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HUGHES H-1 RACER    PART 3

IN PARTS 1 AND 2, Howard Hughes and his H-1 set out to break a world speed record for land airplanes, 1935, and a cross-country record in 1937. Now in … Continue reading

July 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE HUGHES H-1 RACER   PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, a 29-year-old Howard Hughes set out to design, fabricate, and fly a land plane for a world speed record. Eventually known as the H-1, his sleek … Continue reading

July 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

HUGHES H-1 RACER   PART 1

IT WAS THE Golden Age of aviation. It was the 1930s, when Howard Hughes and his H-1 Racer set a world speed record as well as one for crossing the … Continue reading

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

A FLYING CAR? A ROADABLE PLANE?

WE HAVE UPSIZED drones proposed today as just-around-the-corner flying cars. But it’s interesting that we’ve already been there, done that. Here are tidbits about the 1921 Tampier Avion-Motorcar, not exactly … Continue reading

June 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAMBERG TO ROME, 1926—AND VIRTUALLY 2021

WHEN I COMPLETE modeling an airplane for my Microsoft Flight Simulator, I typically fool with it a couple times on the sim, then go on to a new GMax project. … Continue reading

June 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

FLYING THE ALPS IN A SMALL PLANE—AND I MEAN SMALL PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE MARVELED at aviation pioneers challenging the mighty Alps. Today in Part 2, a young Willy Messerschmitt challenges the Versailles Treaty with the M-17, a powered aircraft of his … Continue reading

June 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

FLYING THE ALPS IN A SMALL PLANE—AND I MEAN SMALL PART 1

EVEN TODAY, FLYING the Alps can be an exhilarating experience. Imagine what it must have been like in the early days of aviation. Here today and tomorrow in Parts 1 … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE SIAI-MARCHETTI-NARDI FN-333—FOR PIRATES OF THE RIVIERA   PART 2

YESTERDAY, THE FN-333 RIVIERA’S heritage was described here as a rare amphibious aircraft, 26 produced in Italy, perhaps six in the world airworthy today. Here in Part 2, I offer … Continue reading

April 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE SIAI-MARCHETTI-NARDI FN-333—FOR PIRATES OF THE RIVIERA   PART 1

IN “THE COOL World of Seaplanes,” Flying magazine, June 1966, James Gilbert summed up the FN-333 Riviera, “The ads talk about your being a private pirate in the Riviera, but … Continue reading

April 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

CHRONICLE OF AVIATION—1921

THE ROARING TWENTIES followed the roar of warfare, the latter including unprecedented combat in the air. Bombers were converted to passenger service. Surplus fighter planes gave barnstormers a peacetime career. … Continue reading

April 25, 2021 · Leave a comment