5
$\begingroup$

The image comes from a 1956 Nestle, a chocolate maker, sticker album. 'Maravillas del Universo', serie 1. Chapter has 3 pages, and is entitled: 'The sound barrier', signed by the woman test pilot: Jacqueline Cochran. It indicates it's a Lippisch L-13, but it's not, Lippisch L-13 was a rearwards swept Delta design, with a thick Vertical Fin that included the pilot's cabin, it was tested as a glider. Final version had to use a Ramjet, fueled by burning coal in a rotating basket. YouTube video link.

Drawing from a 1956 Nestle album

$\endgroup$
  • 7
    $\begingroup$ Who says it is supposed to be any real-world aircraft? It looks pretty sci-fi to me.... $\endgroup$ – CGCampbell Sep 28 '15 at 14:57
  • 7
    $\begingroup$ No control surfaces, no (obvious) propulsion system - I doubt anything like this has ever flown more than a ballistic parabola, if it was built at all. $\endgroup$ – Peter Kämpf Sep 28 '15 at 16:37
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ Nestlé seems to mix more things than cacao and sugar. Jacqueline Cochran was American, and the first woman to break the sound barrier on May 18, 1953. It was on a Canadair F-86 Sabre at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In doing that, she succeeded as the fastest woman to Jacqueline Auriol, a French pilot (who regained her title later). $\endgroup$ – mins Sep 28 '15 at 18:08
  • 11
    $\begingroup$ It might actually be Lippisch L-13... as drawn by someone who knows nothing about aircraft based on a verbal description. $\endgroup$ – Ville Niemi Sep 28 '15 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ The DM-1, the glider mockup for the Lippisch P13 was subject to extensive testing in the US as early as 1947, so, it can be said with all certainty that the Lippisch Delta design was known when the Album chapter was written, to which extent it was under confidentiality, I don't know, but the flying machine in the stamp has little connection to L-13/P13 a and b, besides somebody attributed it to Lippisch. dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a801410.pdf $\endgroup$ – Urquiola Oct 10 '15 at 18:33
2
$\begingroup$

According to the air force via wayback machine Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran born Bessie Lee Pittman was the first woman to break the sound barrier in an F-86 Sabre Jet in 1953. Cochran retired from the Reserve in 1970 as a colonel. She received numerous awards, including a Legion of Merit.

The Lippisch aircraft was designed in late 1944 and never built.

This is a case of mixed up facts.

| improve this answer | |
$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Why the downvote? All information provided is correct! $\endgroup$ – mike Nov 13 '17 at 20:49
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ I'm not the downvoter, but my guess is that the reason lays in your first sentence: this is not a direct answer to the question "what aircraft might this be?" $\endgroup$ – Federico Nov 13 '17 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it does provide an answer. The answer has two parts. It refutes the statement from the mentioned sticker album and it does provide the answer, that the pictured plane is not a Lippisch 13. $\endgroup$ – mike Nov 14 '17 at 5:28
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ @mike we already know what it is not, we are looking for what it is. $\endgroup$ – Federico Nov 14 '17 at 7:05
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ It's nothing. An artistic drawing from a sticker album. $\endgroup$ – mike Nov 15 '17 at 13:56

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.