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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

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

BEECHCRAFT PREMIER I BUSINESS JET

IT HAS BEEN almost 15 years since I held the controls of a Beechcraft Premier I business jet, briefly at Flight Level 410 and also during our descent into Beech … Continue reading

March 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

ALOFT IN PARIS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we began our time travel above Paris with the Opéra Garnier. Off in the distance at about 11:35 was the Grand Palais along the Seine. The … Continue reading

January 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

ALOFT IN PARIS PART 1

PASCAL ORY’S BOOK Legend of the Skies: Images and Objects From the World of Aviation offers images of Paris from the air, circa 1910. With the help of Google Maps and … Continue reading

January 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a 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

THE DRAMA AIN’T OVER TILL THE CAL PILOT GETS HIS DUE PART 2

YESTERDAY’S TOPIC WAS pioneer aviator John J. Montgomery’s demonstration of controlled flight of a heavier-than-air craft. The year was 1883, nine years before the Wright Brothers opened their bicycle shop, … Continue reading

December 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE DRAMA AIN’T OVER TILL THE CAL PILOT GETS HIS DUE PART 1

AWHILE BACK I viewed Gallant Journey, 1946, on “Turner Classic Movies.” It was a pleasant enough flick, starring Glenn Ford as California aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery. Little did I … Continue reading

December 15, 2020 · Leave a comment