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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

TRANSPORTATION ART, UTILITY, AND PLAY

EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY transport offered enhanced mobility in a multiplicity of ways. Balloons had been around for more than a century. Internal combustion gave them directionality despite whims of the wind. … Continue reading

October 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

GMAX TUPOLEV ANT-25 PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, my GMax mania returned, this time in building a Microsoft Flight Simulator model of the Tupolev ANT-25 long-distance record setter. Or were its Moscow/U.S. West Coast … Continue reading

October 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

GMAX TUPOLEV ANT-25 PART 1

MY GMAX MANIA continues. After having incorporated just about every documentable detail into my GMax Westland Lysander, I looked around for another project using this entertaining computer software. Years ago, … Continue reading

October 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

LIZZIE’S FRIEND BARBARA PART 2

BARBARA AND TONY Bertram ran a British Intelligence “secret house” for French Resistance operatives during World War II. Her memoirs, French Resistance in Sussex, recount “the excitement, anxiety and love … Continue reading

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

LIZZIE’S FRIEND BARBARA PART 1

IN RESEARCHING THE Westland “Lizzie” Lysander, I learned about Barbara Bertram. During World War II, she and her husband Major Anthony Bertram lived in Bignor, a tiny Sussex village not … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

IMAGES FROM AVIATION’S GOLDEN AGE

THE GOLDEN AGE of aviation is regarded as being the 1920s and 1930s. As noted by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, “Airplanes evolved from wood-and-fabric biplanes to streamlined … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

SOPWITH CUCKOO

TOM SOPWITH HAD a way with words in naming his World War I aeroplanes: the Camel, the Dolphin, the Pup, the Salamander, and the Snipe, to name five of the … Continue reading

September 2, 2019 · Leave a comment