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Lord_k's Article – June 2012 Archive (10)

S.A.M. #52: Grumman Skyrocket

This Saturday, your Air Mail is brought here by an advanced experimental fighter, Buck Rogers at the controls*:

Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket

The Grumman G-34 proposal of 1938 for a single-seat twin-engined shipboard fighter anticipated the realization of an operational production example of such a type by quite a few…

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Added by lord_k on June 30, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #145: Gran Sport

Perhaps not as well known as later models, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 is one of the quintessential Alfa Romeos of its era.

First introduced as a replacement for the 6C 1500 in 1929, the 6C 1750 evolved from a relatively simple road car to a very sophisticated racing machine in the five years it was produced. One of the key elements in the progress was designer Vittorio Jano, lured to Alfa Romeo from his former employer Fiat by Enzo Ferrari.…

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Added by lord_k on June 29, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #51: Dewoitine Trimotors

This Saturday, our Air Mail is here to remind you about the French long-range civil aircraft - probably not as famous as their German and Italian contemporaries but nevertheless iconic.

Dewoitine 338l

In early 1930s, Emile Dewoitine, already a prominent aircraft designer, changed his concept from high- to low-wing. He was keen about the range of his machines. The…

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Added by lord_k on June 23, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #144: Isotta Fraschini

Meet the most luxurious Italian car of the Roaring Twenties:

Goddess of Speed

Established as an automaker in 1902 by Cesare Isotta and the brothers Fraschini (Oreste, Vincenzo and Antonio), from around 1920 to the early 1930s Isottas were more popular in the United States than any other foreign marque except for Rolls-Royce. One of the world's most innovative…

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Added by lord_k on June 22, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

S.A.M. #50: Alternative Boeings

For the 50th issue, I had to send something very special via the Saturday Air Mail. And here it is:

Boeing Model 306 2

Imagine the skies full of tailless aircraft of all sizes. It's easy. Just remember all those 30s and 40s ads promising bright future on (literally) flying wings. To think of Boeings in this entourage is not so easy: collective memory…

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Added by lord_k on June 16, 2012 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Lord K's Garage #143: The Unlucky Atlantic

You know that postwar cars are not this garage's specialty. But this two-door Austin is here as a close cousin of prewar streamliners.

C0390-Astle Park.

Nothing revolutionary in its layout, although: no front drive or rear engine. Everything's conventional - save the appearance, quite revolutionary for a 1940s British automobile.

Would you believe that the…

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Added by lord_k on June 15, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

S.A.M. #49: Scary Monster

This photograph looks like a shot from a sci-fi movie:

Just a few seconds - and the aircraft will change its shape to emerge as a giant robot... But what we see is a bomber, not a transformer.

First flown in prototype form in mid-1930, the Handley-Page HP.50 Heyford was the last of the RAF's long-range biplane night bombers. It was powered in…

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Added by lord_k on June 9, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #142: La Petite Rosalie

The one and only endurance record-breaker, built by Citroën.

These days, with rigorous prototype testing and computer-aided manufacturing, we take our cars’ reliability for granted. Carmakers have every confidence their products will last.

It was very different in the early 1930s, when human error meant that few cars — and roads — could be entirely depended upon. In…

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Added by lord_k on June 8, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

S.A.M. #48: Midnight Special

1920s airliners... Some are famous, some have fallen into obscurity.

Albatros L 73

Have you ever heard of the Albatros sleeper - a very unlikely descendant of WWI Albatros fighters?

The Albatros L 73 was a German twin-engined biplane airliner of the 1920s. Of conventional configuration, it featured a streamlined, boat-like fuselage and…

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Added by lord_k on June 2, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #141: Lincoln K Reloaded

What would you do with an aging luxury car? Don't think twice - streamline it!

1938 Lincoln Greyhound mascot

That's exactly what Edsel Ford did with the Lincoln K, company's flagship and status symbol. Introduced in 1931, it was aimed at the highest price segment. The original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were…

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Added by lord_k on June 1, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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