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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

DOUGLAS DAUNTLESS SBD—SLOW BUT DEADLY

LET’S CELEBRATE an aircraft that contributed mightily to our victory in the Pacific in World War II, the Douglas Dauntless SBD. Indeed, the SBD accounted for destroying more Japanese tonnage … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE BOEING 747

AFTER 48 YEARS of service, the Boeing 747 is being replaced by newer, more efficient wide-body aircraft. The 747 is a glorious example of aeronautical engineering and, for crew and … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

B.R.1 ROTARY AERO ENGINE

QUICK: NAME a famous automaker who first manufactured aero engines. Oh, the one with the spinning prop logo? Actually, I was thinking of an even earlier one: W.O. Bentley and … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

DOUGLAS DC-3

THIS DOUGLAS DC-3 pin was the object of my recent rummaging through the desk. The search was prompted by a cameo appearance of Donald Douglas in a recent item here … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 6 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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