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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

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

BLÉRIOT 125 PART 1

LOUIS BLÉRIOT BELIEVED in air transport. In 1908, Blériot became the first to fly La Manche, what we English speakers call the English Channel. Barely three years later, on commission … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

TWENTY-SIX MILES ACROSS THE SEA, A PBY HAS TRANSPORTED ME

ACTUALLY IT WAS a bit farther, around 65 miles from the harbors of St. Thomas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PBY Catalina was flown by Antilles Airboat, with even … Continue reading

September 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

THE ART OF IMPERIAL AIRWAYS

FROM 1924 TO 1939, Imperial Airways linked the British Empire during what in retrospect is termed aviation’s Golden Age. It was a golden age of aviation graphics too, as displayed … Continue reading

August 27, 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

HENRI’S LIMO PART 2

YESTERDAY WE MET Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe, “the Oil King of Europe” and pioneer aviation enthusiast. Today we learn of his commissioning Louis Blériot to build a flying limousine—in … Continue reading

August 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

HENRI’S LIMO PART 1

HENRI DEUTSCH DE LA MEURTHE was a French John D. Rockefeller, “the Oil King of Europe.” What’s more, Henri’s oil was second-generation, in more ways than one. And whereas Rockefeller’s … Continue reading

August 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

HUGHES H-1 RACER    PART 3

IN PARTS 1 AND 2, Howard Hughes and his H-1 set out to break a world speed record for land airplanes, 1935, and a cross-country record in 1937. Now in … Continue reading

July 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE HUGHES H-1 RACER   PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, a 29-year-old Howard Hughes set out to design, fabricate, and fly a land plane for a world speed record. Eventually known as the H-1, his sleek … Continue reading

July 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

HUGHES H-1 RACER   PART 1

IT WAS THE Golden Age of aviation. It was the 1930s, when Howard Hughes and his H-1 Racer set a world speed record as well as one for crossing the … Continue reading

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments