• This weekends photos.
    Taken at Juvisy-sur-Orge 18 km south-east of Paris, a few kilometres south of Orly Airport.A brand new Spad XIII is loaded on to a barge, on the river Seine.(Circa 1917)
    Spad XIII Transported By Barge

  • This weekends extra.
    Adjutant Maxime Albert Lenoir (22 December 1888 – 25 October 1916) was a pioneering World War I flying ace credited with eleven confirmed aerial victories, as well as eight unconfirmed

    Maxime Albert Lenoir was born on 22 December 1888 in Chargé, France. Lenoir trained as a pilot in 1913, receiving a civilian Pilot's Brevet, No. 1564, on 5 December. He was already a pilot when World War I began.

    The start of World War I saw Lenoir mobilized for military service. He applied for a transfer to aviation duty. He completed his military aviation training, receiving Military Pilot's Brevet No. 641, and after a few weeks delay, was assigned to Escadrille 18 to fly a Caudron. He downed an Aviatik on 5 June 1915, and became a balloon buster on the 15th. Lenoir then trained on single-seaters, and was posted to fly a Nieuport fighter with Escadrille 23 in early 1916. He scored his first fighter victory on 16 March 1916, and added eight more by 25 September, including shares with Jean Casale and Georges Lachmann. He was wounded twice that year, by shrapnel on 9 August and in aerial combat on 25 September.

    On the latter occasion, he was flying his new SPAD VII fighter. Lenoir was one of the first French fliers to be issued the new fighter. He was wounded while attacking a German three-seater that he shot down. It was his 11th and final confirmed victory.

    To the SPAD VII's ordinary markings, Lenoir added his initials on the left rim of the cockpit above a black silhouette of a man's head. Emblazoned down the fuselage's side was the slogan Trompe le Mort (Deceives death) and the numerals '111'.

    Maxime Albert Lenoir was killed in action on 25 October 1916.

    Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur

    Adjudant pilot of Escadrille N23. Pursuit pilot beyond compare, setting the highest example of energy and self-sacrifice. During eleven months of uninterrupted service in his Escadrille, he has had 91 successful combats, returning frequently with his plane riddled by bullets. He downed his sixth enemy plane on 4 August 1916. (Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur citation, 9 August 1916)

    Médaille militaire

    Maréchal-des-logis pilot of Escadrille N23. Non-commissioned officer always demonstrating the best fighting spirit during the course of his numerous combats, more often behind enemy lines than behind our own. In all his actions he showed contempt for death. On 15 March 1916, while protecting a long distance reconnaissance and having his machine gun jam during the course of a combat, he completed his mission and managed to ward off enemy planes by a series of audacious maneuvers. He returned with his plane riddled by bullets. (Médaille militaire citation, 15 March 1916)

    He also won the Croix de Guerre with eight Palmes

    (Text from Wikki)
    Below taken with a brand new Nieuport 17.
    Lenoir Aviator Of Squadron N 23 In Front Of Nieuport Hangars

  • This midweeks photos.
    Taken 29 June 1962 ,President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy attend an arrival ceremony in their honor in Mexico City.Having flown on USA Air Force Boeing VC-137B (707-153B) 58-6972.

    USAF procurement of the Boeing 707 was very limited, amounting to three Model 707-153s designated VC-137A’s serial numbers 58-6970, 58-6971 and 58-6972. When delivered in 1959 these had four 13,500 lb dry thrust Pratt & Whitney J57 (JT3C6) turbojets; when subsequently re-engined with 18,000 lbf dry thrust TF33-P-5 (JT3D) turbofans they were redesignated VC-137B.
    Kennedy Trip To Mexico
    The VC-137B serial 58-6972 or same as SAM 972 had the same body as the 707-120 commercial aircraft but with different interior furnishings and electronic equipment. It was built as one of three VC-137As, Boeing model 707-153 with Pratt and Whitney JT-3 turbojets. It was delivered to the Air Force on June 30, 1959 and was redesignated VC-137B when it was refitted with JT3D turbofan jet engines in May 1963. Assigned to the 89th MAW at Andrews AFB, Maryland its primary mission was to provide first class, worldwide transportation for the Vice-President of the United States, Cabinet members and international dignitaries.

    The interior of SAM 972 was divided into three sections: Forward (crew area), center (stateroom) and aft (passenger). The forward section had a communications center, a galley, lavatory and 13-seat compartment with one table and two overhead bunks. The center section was designed for VIP, with conference tables, swivel chairs, projection screen, two convertible sofa-bunks and a lavatory. The aft section was a combination staff and passenger areas, and contained a Xerox machine, reclining seats, overhead bunks, tables, galley two lavatories.

    The VC-137B was usually operated by an augmented crew of about twenty, including three pilots (two were qualified aircraft commanders), two navigators, two flight engineers, one crew chief, two communication systems operators, six flight attendants and four security guards.

    58-6972 was scrapped in 1996 due to severe corrosion.

  • This weekends photos.
    A Spad VII de l'Escadrille des Cigognes is dwarfed by a Handley Page 0-400 of 207 Sq.(Circa 1918)

  • This weekends extra.
    Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and his plane. 94th Aero Squadron, near Rembercourt, Meurthe et Moselle, France. SPAD XIII S4532 in 1918.

    A new B-24E (Liberator) bomber, named for Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and bearing his autograph returns to the airfield at Ford's big Willow Run plant after a successful trial flight.

    B-24E #42-7011 34th BG, 391st B Sq* 'The Eddie Rickenbacker' Maj Thorel 'Skip' Johnson Crew - B-24E crash 10 mi north of Santa Barbara, CA on 04 July 1943 - 2 airmen , not knowing they were over the Pacific, bailed out and were lost at sea - the remaining 8 crewmen bailed out safely later over mountains near Santa Barbara - unmanned plane crashed 10 miles north of Santa Barbara. *At the time of this accident, the 34th Bomb Group was a training group based at Salinas AAB CA. This plane was named for WWI Flying Ace Eddie Rickenbacker, complete with nose art and his signature and insignia.

  • This midweeks photos.
    And some interesting shots taken at Nan Yuan Field, China October 1945, with some Marine Tigercat Fighters of VMF-533, the Avenger was used to transport mail.
    533 At Nan Yuan Field October 1945
    Mail Plane Prepares To Take Off From Nan Yuan Airfield

  • This weekends photo.
    B-24E Liberator bomber, just off the assembly line at Ford's big Willow Run plant, gets a last-minute inspection before taking off on its test flight.

  • This weekends extra.
    And a stunning shot of a brand new Beaufort taken at RAAF Wagga, 16 December 1942.
    Beaufort At Wagga With RAAF 16 December 1942

  • This midweeks photo.
    A wonderful photo of Curtiss P-40E's of the 8th Pursuit Squadron, taken at Darwin, Australia, in June 1942.
    40E S Of The 8th Pursuit Squadron Taken At Darwin Australia In June 1942

  • This weekends photos.
    And some nice shots of Tiger Moths taken at a RAAF, elementary flying training school.

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