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Category Archives: Computer Flight Sim

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

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