My interest in aircraft began during the war, when, like most schoolboys, I was an Aeroplane Spotter. I used to spend all my pocket money on aircraft recognition books. Even now I can name wartime aircraft after the merest glimpse in an old film. When the war ended and supplies came back into the shops my main interest was building and flying model aircraft. I had two American Aero-modeller Pen Pals who sent me the magazines Air Trails and Model Airplane News. From these I discovered that two Lockheed test pilots, Tony Le Vier and ‘Fish’Salmon and colleages were building the most beautiful and exciting racing aircraft.The type was called ’The Cosmic Wind.’
”Tony Le Vier, gathered a few fellow employees together and formed Tony Le Vier Associates Inc., to design a limited series of Formula 1 racers. These small, all metal racers were built at the main Lockheed plant in a short series of three aircraft, the first flying in 1947. N20C, the first, was named ‘Little Toni’ and was for Tony La Vier, himself; N21C was named ‘Minnow’ (presumably because it was so small), and was owned by ‘Fish’ Salmon and the last, N22C was built for Glenn Fulkerson and named ‘Ballerina’, as his wife WAS a ballerina. Performance on just 85 hp was electric, with a top speed of 185 mph and a rate of climb of 2,500ft/min (for comparison, this rate of climb is about the same as a Spitfire Mark I !)”
From HERE & HERE
NB. Back in the late forties, the mysterious force that whirled eastbound airliners across the Atlantic and into London Airport several hours early was known then as The Cosmic Wind. Now it is called the Jet Stream and all it does is bring gales and flooding and misery to Great Britain.