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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

UP, DOWN, AND AROUND WITH FÉLIX NADAR PART 2

YESTERDAY, FRENCH pioneer photographer Félix Nadar explored the depths of the catacombs of Paris. Today in Part 2, he soars high above the city, still with camera in hand. My … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

SIKORSKY CHICKSAW = WESTLAND WHIRLWIND?

I’VE BEEN RIGHT UP next to a Sikorsky Chicksaw helicopter, admittedly a stripped example in residence at Musée d’Art Populaire Chez Manual. This fabulously eclectic collection is just north of … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · 5 Comments

EVERYBODY’S AVIATION GUIDE—90 YEARS AGO PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, Major Victor W. Pagé, Air Corps Reserve, U.S.A., started bringing us up to date on aeronautics in 1928. Today in Part 2, he continues with details … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

EVERYBODY’S AVIATION GUIDE—90 YEARS AGO PART 1

MAJOR VICTOR W. PAGÉ, Air Corps Reserve, U.S.A., was a timely author. He wrote in 1928, “The transoceanic flights made by Byrd, Lindbergh, Chamberlin, Acosta, Hegenberger and Maitland, and others … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 2

WE LEFT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling yesterday at SimanaitisSays in her new position as a researcher at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, the R&D arm of the RAF. It was 1936. She … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 1

I LEARNED ABOUT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling while researching yesterday’s SimanaitisSays on the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine. This engine played a major role in Britain’s and the Allies’ defeat of the … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE ROLLS-ROYCE MERLIN—REFINEMENTS REWARDED

ENGINEERING IS a process, not a result. An excellent example of this is development of the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, renowned for powering the Avro Lancaster, de Havilland Mosquito, Hawker … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 · 4 Comments