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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 2

THE NAME BREGUET is associated with time, but French pioneer aviator Louis Breguet was ahead of his. Here in Part 2, we see him as aviation entrepreneur, visionary, and theoretician. … Continue reading

May 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

LOUIS BREGUET—A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME PART 1

FRENCHMAN LOUIS BREGUET was the great-great-grandson of famed horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet. By contrast, Louis Breguet was an aviation pioneer, yet very much ahead of his time. Indeed, one of his … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT—A SORT OF FRENCH CHARLES LINDBERGH/STEVE MCQUEEN/BERNIE SANDERS/ NOAM CHOMSKY PART 2

FRENCHMAN EXCEPTIONAL LUCIEN Bossoutrot was more than a pioneer aviator. Today in Part 2, we’ll see why I can include Steve McQueen, Bernie Sanders, and Noam Chomsky in my Bossoutrot … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT—A SORT OF FRENCH CHARLES LINDBERGH/STEVE MCQUEEN/BERNIE SANDERS/ NOAM CHOMSKY PART 1

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT’S ATTRIBUTES were revealed from my reading a short item in Chronicle of Aviation, Bill Gunston, editor in chief, JL International, 1992: The item’s title reads “Nomads Rescue Stranded … Continue reading

April 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

INTERNATIONAL AIR RACES AND POLITICS—1920

THE ROAR OF the Roaring Twenties could well have been airplanes setting new records. World War I aviation technology would be transformed into peaceful endeavors of air mail and the … Continue reading

March 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

AN ENGLISH ECCENTRIC PART 2

NOEL PEMBERTON-BILLING, pioneer aviator, aeroplane manufacturer, outspoken adventurer, succeeded and failed a goodly number of times in his early years. Founder of Supermarine, Pemberton-Billing built no aeroplanes as renowned as … Continue reading

February 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

AN ENGLISH ECCENTRIC PART 1

MY INTEREST IN Noel Pemberton-Billing arose from my GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator hobby: It was Pemberton-Billing who designed the 1913 P.B.7 flying boat which I modeled. Here, in Parts 1, 2, … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment