Once again I delve into the wonderful world of early jetplane designs. In this particular case, I showcase a completely fictional one and a project that never left the drawing-board. What connects them, other than being fantastic dieselpunk designs, is the language the designers spoke, French.
The first is the beautiful Espadon fighter jet:
It is the decisive weapon in the comic which bears ist name. The comic itself has become a classic and its author, Edgar P. Jacobs (Edgard Félix Pierre Jacobs) is a legend of European comic culture.
I guess the Espadon would not really have been able to take flight let alone show the performance it did in the comic, still the jet and the comic it is found in are beautiful works of dieselpunk art.
The other jet is the brainchild of engineers working for the SNCASO in the 1950’s. SNCASO is now defunct but the company it was absorbed into was reabsorbed and reabsorbed again and is now found within EADS, one of Europe’s largest defence cooperations.
But I digress, in the 1950’s when still much experimenting was going on, French aeronautical engineers were busy working on a design for a supersonic VTOL fighter. They came up with the Dever:
It is a real shame that so few of these exotic early designs ever saw the light of day. Most of them proved to be seiously flawed or no longer of actual value or simply impossible to build with the available technology. Still, in a Dieselpunk setting, you can bring them all to life.
A special request to you aviation enthusiasts out there, especially from what used to be the Warsaw Pact (I know you are out there, I get a lot of traffic from the Czech Republic):
If you know of any bizarre Russian projects (Soviet, that is…) that were happening in the ’50s nd ’60s, drop me a line and maybe even a link, please.