Inside the Eagle

Inspired by a discussion on Twitter, here’s a selection of aircraft cutaway artwork, mainly from the British children’s magazine ‘Eagle’ most famous for the cartoon strip ‘Dan Dare’. [It was the era of the straight leading edge Avro Vulcan B1, and the carrier HMS Eagle.] Dare aside, the other highlight for most in the magazine…

The World’s Your Westland

A magazine advertisement today, featuring a Westland Whirlwind helicopter. But more it’s a classic ‘big sky, small world’ image, one which comes up again and again as a trope, and we’ll see another tomorrow. Aeronautically, it’s a strong advert, pulling a ‘global’ reach globe together with the groundcrew man signalling the helicopter to come in…

Silver Skimmer

A very accurate sterling silver model of a Saro Skeeter helicopter. Yet another area, that of military mess trophies, that could be an entire blog featuring nothing else. One of the mess silverware items owned by 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps, UK, it was shared by silverware valuer Silverlady on Twitter. A Skeeter would be…

The Pitcairn Possibility

Whenever I need to shoot, efficiently from the office to the cocktail party, to the golf course, then it’s my Pitcairn Autogiro that I reach for automatically. Because they’re ‘secure and practical for recreation and utility’, of course. But…  If we go beyond the marketing spin from 1932, in fact they were reaching toward such…