I do so love the Fairey Deltas. The Delta III, and actually, Fairey aircraft as a whole, could do with more love in alternate history.
'Headless men' in sex scandal named
Unidentified lover in Duchess of Argyll divorce case exposed as not one but two men - a cabinet minister and a swashbuckling movie star
It was a scandal that rocked the nation: an aristocratic beauty was photographed performing fellatio on a lover, while shots of another man gratifying himself were unearthed in her boudoir.
The sexually explicit Polaroid snaps proved central in the 1958 divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, and became part of a government investigation.
The duchess's reputation was ruined, but her lover escaped nearly blameless, his identity forgotten d for almost 40 years by the camera cutting him off at the neck.
Tonight, the mystery of the "headless man" - or rather headless men - is resolved for the first time, with new evidence identifying not one, but two, lovers.
The man in the more notorious shot is unveiled as Duncan Sandys, then a cabinet minister, and his masturbating rival as Douglas Fairbanks Jr, the Hollywood legend who dallied with Marlene Dietrich and married Joan Crawford.
The two men's identities are revealed in a Channel 4 documentary to be shown tonight, Secret History: The Duchess and the Headless Man, which draws on the memories of the duchess's confidante, who identifies Sandys, and previously unpublished evidence gathered by the nation's then most senior law lord, Lord Denning. This formed part of his inquiry into security risks which resulted in the resignation of the then secretary of state for war, John Profumo.
Sandys's identity is "conclusively proved", the documentary makers believe, by the duchess's claim that the only Polaroid camera in the country at the time had been lent to the Ministry of Defence, where Sandys was a minister. Fairbanks is nailed by his handwriting.
The Argyll case, heard in March 1958 - was the longest and most sensational divorce to occur in Britain.
Margaret Argyll, the only child of a self-made Scottish millionaire, was a society beauty who her husband alleged had slept with 88 men, including two cabinet ministers and three royals.
At a stormy cabinet meeting on June 20, Sandys, the son-in-law of Winston Churchill, confessed he was rumoured to be the person in the erotic shots, which, at that time, were presumed to be of one man.
He offered to resign but Macmillan managed to dissuade him by ensuring Lord Denning, who had been commissioned to investigate the Profumo scandal, also investigated the identity of the headless lover.
For this Denning, the master of the rolls, had a plan. On the four shots of the man in different states of arousal were handwritten captions: "before", "thinking of you", "during - oh", and "finished". If he could match the handwriting, he would find his man.
He invited the five key suspects - Sandys, Fairbanks, American businessman John Cohane, Peter Combe, an ex-press officer at the Savoy, and Sigismund von Braun, the diplomat brother of the Nazi scientist Werner von Braun - to the Treasury and asked for their help in a "very delicate matter".
As they arrived, each signed the visitor's register. Their handwriting was analysed by a graphologist, and the results proved conclusive. As the broadcaster Peter Jay, then a young Treasury official, tells the documentary: "The headless man identified by the handwriting expert and therefore identified by Lord Denning, though he didn't write this down in his report, was, in fact, the actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr."
Duncan Sandys, who in 1974 was given a peerage, appeared to be in the clear - a fact confirmed by a Harley Street doctor who concluded his pubic hair did not correspond with that in the masturbation photos.
But tonight's documentary confirms the other photograph clearly showed a different man whose identity the duchess hinted at to her close friend Paul Vaughan just before her death.
"She did say to me quite clearly that, 'Of course, sweetie, the only Polaroid camera in the country at this time had been lent to the Ministry of Defence,'" recalls Mr Vaughan. "If that wasn't running a flag up the flag pole, I don't know what was. She wanted someone to know." Analysis of the film suggests the photo was taken in 1957, at which stage Sandys held his defence post.
"We believe it's pretty definitive," said Dan Corn, the programme's producer. "It's ironic because he effectively got away with it by being cleared by Denning."
The duchess died in a Pimlico nursing home in July 1993, without even hinting at the identity of her other lover. But despite this discretion, she never recovered from her reputation being so besmirched during her divorce.
Summing up, the judge, Lord Wheatley, said: "She was a highly sexed woman who had ceased to be satisfied with normal relations and had started to indulge in disgusting sexual activities."
Well this is from a TL of mine. But yes airships are in use to connect the two regions, and also Patagonia and a few other places. And its no real worry to make a profit as the major purpose of the airline would be to move government and military officials when needed. Im just wondering, with money as no real issue, what the earliest point such an aircraft would be feasible.Because of the distances involved you're not going to get anything earlier than the late 30's and the Pan Am Clippers. The technology just isn't there. Any earlier than that and your only realistic option is an Airship, especially if you want to make a profit rather than live on subsidies,
Because of the distances involved you're not going to get anything earlier than the late 30's and the Pan Am Clippers. The technology just isn't there. Any earlier than that and your only realistic option is an Airship, especially if you want to make a profit rather than live on subsidies,
If you wanted go for `what if' to get the tech faster then just may be have a Hindenburg disaster earlierLike I said no earlier than 1935, neither engine or air frame technology are up to the task and even then you're really pushing it to a dangerous degree.
Never heard of it before. I am trying to visualize it in South Vietnamese colours for some reasonThe Grumman 134R LARA entry
The LARA competition was to create the OV-10 Bronco - a light, armed reconniassiance aircraft for COIN operations. Along the way entries were received from various manufacturers, including Grumman. Twin turboprop powered and heavily armed the aircraft was a twin seater.
What do you get when you combine these two kits? You end up with this, the Grumman 134R for the US Army's LARA competition or rather my interpretation of it. Combining the nose of a TA-4 and the body of a Grumman Mohawk, finish with a hairy stick and the decals from an old ESCI set.