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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

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

PEACEMAKER LORE

TIMING: IT’S IMPORTANT in peace as well as in war. Ironically, one of the latter’s weapons of mass destruction has the name Peacemaker, and this aircraft is an interesting example of … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

AERO BASE MICROWING BLÉRIOT XI

IT’S SORT OF Christmas early: The instructions read “Not Suitable Under 15 Years of Age. Tools Recommended: Modelling Knife, Tweezers, Instant Glue.” They neglected to add “Helpful To Have The … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · 4 Comments

SPITFIRE FLYING, SELF-TAUGHT

I WAS SORTING through one thing and another when I came upon the British Air Ministry’s 1943 Air Publication 1565K, Spitfire F XII Pilot’s Notes. The Supermarine Spitfire single-seat fighter … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 3 Comments