Category Archives: Air Shows

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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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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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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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911 – 75-Card Series

The Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911  – 75-Card Series features 79 different cards, owing to different brands/backs opting for different aircraft/people to be featured on four cards: Cards No. 63. (2x); No. 69 (2x); No. 73 (2x); and No. … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #73 – Lieut. Jean Conneau (Beaumont)

History Behind The Card: Lieut. Jean Conneau (Beaumont) Card #73 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Green-back issue Jean Louis Conneau (aka André Beaumont) on February 8, 1880 in Lodève, Hérault, France – August … Continue reading

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Leona Dare In The Air Up There

There are a lot of “maybe’s” and “postulating” within this particular article. I was glancing through the August 2017 magazine edition of Smithsonian, spying the cover story on “The New American Circus” but was more caught up in the “poster … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #72 – M. Hubert Latham

History Behind The Card: M. Hubert Latham. Card #72 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Arthur Charles Hubert Latham, born in Paris, France on January 10, 1883 – June 25, 1912 near … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #71 – The late Mr. John B. Moisant.

History Behind The Card: The late Mr. John B. Moisant. Card #71 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue John Bevins Moisant, in Kankakee, Illinois, United States of America on April 25, 1868 … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #70 – Mr. J. Armstrong Drexel

History Behind The Card: Mr. J. Armstrong Drexel. Card #70 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue John Armstrong Drexel, born October 24, 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America – died … Continue reading

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