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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

GREMLIN TIDBITS PART 2

TODAY’S TIDBIT COLLECTION traces back to Roald Dahl’s book about gremlins described two days ago at SimanaitisSays, continued yesterday with ”Gremlin Tidbits Part 1.” Actually, though, all this began a … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

THE GREMLINS—THE LOST DISNEY (AND DAHL) PRODUCTION

ROALD DAHL WAS an author of children’s books, a screenwriter, a short story writer—and a fighter pilot. That is, this British author of James and the Peach and Matilda, screenplay … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

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