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Operation Frantic

Operation Frantic

Andrea Hincerockur, a Russian pilot, Lt. Thompson Highfill of the 99th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, and Corzen Venzopkin, another Russian flyer, pose beside a Soviet Bell P-39 during Operation Frantic. Frantic, which took place from June to September 1944, was a so-called shuttle bombing mission in which Allied bombers took off from bases in England and Italy, bombed targets in Germany and Eastern Europe, then landed in Ukraine. The bombers refueled and rearmed, then attacked targets on the way back to their bases.

Pilots of the 88th Aero Squadron pose with a Salmson 2A2 fighter at Bethelainville Aerodrome, France, November 1918

Pilots of the 88th Aero Squadron pose with a Salmson 2A2 fighter at Bethelainville Aerodrome, France, November 1918

Aeromarine K6 aircraft engine. The Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company was an aircraft manufacturer and later engine builder and airline. The company existed from 1914-1930.

Aeromarine K6 aircraft engine. The Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company was an aircraft manufacturer and later engine builder and airline. The company existed from 1914-1930.

Aeromarine 75, also known as the Felixstowe F5L, in flight over Bimini in 1921

Aeromarine 75, also known as the Felixstowe F5L, in flight over Bimini in 1921

A cutaway of what appears to be a Fokker F-10 Trimotor

A cutaway of what appears to be a Fokker F-10 Trimotor

Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde prototype number 2 (G-BSST) at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, England in 1979

Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde prototype number 2 (G-BSST) at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, England in 1979

Boeing B-52D Stratofrotress (s/n 56-583) in flight

Boeing B-52D Stratofrotress (s/n 56-583) in flight

Atlas-Centaur 14D rocket being loaded into Aero Spacelines Super Guppy in 1968

Atlas-Centaur 14D rocket being loaded into Aero Spacelines Super Guppy in 1968

Convair B-58 Hustler production

Convair B-58 Hustler production

C​Convair YF2Y Sea Dart in flight

C​Convair YF2Y Sea Dart in flight

Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart. The Sea Dart was an attempt to develop a supersonic interceptor that could operate from the surface of the water. Though the program resulted in the only seaplane to break the sound barrier, the project was canceled when problems with buffeting on the surface of the water were never fully solved, and a test pilot was killed when the aircraft broke apart.

De Havilland DH.91 Albatross "Frobisher". Powered by four de Havilland Gipsy Twelve V-12 air-cooled inverted geared and supercharged piston engines, the Albatross could accommodate 22-30 passengers. Seven were built between 1938-1939.

De Havilland DH.91 Albatross "Frobisher". Powered by four de Havilland Gipsy Twelve V-12 air-cooled inverted geared and supercharged piston engines, the Albatross could accommodate 22-30 passengers. Seven were built between 1938-1939.

Pan American Douglas DC-4 (N88951)

Pan American Douglas DC-4 (N88951)

Fokker Universal, the first aircraft built in the US based on the designs of Dutchman Anthony Fokker

Fokker Universal, the first aircraft built in the US based on the designs of Dutchman Anthony Fokker

Pioneering American aviatrix Jackie Cochran with Seversky SEV-S1 X18Y, 1937

Pioneering American aviatrix Jackie Cochran with Seversky SEV-S1 X18Y, 1937

Lockheed T2V SeaStar, a navalized version of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

Lockheed T2V SeaStar, a navalized version of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

"Miscellaneous aircraft" drawing from the Robert Kemp Collection, SDASM

"Miscellaneous aircraft" drawing from the Robert Kemp Collection, SDASM

Naval Aircraft Factory PN at Honolulu

Naval Aircraft Factory PN at Honolulu

North American TF-86F (s/n 52-5016) transonic trainer. Two Sabres were modified to this configuration.

North American TF-86F (s/n 52-5016) transonic trainer. Two Sabres were modified to this configuration.

North American XB-70 Valkyrie document

North American XB-70 Valkyrie document

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Comments (2)

  • Tall tail B-52s in aluminum and anti-flash white?! *hng*

    I don't recall seeing that Valk image before. Curious as it seems to be carrying something too.

      9 months ago
    • Yeah, those are the classic Cold War Buffs, reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove. As for the Valkyrie, it's an illustration, and could have come from early in the program. I haven't seen any more pages like it.

      I really dig that SeaStar, too....

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