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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

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

NORTH AMERICAN B-25 MITCHELL—MOVIE STAR    PART 2

TODAY IN PART 2,the B-25 bomber has two movie roles, one celebrating the famed Doolittle Raid of Japan in early 1942, the other a scathing 1970 satire of wartime madness.  … Continue reading

August 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

NORTH AMERICAN B-25 MITCHELL—WAR HERO AND MOVIE STAR PART 1

THE NORTH AMERICAN B-25 medium bomber was named for a pioneer U.S. military aviator and was employed by another famed aviator in a retaliatory strike on Japan just four months … Continue reading

August 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

HOLLYWOOD STUNT FLYING IN THE TWENTIES

BY THE 1920S, FILMMAKERS recognized Southern California as an excellent place for filming outdoors year around. Movie goers had fallen in love with aviation flicks. And the First World War … Continue reading

July 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

THE AIRCRAFT DRAWINGS OF DOUGLAS ROLFE PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, we examined two of the aircraft illustrated by Douglas Rolfe in his Airplanes of the World: 843 Planes, From Pusher to Jet 1490-1954. Here are two … Continue reading

May 16, 2022 · 5 Comments

THE AIRCRAFT DRAWINGS OF DOUGLAS ROLFE PART 1

RECENTLY I WAS IDLY LEAFING through Douglas Rolfe’s Airplanes of the World when I realized how many of my GMax projects had been rendered in Rolfe’s illustrations. Indeed, his book … Continue reading

May 15, 2022 · 4 Comments

AVIATION HIGHLIGHTS—A CENTURY AGO

AVIATION EXPANDED OVER land and sea in 1922. Here are tidbits of 100 years ago gleaned from Chronicle of Aviation, together with my usual Internet sleuthing. Paris and East. The … Continue reading

April 5, 2022 · 1 Comment

PIERRE PRIER—FIRST NONSTOP LONDON/PARIS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, my perusal of The Aeroplane magazine, July 28, 1950, introduced me to pioneer aviator Pierre Prier. In 1911, he was the first to fly nonstop from … Continue reading

March 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

PIERRE PRIER—FIRST NON-STOP LONDON/PARIS PART 1

PIERRE PRIER’S APRIL 19, 1911, FLIGHT was the first non-stop from London to Paris. I’ve only recently learned of the achievement; this, in reading a 70-year-old magazine. Here, in Parts … Continue reading

March 11, 2022 · 1 Comment