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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

THE HINDENBURG’S BABY GRAND

IT WOULD seem incongruous to find a piano aboard an airship. But, for awhile, the Lounge of the Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg featured a baby grand built by Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · 4 Comments

THE FIRST PERSON TO FLY IN THE U.S.

JUST AS GEORGE Washington crossed the Delaware River in December 1776, within two decades Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard entered aviation history as the first person to fly in the U.S., also … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

TROOPS (AND PLANES) TO THE BORDER PART 2

YESTERDAY WE left U.S Army General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing and Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa poised for interaction in a border squabble. Today, we see how aeroplanes played a … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

TROOPS (AND PLANES) TO THE BORDER PART 1

“A STORY as timely as today’s headlines,” it has been said. However, this story about the United States versus Mexico took place 100 years ago. The tale involves a U.S. … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · 3 Comments

GEORGE CONSTANTINESCU—SCIENTIST, INVENTOR, ENGINEER, CARMAKER PART 1

ALLIED AIRCRAFT synchronized armament in 1917. An automotive torque converter in 1926. Let’s celebrate the fellow who devised these two and other technicalities: George Constantinescu, a Romanian-Briton with an office … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

AERO HISTORY—A CENTURY AGO PART 2

C.G. GREY’S 1917 Jane’s summary of “modern” aeronautics seems to predate his political inclinations discussed yesterday here at SimanaitisSays. However, his views were no less outspoken in matters technical and … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

AERO HISTORY—A CENTURY AGO PART 1

“A BRIEF History of Modern Aeronautics,” by C.G. Grey, appeared as a supplement to Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1917. By that time, Jane’s had become the world’s authority on … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment