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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

AIRLINE MAPS: A CENTURY OF ART AND DESIGN

DAUGHTER SUZ Christmas-gifted me with Airline Maps: A Century of Art and Design. What a find! As its title suggests, it describes how airline maps changed cartography. Here are tidbits … Continue reading

January 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

IDZ! POLSKIE WILGA! IDZ!

IN POLISH, THE WORD wilga describes a golden oriole; also, the Wilga PZL-104 is a Polish aircraft of notable STOL (short-takeoff-and-landing) characteristics. Its first variant having flown in 1962, the … Continue reading

January 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

1911 VALKYRIE MONOPLANE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE HAD Horatio Barber’s Valkyrie demonstrating its short take-off capability by charging directly at admiring crowds. Today in Part 2, the Valkyrie continues to entertain, becomes the world’s first … Continue reading

November 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

1911 VALKYRIE MONOPLANE PART 1

WELL, HERE’S a pleasant surprise: the combination of an old aeroplane and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. What’s more surprising is finding a detailed article on that aeroplane from 1910. The tale … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 4 Comments

DEPERDUSSIN MONOCOQUE AEROPLANE PART 2

THIS CONTINUES yesterday’s look at the Deperdussin Monocoque racer, an aircraft that displayed technology far in advance of 1913, yet also a feature dating back to the 1903 Wright Flyer. … Continue reading

November 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

DEPERDUSSIN MONOCOQUE AEROPLANE PART 1

AN HISTORIC IMAGE encouraged my most recent GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator aircraft project: I had seen other photographs of the French Deperdussin Monocoque, but a particularly stunning image shows crewmen trying … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

TRANSPORTATION ART, UTILITY, AND PLAY

EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY transport offered enhanced mobility in a multiplicity of ways. Balloons had been around for more than a century. Internal combustion gave them directionality despite whims of the wind. … Continue reading

October 17, 2019 · 2 Comments