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Images Dated 19th June 2020

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United States Army Beechcraft RU-21D Laffing Eagle 67-18105 Featured 19 Jun 2020 Image

United States Army Beechcraft RU-21D Laffing Eagle 67-18105

United States Army Beechcraft RU-21D Laffing Eagle (msn LM-101) converted to JRU-21D, later to RU-21H Guardrail V, then U-21H. To civil registry as N7139Z, noted in 1997 as on static display outside HQ 224th MIB at Hunter AAF, GA. On 8 December 1968, the 509th Radio Research Group distributed 16 RU-21D LAFFING EAGLE aircraft to the 138th, 144th, and 146th Aviation Companies during the Vietnam War. The deployment improved the Armys ability to track the enemy in the critical northern and central zones of South Vietnam. With twin turboprop engines, it had greater range, speed, and rate of climb than other ASA aircraft in Vietnam. It also had a larger payload capacity with cabin space for two operators and their mission equipment. With more interior space for SIGINT equipment, LAFFING EAGLE became a more efficient surveillance platform with both collection and direction-finding capabilities. The collection system had an improved frequency range and could record low-level voice intercepts on tape. These recordings could be hand-carried to an analysis center or transmitted by secure voice to units. The direction-finding position could establish the necessary bearings without requiring the pilot to point the aircraft into the incoming signal. Instead, the operator made the necessary measurements independent of the cockpit. With these capabilities, LAFFING EAGLE was able to intercept the attack plans of the North Vietnamese Army 1st Division in February 1969.In October 1970, ASA upgraded LAFFING EAGLE with the ARD-23 direction-finding system. Date: circa 1968

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Nimmo Special Racer N24C Featured 19 Jun 2020 Image

Nimmo Special Racer N24C

Nimmo Special Racer N24C, race no 39, midget racer, also known as Argander Special (written on the engine cowling). The Special was powered by an 85hp Continental C85. Renamed and re-registered as midget racer Pftttt, flown by Mike Argander, registeres as NX67894. Dismantled c.1949; some parts went into Sorenson Deerfly and Smirnoff Special. Date: circa 1948

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Avro Lincon B.2 G-APRJ Featured 19 Jun 2020 Image

Avro Lincon B.2 G-APRJ

Avro 694 Lincoln B.2 G-APRJ (ex RF342 / G-29-1 / G-36-3), of Napier Icing Research Limited.This Lincoln first flew on 5 June 1945 as RF342 but saw no RAF service, going straight to long-term storage, then to the Ministry of Supply in Nov 1948 and on to D Napier & Sons of Luton, for icing research work. Much of this involved mounting a wing section vertically on the top of the rear fuselage, forward of which was a rig which sprayed water on the aerofoil at altitude, so that the development of ice (and effect of countermeasures) might be studied. At the end of 1958 RF342 was sold to Napier and registered G-APRJ. However, much of its ongoing research flying was undertaken wearing the companys Class B marks G-29-1. In Nov 1962 it passed to the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield, which also conducted aerofoil trials under the Colleges Class B marks G-36-3, with sections were mounted vertically on the rear fuselage, just as with the Napier icing work. The Lincoln resumed G-APRJ in 1964 during a short stint with the Empire Test Pilots School. It was acquired (for lb1,500) by the British Historic Aircraft Museum at Southend in 1967 and flown into Southend for handover on 9 May, as G-APRJ. Date: circa 1960

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