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in the quest to find a photograph - taken after the Second World War - that contains over  forty aircraft in flight, this is the highest quality photograph so far: via this forum thread. I count 49 Sea King, Wessex, Gazelle, and Sea Prince (?) in this formation - which I believe is from the 1975 Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Air Day.

in the quest to find a photograph - taken after the Second World War - that contains over forty aircraft in flight, this is the highest quality photograph so far: via this forum thread. I count 49 Sea King, Wessex, Gazelle, and Sea Prince (?) in this formation - which I believe is from the 1975 Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Air Day.

last week, I posted a photo challenge.

one of the missions was to find a post-Second World War photograph showing more than 40 aircraft in the air. I chose that number because of the photos above - which show five European aerobatic teams in a huge formation - taken at the “Air 04” show in Payerne, Switzerland, in 2004.

(the teams are: the Frecce Tricolori, Team 60, the Patrouille Suisse, the Patrulla Aguila, and the Red Arrows)

there are a couple of photos that beat this number…

(Source: milspotters.nl)

Aug 9
"DC-10 arrives at the Falls fire.” (via the Corona Fire Department ‘s Facebook page)

"DC-10 arrives at the Falls fire.” (via the Corona Fire Department ‘s Facebook page)

Aug 7
A Photo Challenge

This famous photograph shows a flyover by US Navy carrier planes, during the ceremonies to mark the formal surrender of Japan on September 2nd 1945 (via)

What also makes this photograph special in my eyes is that there are at least 300 aircraft (of the 450 in the flypast at the time) caught in this shot. I am not aware of any other single photograph in existence that shows anywhere near this number of aircraft in the air at the same time. 

Your challenge, reader, is to try to find the following:  

* A single photograph that shows at least 75 aircraft in flight, from during or before the Second World War (not including other shots taken during the flypast above).

* A single photograph that shows more than 40 aircraft in flight, from after the Second World War.

Balloons/sky divers/time-lapse shots do not count. Results will be posted over the next few days.

Good luck.

A Photo Challenge

This famous photograph shows a flyover by US Navy carrier planes, during the ceremonies to mark the formal surrender of Japan on September 2nd 1945 (via)

What also makes this photograph special in my eyes is that there are at least 300 aircraft (of the 450 in the flypast at the time) caught in this shot. I am not aware of any other single photograph in existence that shows anywhere near this number of aircraft in the air at the same time.

Your challenge, reader, is to try to find the following:

* A single photograph that shows at least 75 aircraft in flight, from during or before the Second World War (not including other shots taken during the flypast above).

* A single photograph that shows more than 40 aircraft in flight, from after the Second World War.

Balloons/sky divers/time-lapse shots do not count. Results will be posted over the next few days.

Good luck.

“Clay Lacy, in his DC-7 “Super Snoopy”, races a dragster during the 1971 San Diego Cup airshow” (via)

Clay Lacy, in his DC-7Super Snoopy”, races a dragster during the 1971 San Diego Cup airshow” (via)

Smoke-N-Thunder’s Scott Hammack ‘racing’ the Gee Bee R-2 replica, flown by Delmar Benjamin, late 1990s
(huge thanks to Bill Braack for the image)

Smoke-N-Thunder’s Scott Hammack ‘racing’ the Gee Bee R-2 replica, flown by Delmar Benjamin, late 1990s

(huge thanks to Bill Braack for the image)

"The “Human Fly” atop a DC-8 at the Mojave 1000 (1970)” (via)

"The “Human Fly” atop a DC-8 at the Mojave 1000 (1970)” (via)

the “Gimli Glider" incident, 1983 (via)

the “Gimli Glider" incident, 1983 (via)

Boeing 747, international airspace, 2002
(photo by Javier F. Bobadilla)

Boeing 747, international airspace, 2002
(photo by Javier F. Bobadilla)

“Capsule ejection system for passenger aircraft
EP 1110861 A1
ABSTRACT
Nowadays, travelling by airplanes has been well established, and air accident rate is on the whole very low. However, as the number of air flights increases, accidents with the fatality of more than one hundred people have occurred. With the occurrence of such accidents, it poses fear to tens of thousands of air travellers that catastrophe may fall upon them in any flight…the crux of this invention is to provide means for blasting the airplane body apart in an accident so as to enable separate passengers cabin sections to break away automatically from the airplane. The break away passengers cabin sections will formed independent sealed units similar to unhitched train carts passing through a tunnel so as to protect the passengers who may remain sitting in each cabin..the fear of billion of air travel passengers would be dispelled.” (via)

Capsule ejection system for passenger aircraft
EP 1110861 A1
ABSTRACT
Nowadays, travelling by airplanes has been well established, and air accident rate is on the whole very low. However, as the number of air flights increases, accidents with the fatality of more than one hundred people have occurred. With the occurrence of such accidents, it poses fear to tens of thousands of air travellers that catastrophe may fall upon them in any flight…the crux of this invention is to provide means for blasting the airplane body apart in an accident so as to enable separate passengers cabin sections to break away automatically from the airplane. The break away passengers cabin sections will formed independent sealed units similar to unhitched train carts passing through a tunnel so as to protect the passengers who may remain sitting in each cabin..the fear of billion of air travel passengers would be dispelled.” (via)

“Hybrid emergency ejection system
US 20110233341 A1
ABSTRACT
An emergency escape sequence for a commercial aircraft is shown. Individual pods that are separable from the aircraft are ejected individually, following the separation and ejection of the upper cabin from the fuselage. Parachutes are deployed to assist in the safe descent of the pods. Airbags are also deployed to soften the landing and provide flotation in case of a water landing.” (via)

Hybrid emergency ejection system
US 20110233341 A1
ABSTRACT
An emergency escape sequence for a commercial aircraft is shown. Individual pods that are separable from the aircraft are ejected individually, following the separation and ejection of the upper cabin from the fuselage. Parachutes are deployed to assist in the safe descent of the pods. Airbags are also deployed to soften the landing and provide flotation in case of a water landing.” (via)

“Ejection escape system for a passenger airplane
US 6695257 B2
ABSTRACT
An ejection escape system for passenger airplane that there is a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover, the right top cabin cover with the airplane body, there is also a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover and the right top cabin cover, the passenger seat is an ejection escape seat, the switches for the locking mechanism and the ejection escape seat are installed in the cockpit, where the pilot can turn on the locking mechanism switch to open the left and right top cabin covers and turn on the ejection escape switch to eject the seat out of the airplane through the opening of the left and right top cabin covers.” (via)

Ejection escape system for a passenger airplane
US 6695257 B2
ABSTRACT
An ejection escape system for passenger airplane that there is a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover, the right top cabin cover with the airplane body, there is also a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover and the right top cabin cover, the passenger seat is an ejection escape seat, the switches for the locking mechanism and the ejection escape seat are installed in the cockpit, where the pilot can turn on the locking mechanism switch to open the left and right top cabin covers and turn on the ejection escape switch to eject the seat out of the airplane through the opening of the left and right top cabin covers.” (via)

Haraldo Juan Albrecht von Beckh Widmanstetter, inventor (via, also)

Haraldo Juan Albrecht von Beckh Widmanstetter, inventor (via, also)

The proposed OSCAR (Optimum Survival Containment And Recovery) emergency escape capsule, developed by by Chance Vought and initially modeled around the actual cockpit section of a Vought F8U Crusader.

Art via the Secret Projects Forum. A low-res article - including photos of the mockup - can be found here, in the October 1961 edition of the Naval Aviation News. A patent relating to the project can be found here.

The proposed OSCAR (Optimum Survival Containment And Recovery) emergency escape capsule, developed by by Chance Vought and initially modeled around the actual cockpit section of a Vought F8U Crusader.

Art via the Secret Projects Forum. A low-res article - including photos of the mockup - can be found here, in the October 1961 edition of the Naval Aviation News. A patent relating to the project can be found here.

the Martin-Baker “swing arm” concept, circa 1944, designed to assist pilots to vacate their aircraft at high speeds. the concept did not pass beyond the model stage - which still exists to this day in the Martin Baker factory in Denham.

(art from “Unknown #2”, by Justo Miranda and P. Mercado. available for download via Scott Lowther’s Up-Ship.com. Photo courtesy of Martin Baker - and e-mailed to me absolutely aaaages ago..)