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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

A SCREENPLAY PITCH PART 2

WE LEFT transplanted Kiki Lowell Yerex barnstorming in the U.S. after his World War I combat experiences. A primary source here in Part 2 is “Touring with Pyle,” by famed … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

A SCREENPLAY PITCH PART 1

“I GOT this great screenplay! It has everything. Action. Glamor. International rivalry. Airplanes for the guys. Romance for their girlfriends.” “Old hat….” “Wait! There’s this World War I pilot who’s … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

THEO’S WONDERFUL FLYING MACHINE

“THEO JUST INHERITED his Grandfather’s flying machine. It had become a little rusty and broken, but Theo set to work to repair it.” And thus begins this charming little book … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

ON SENDING THE KID UP IN A CRATE LIKE THIS PART 2

YESTERDAY’S SIMANAITISSAYS outlined the reasons for World War I fighter planes of pusher configuration, a primary benefit being its forward-facing armament not shooting off the aircraft’s aft-spinning propeller. Each of … Continue reading

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

ON SENDING THE KID UP IN A CRATE LIKE THIS PART 1

AERIAL AGGRESSION in World War I originated with pilots and their handheld pistols, fired almost randomly, or rifles wielded by observers in aircraft designed with this intent, observation. Fighter planes, … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE WRIGHT ENGINE PART 2

IN PART 1 yesterday, we learned that the 1903 Wright Flyer was powered by a horizontally aligned inline-four designed and fabricated by the brothers themselves and their mechanician Charlie Taylor. … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE WRIGHT 1903 ENGINE PART 1

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS designed and developed the first powered heavier-than-air craft with theoretical as well as practical considerations. “The Wright Brothers—Aero Theoreticians” here at SimanaitisSays described one aspect of this, … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 2 Comments