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Category Archives: Computer Flight Sim

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 · Leave a comment

MR. DUNNE’S FLYING WING—IN 1910! PART 1

JUST SEVEN YEARS after the Wright Brothers demonstrated controlled, heavier-than-air, powered flight, British aviator John Dunne designed and piloted his flying wing: The 1910 D.5 was a tailless swept-wing craft … Continue reading

December 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

FLYING THE OISEAU BLEU OF HAPPINESS PART 2

YESTERDAY PART 1 FOCUSED on the actual Farman F.180 Oiseau Bleu (Bluebird) and its Paris/London service in the 1920s and 1930s. In Part 2 today, my GMax modeling of the … Continue reading

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

FLYING THE OISEAU BLEU OF HAPPINESS PART 1

SIGHTING A BLUEBIRD is a symbol of future joy and happiness. And so it was for the Freres Farman, Richard, Henri, and Maurice. These Farman brothers, Paris-born of English parents, … Continue reading

November 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT! (NO KIDDING….)

A recent topic was “The World’s Most Dramatic Airport Approaches.” Here are tidbits on three of the article’s eight that I’ve actually experienced, together with comments about my flight simulator … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING A STEAM PUNK ZEPPELIN BUSTER PART 2

NOEL PEMBERTON BILLING had a fertile imagination, exemplified by his four-winged P.B. 31E Zeppelin buster. We continue the tale of this quadruplane in Part 2 today and view one in … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN ENGLISH ECCENTRIC PART 2

NOEL PEMBERTON-BILLING, pioneer aviator, aeroplane manufacturer, outspoken adventurer, succeeded and failed a goodly number of times in his early years. Founder of Supermarine, Pemberton-Billing built no aeroplanes as renowned as … Continue reading

February 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

1911 VALKYRIE MONOPLANE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE HAD Horatio Barber’s Valkyrie demonstrating its short take-off capability by charging directly at admiring crowds. Today in Part 2, the Valkyrie continues to entertain, becomes the world’s first … Continue reading

November 28, 2019 · 1 Comment