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About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. Along with writing for a monthly industrial magazine, he also writes comic books and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. Along with the daily Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife blog, when he feels the hate, will also write another blog entitled: You Know What I Hate? He also works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.

Julia Clark – The Daring Bird Girl

Julia Clark: December 21, 1880 in London, England, Great Britain – June 17, 1912 in Springfield, Illinois, United States of America. The one true thing I can state about Julia Clark, is that she was a pioneer pilot. The second … Continue reading

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Mohan Singh – The Flying Hindu

I have been called the “whitest Brown guy” by many a person – recently even… which I am meant to take as a compliment. Yes, even I… a Brown guy …. do love hockey and baseball, and know more about … Continue reading

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Bessie Coleman – First Black Female Licensed Pilot

Bessie Coleman, January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, United States of America – April 30, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America. In honor of Black History Month in the U.S., let’s take a look at Bessie Coleman, the … Continue reading

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Weather A Strong Factor Behind Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Like most kids of my generation, I loved watching rocket ships blast off into space. As a young kid, I sat in mute rapture watching on July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11’s Eagle landed on the Moon and Neil Armstrong … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #79–”Ponche & Primard” Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: “Ponche & Primard” Monoplane. Card #79 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal – Black-back issue Marie Joseph Louis Charles Ponche, born in Amiens, France, May 23, in 1884 – February 10, 1916, Dugny, France; Maurice … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is In The Space Race

That’s one effin’ big disco ball, mate. Or, for you nerds, and I suppose I was/am one… it’s the world’s coolest looking 65-sided D&D die. Back on January 21, 2018, New Zealand officially joined the space race (which isn’t as … Continue reading

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Not Quite The First Black Woman On ISS

While writing a couple of posts for February’s upcoming Black History Month, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced it was making a crew switch of astronauts slated to stay aboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Jeanette Epps was slated … Continue reading

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Tobacco Card Artist: Albert Operti

This story has virtually nothing to do with a pioneer of aviation than a pioneer of art. I recently completed and posted a feature article on Salomon August Andrée and his two attempts to reach the North Pole by balloon. … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #78–”Short” Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: “Short” Hydro-Aeroplane. Card #78 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Horace Leonard Short on July 2, 1872 in Chilton Colliery, Durham, England, Great Britain – April 6, 1917 … Continue reading

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1930s French Trading Cards

What we have here are aviation cards offered by Chocolat Pupier Jolies in 1930 and 1937. The plain cards denoting: Avion (flying), Un Monoplane (A monoplane), and Un Hydravion (a sea plane) are from 1930, and are part of a … Continue reading

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