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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

FLIGHT-SIM STIPA-CAPRONI

A WISE YOUNG WOMAN taught me “Never say never.” Well, a fat lot of good that did, because as recently as October 13 of last year, I noted that the … Continue reading

January 9, 2023 · 3 Comments

GMAX/FLTSIM IMITATES LIFE

SO THERE I WAS, just like SAAB engineers with their 21A fighter: They wanted to convert it to jet power. For details, see “Saab 21—Where’s My Prop?” here at SimanaitisSays. … Continue reading

December 8, 2022 · 6 Comments

DUCTED FAN AD EXTREMUS PART 2

LUIGI STIPA’S INTUBED PROPELLER concept may have been derided as the “flying barrel,” but Stipa had done his homework. Here in Part 2, we’ll see whether theory translated into practice. … Continue reading

October 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

DUCTED FAN AD EXTREMUS PART 1

SENSING MY PENCHANT for GMax modeling of odd aircraft, a reader recently asked me about doing a Stipa-Caproni “Flying Barrel.” Surely it’s one of the oddest things ever to take … Continue reading

October 13, 2022 · 7 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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