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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

NAPIER-HESTON RACER—IN SEARCH OF A RECORD

DESPITE INNOVATIVE DESIGN, plenteous funding, and meticulous fabrication, the 1940 Napier-Heston Racer failed to fulfill its purpose of setting a World Air Speed Record. The onset of World War II … Continue reading

October 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

BESSIE COLEMAN—A COURAGEOUS WOMAN OF SOARING AMBITION PART 2

HERE’S A WOMAN who rose from a http://wp.me/p2ETap-az9 sharecropper family to being called “the world’s greatest woman flier” in 1922. Today in Part 2, we find Bessie returning to the … Continue reading

September 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

BESSIE COLEMAN—A COURAGEOUS WOMAN OF SOARING AMBITION PART 1

MORE THAN 100 years ago, a young woman heard about pioneer aviatrix Harriet Quimby and thought flying might be fun for her too. The young woman had two challenges: her … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · 1 Comment

THE CURTISS AEROPLANE CO. 1912–1913

A CURTISS BROCHURE describes the aviation state of the art for 1912–1913: “The aeroplane, having progressed from the experimental to the practical stage, and, by means of aviation meetings and … Continue reading

July 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

GENERAL AVIATION—A HALF-CENTURY PERSPECTIVE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE STARTED leafing through the November 1966 issue of The Flyer. Today, we continue with this general-aviation magazine’s coverage of a “10-Engine Magic Carpet,” an instrument tutorial, a woman’s … Continue reading

June 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

GENERAL AVIATION—A HALF-CENTURY PERSPECTIVE PART 1

SORTING ONE THING and another, I came upon the November 1966 issue of The Flyer magazine, Vol. 6, No. 8, 40¢. It offers interesting insights about general aviation of more … Continue reading

June 21, 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

CELEBRATING A STEAM PUNK ZEPPELIN BUSTER PART 1

THE 1917 P.B. 31E Nighthawk was Supermarine Aircraft’s first design, an utterly bizarre steam punk Zeppelin buster, from this English firm destined, two decades later, to produce the legendary Spitfire. … Continue reading

June 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 2

THE NAME BREGUET is associated with time, but French pioneer aviator Louis Breguet was ahead of his. Here in Part 2, we see him as aviation entrepreneur, visionary, and theoretician. … Continue reading

May 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 1

FRENCHMAN LOUIS BREGUET was the great-great-grandson of famed horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet. By contrast, Louis Breguet was an aviation pioneer, yet very much ahead of his time. Indeed, one of his … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · 1 Comment