, almost two decades.Continue
Want to fly over Paris? A mere hundred francs will buy you a seat onboard the Goliath, the Jazz Age flying streetcar.
The two FF.60 bomber prototypes of 1918 heralded the start of a great family of passenger airliners and night bombers which dominated European aviation for the next decade. However the design formula remained fairly constant with equal-span…Continue
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Don't be afraid of this beast. The Saturday Air Mail will do you no harm!
Remember the WWI Caproni bombers? They looked weird with their puller-pusher twin-boom layout but their inflight stability was exceptional and performance was great at all altitudes, allowing for…Continue
September 27, 1929. The day when an an aircraft well ahead of its time made its maiden flight.
"The Fokker F-32 was truly the "Jumbo" of the 1930s era. " - wrote Ed Coates, a celebrated collector of aircraft images & data. -…Continue
In 1939, many European powers could boast a fighter plane equal or even superior to the German Bf 109. And Belgium was no exception.
Alas, superiority was achieved mostly on paper. In fact, "wonderfighters" designed in Poland and Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Netherlands were either unfledged, or produced in insufficient numbers, or both. And Belgium, again, was no exception.…Continue
This Saturday, we have a really big bird here. This bird never flew. Actually, it never existed in metal. Anyway...
What about a flying wing, carrying 80 passengers over the Atlantic? Sounds 1930s, uh? But the concept was developed much earlier, in early 1920s. Dr. Hugo Junkers patented the Nurflügel (literally - "wing only") configuration in 1910 and…
Got something weird in your mailbox? Hello, the Saturday Air Mail is here!
This Saturday (cold and windy, I must admit) our guest star is the GA-1 (ground attack aircraft No.1), a brainchild of Engineering Division, U.S. Army Air Service, and their engineer, Isaac M. Laddon. It was built by Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle, Washington.
If only the looks could kill, these flying boats would be the deadliest things over the Atlantic.
In fact, they were obsolete before they could fly and led an unimpressive, even disappointing life. But the looks, oh!
The Saturday Air Mail presents: Breguet 730/731 flying boats. Their story is brought to us by …
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For my last entry this year, I have chosen a very unusual aircraft - the Belyaev DB-LK.
Six years ago, a gentleman calling himself…Continue
Happy holidays everyone! The Saturday Air Mail is here with the most incredible serial-built flying boat of the Interbellum.
An epoch-making design in every sense, the S.55 prototype flew in 1925. In an era still committed to the biplane flying-boat, it had a revolutionary formula: a cantilever shoulder-wing monoplane with twin hulls and delicate booms…Continue
In my eyes, the autogyro is a very important Diesel Era symbol. For more than a decade it was seen as viable alternative to light airplanes and helicopters.Continue
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A giant airliner intended to be the KLM flag-carrier and advertised as "flying hotel" didn't live up to the expectations.
The Amsterdam-Batavia service, started in 1930, was an enormous success for KLM*. The increase in passengers carried, despite the crisis years, was so great that the airline soon looked at the possibility of launching a larger aircraft. This led to plans for a large…Continue
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