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Category Archives: Computer Flight Sim

A HANDSOME CZECH MONOPLANE—THE AERO 45, PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, details were shared about the Aero 45, a handsome Czech monoplane built between 1947 and 1961. A goodly number of these craft continue to be airworthy, … Continue reading

September 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

A HANDSOME CZECH MONOPLANE—THE AERO 45 PART 1

IN MY GMax hobby of constructing computer-sim aircraft, I especially like those with airy greenhouses. The De Havilland Dragon Rapide is one; the Westland Lysander another. My latest GMax project, … Continue reading

September 10, 2022 · 4 Comments

BARNSTORMING—THOUGH NOT IN THE AIR

BARNSTORMING MAY EVOKE images of wing-walking and other aerial hijinks. Actually, though, I learned that the term “barnstorming” predates the aeroplane by decades. Here are tidbits of barnstorming, summer stock, … Continue reading

December 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

BLÉRIOT 125 PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED about Louis Blériot’s enthusiasm for air transport, as exemplified in his company’s development in the early 1930s of the innovative Blériot 125. Today in Part 2, here … Continue reading

September 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

HENRI’S LIMO PART 3

PIONEER AIRCRAFT MODELS are fun to build on the computer. Not just sleek shiny tubes, they have everything hanging out to admire. My rendering of Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe’s … Continue reading

August 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAMBERG TO ROME, 1926—AND VIRTUALLY 2021

WHEN I COMPLETE modeling an airplane for my Microsoft Flight Simulator, I typically fool with it a couple times on the sim, then go on to a new GMax project. … Continue reading

June 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

THE ANTONOV AN-2—A CLASSIC SOVIET

AIRCRAFT, BY VIRTUE of their technology and engineering, are sleek and well-finished. Unless they’re the Antonov An-2, affectionately known as the “Aннушка,” “Annushka,” “Annie.” Close up, an Aннушка looks like … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

BEL GEDDES AIRLINER NUMBER 4   PART 2

NORMAN BEL GEDDES had a grand design evolving between 1929 and 1932: His Airliner Number 4 was envisioned as a flying hotel traveling non-stop between Chicago and London in 42 … Continue reading

January 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

BEL GEDDES AIRLINER NUMBER 4  PART 1

IT’S A SIGNIFICANT understatement to call Norman Bel Geddes an industrial designer: His designs were artistic, innovative, eccentric, flamboyant, occasionally bordering on the wacky, hardly just “industrial.” Here in Parts … Continue reading

January 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

MR. DUNNE’S FLYING WING—IN 1910! PART 2

JOHN WILLIAM DUNNE was more than a pioneer aviator. His D.5 aeroplane displayed the extreme innovation of a flying wing, almost a century before Northrup’s B-2 stealth bomber. And his … Continue reading

December 23, 2020 · 1 Comment