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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

B&W: THE FIRST BOEING

WILLIAM E. BOEING was a prominent Seattle timber executive, land owner, and yachtsman. His friend Conrad Westervelt was a U.S. Naval officer assigned to a Seattle shipyard. Like lots of … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

AN AEROPLANE FOR EVERYMAN—THE AUSTIN WHIPPET, PART 2

MAYBE A British Great War pilot was contemplating conversion of the back garden potting shed into an aeroplane hangar for his Austin Whippet. Or maybe not. It was 1919 and … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

AN AEROPLANE FOR EVERYMAN—THE AUSTIN WHIPPET, PART 1

THE AUSTIN Whippet aeroplane was going to satisfy peacetime flying urges of Britain’s Great War pilots, just as the Austin Seven motor car would fulfill road-going aspirations of the post-war … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

ROBERTS 6X AEROPLANE ENGINE

THE ROBERTS Motor Company of Sandusky, Ohio, manufactured advanced aircraft engines in the early part of the last century. Indeed, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, more … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

FORD DEALER STARTS OWN AIRLINE

IT SEEMS improbable today, but a car dealer starting his own airline was a sound business model back in 1927. The country was abuzz with Lucky Lindy’s transatlantic solo, Jack … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

HAVEN’T I SEEN THAT AIRCRAFT SOMEWHERE BEFORE?

IF IMITATION IS the most sincere form of flattery, entrepreneurs of the People’s Republic of China are the world’s greatest sycophants. Back in 2012 at SimanaitisSays, I wrote “Software Pirating—Big … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

BESSIE RAICHE, FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO FLY—AND RATHER MORE

DID BESSIE Raiche’s solo flight on September 16, 1910, make her the world’s first female pilot? Uh, no. Frenchwoman Raymonde de Laroche had already piloted a Voisin aeroplane on October … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment