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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

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

MARTIN M-130 SWEETHEART PIN

WIFE DOTTIE was sorting antiques swap meet jewelry treasures and came upon a piece of aircraft memorabilia with lots of interesting history. Her Martin M-130 crafted in sterling silver is … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

CHINA AIR—THE MIDDLE YEARS OF THE MIDDLE KINGDOM

BY 1925, CHINA had a good number of aircraft, most imported, though a few of its own manufacture. Following the 1912 demise of the Qing imperial dynasty, Sun Yat-sen served … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHINA IN THE AIR—THE EARLY YEARS

PRINCE TSI TAO and Y.L. Lee are the only Chinese aviators listed in Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, 1913. In my next Jane’s, six years later, Jane’s All the World’s … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE GLIDER THAT HELPED TAKE NORMANDY

LET’S CELEBRATE the Waco CG-4A Hadrian glider, first flown 75 years ago. This U.S. glider’s delivery of troops and armament was part of the Allied invasions of Sicily, Normandy, the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

BLACKBURN B.20: FLOATPLANE? FLYING BOAT?

HERE’S A DESIGN that looks particularly unorthodox, only, guess what, it does make sense. The Blackburn B.20, a British aircraft at the beginning of World War II, was a flying … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment