The Super Mystere Aircraft Collection

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The war's nerve with this picture showing installation of the 20mm gun, the inner pylon below and the six racks for rockets fixed to the folded half wing. Note also the relatively small wing actuating levers as so as the two parts articulated ailerons control rods. When at Boufarik BA 142, I assisted a two days firing campaign of the whole 20th Wing on a beach located near the Algerian town of Cherchell. The site was such that it was necessary for Skyraiders to follow a sharp ground line descending from a little road to the Mediterranean Sea. They were passing just a few meters over the road before us, already firing their four 2Omm raging cannons or their 5 inches rockets or releasing light and medium bombs, all this on quite a lot of light or armoured vehicles including tanks. This noria was the most formidable spectacle I saw, aircraft by groups of two or four, circling and plunging one behind the other until all their considerable lot of ammunitions was out. A few minutes of infinite silence and another batch of AD-4s arrived and again and again all the day, including noon hours... I believe that no target during a war was submitted at a so heavy and almost continuous fire from all a Wing of fighter-bombers...and always, I have sounds of engines, 2Omm guns and rockets and bomb explosions as so as the vision of these fantastic aircraft at a quite short distance flashing from their gun nozzles or rocket racks without to speak about the recoveries through pieces of bulletts, rockets, bombs bouncing when hitting armoured vehicles launching also their lots of heavy metal in the skyand surrounding the aircraft passing through. It was the most critical moment for us of the medical service, here in case of a crash on the shore or ditching in the sea after a hit by a bouncing munition or for all other reasons, young Algerian boys, being competiting to do recuperation of the thousands and thousands of 2Omm copper cases. We tried to discourage them to prevent all drama but we all know what is a determinated young boy to gain some money coins!!!!!!

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