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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

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

AVIATION SELLS!

EARLY AVIATION GENERATED entirely new ventures. It also gave existing businesses a piece of the action, sometimes only indirectly. Here’s a sample of “Aviation Sells!” One of the oddest gizmos … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

BASSÉ & SELVE AERO ENGINE

ON MAY 31, 1918, a German Rumpler two-seat aircraft was shot down in combat. The Rumpler’s six-cylinder Bassé & Selve engine was retrieved by British Intelligence and subjected to intensive … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

A FAMILY AFFAIR IN KIWI AVIATION

FOR THE WALSH siblings of Auckland, New Zealand, early aviation was very much a family affair. Unlike fellow Kiwi Richard Pearse, they didn’t have to devise everything (including spark plugs!) … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

AVIATION MARKETING 101: 1911–1913

THE INTERNET IS often likened to the Wild West because of its unruly activities, but today’s internet is fairly orderly in comparison to the early days of aviation. I’ve already … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment