A note on sources and credits

As far as possible photographs that are not mine are posted here with permission; thank you to all contributors to 'Jet & Prop', especially photographers Tad Dippel, Neil Cotten and Nico Charpentier, the editor of the magnificent 'Avions' magazine Michel Ledet and Jean-Yves Lorant, author, researcher and archivist at the Service Historique de la Défense, Paris. Images from the IWM and Roger Freeman collections are published here under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Licence. Occasionally some images on this site have been 'reposted' from facebook or ebay. They are used non-commercially in an educational context to depict historical events. If such is deemed necessary they can be removed on simple request. Contact me at falkeeins at aol.com. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

78th FG P-51 1945 -LT COL ATLEE G MANTHOS archive

P-51D-20-NA (s/n 44-63246) named "Little Rebel" of the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group at Duxford, 1945. It was the mount of John C. CHILDS who served in the unit from August 1944 to July 1945


U2-C deployment RAF Wethersfield 1975

via Steve Hill on FB Anglia Military Aviation Group

 ".. Anybody remember the U-2C deployment to RAF Wethersfield from May until June 1975? It consisted of five U-2Cs from the 349thSRS/100thSRW(SAC) Davis-Monthan AFB, Az flying high altitude sampling missions, hence the grey camo c/s. One jet (56-6700) was lost near Bonn, West Germany on May 29th and was later replaced by 56-6716. The other four aircraft involved were 56-6680, 6701, 6707 and 6714. As can be seen here they operated very close to the base fence, making photography very easy. This amused the Yanks hence the sign " Spys parking only " they placed on the fence ...! "

Monday, 19 September 2016

rare WW I photo album Kampf-Einsitzer-Staffel 3 (KEST) Mörchingen - daily Ebay photo find #48

Rare photo album from KEST 3 from the Western Front 1916-17 in Mörchingen. Pictures show an interesting mix of fighters ranging from Fokker D III through LFG Roland D II (both LFG and Pfalz built) and Albatros D III.
Extrem seltenes Fotoalbum der deutschen Fliegertruppe der Kampf-Einsitzer-Staffel 3 (KEST) an der Westfront 1916-1917 in Mörchingen.  Die Staffel war dort auf dem Flugplatz stationiert, u.a.super Aufnahmen mit Ehrenbecher des Fw.Schumann, Immelmanns letzten Flugzeug uvm. Alle Fotos beschrieben, extrem selten ..


Friday, 16 September 2016

Meteor RA 490, Boulton Paul 111 Prone Pilot Meteor WK 935 -50th Anniversary of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough 7/8 July 1955

via Colin Dodds;

 "..Help wanted. I very recently acquired a small collection of original old 9cm square prints which include the formation photo that I believe may be unique. Almost certainly taken at Farnborough, these three aircraft never appeared together at a Farnborough show. Left to right are Meteor RA 490, the aircraft developed by Westland with two RR Nenes used for jet deflection experiments. Then the Boulton Paul 111 and then right the Prone Pilot Meteor WK 935. Has anyone else seen or got any photos of this flypast? Can anyone help with any more details. I imagine it was sometime between 1952 and 1954. Any further information or thoughts appreciated..."

and via Ian Powell;

 "..this may just be coincidence but the Cosford history sheet for the Prone meteor says "Flown, and statically displayed, at the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough 7/8 July 1955". Also of interest is this quote "The Flight Division of Aerodynamics Department of RAE was colloquially known as ‘Aero Flight’. The Division’s personnel moved to Bedford from Farnborough from Spring 1955 onwards, with Danny Lean (future Division Head) being one of the last to move in Jan 1956. The main group of research aircraft moved to Bedford in November 1955. One of the first research aircraft flying at Bedford, in April 1955, was the jet-deflection Meteor RA490, re-locating from Farnborough each day..."

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Bone B-1 takeoff RAF Fairford, Gloucs, UK, NATO Ample Strike September 2016

B-1 of the 489th BG, Dyess AFB and Abilene, Texas sets off car alarms after an impressive takeoff while based at RAF Fairford in support of the NATO exercise Ample Strike ongoing in the Czech Republic.

B-1 CROOK 1 departs on an Ample Strike mission, CROOK 2 departs for display at the Sanicole airshow, Belgium and CROOK-1 returns and taxies back to the pan.
A single click to view the video below

Monday, 12 September 2016

Pfalz E.I, Zeppelin C.1, Focke Wulf A29 Möwe - Ebay photo find #47


Diese EINZIGARTIGE Sammlung von Flugzeugen stammt wohl aus den letzten Kriegsjahren 1917 / 18 und die Fotos wurden wohl im Flughafen "BERLIN - JOHANNISTHAL" zwischen 1917-1918 gemacht !!! Gegen Ende des 1.Weltkrieges wurden dort viele seltene Flugzeug-Typen und Flugzeuge von sehr namhaften Piloten getestet

rare types seen at Berlin -Johannisthal between 1917-18, below Pfalz E. I Eindecker

Zeppelin C1

Unbekannter DOPPELDECKER - "Kon.B.I"


Focke Wulf A29 Möwe Oktober 1929 Lufthansa Friesland

More Cant Z 506/501 - daily Ebay photo find #46

Cant Z 501 carrying bomb suspended on wing struts


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Amiot AAC Toucan (Ju 52) in French Indochina (Vietnam)

The Junkers Ju 52 first flew in 1932 and was a key bomber and transport aircraft of the early Luftwaffe and continued front-line service right through the war. During the German occupation of France the Vichy authorities set to work to produce aircraft for the Germans as a means of re-establishing French industry and industrial employment. The former Amiot factories in the Paris suburb of Colombes produced 321  Ju 52s for the Germans. Post-war, one of the quickest ways of re-establishing the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) was to put this and other German types straight back into service and re-open production lines. The Amiot factory was re-named the Atelier Aéronautiques de Colombes (AAC) and continued to turn out Ju 52s under the designation AAC 1 Toucan. The first post-war Groupe de Transport  GT 3/15 was formed at Le Bourget on 1 February 1945 and the type was to play a major role in French Indochine (Vietnam) as a transport, bomber, medi-vac and paratroop transport type - exactly as it had in the Luftwaffe- serving principally with GT 1/64 Béarn, GT 2/60 Franche-Comté and GT 3/64 Tonkin..

French paratroops preparing to board JU-52 (Amiot AAC 1 Toucan) trimotor transport aircraft for an air drop. Puppy dog mascot seen amongst their packs. They board the aircraft. Views of French paratroops descending from the JU-52 trimotor aircraft, and landing in a field in Indochina.