Category Archives: Airfields

Wills’s Aviation Card #62 – “Goupy III.” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Goupy III” Biplane. Card #62 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – black back issue Ambroise Goupy, November 5, 1885 in Paris, France – January 25, 1951, Paris, France. Mario Calderara, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #59 – “Vanniman” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Vanniman” Triplane. Card #59 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Chester Melvin Vaniman aka Vanniman, December 30, 1866 in Virden, Illinois, United States of America – July 2, 1912 in … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #56 – “Howard-Wright” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Howard-Wright” Biplane. Card #56 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series Capstan Navy Cut black back 1911 issue Howard Theophilus Wright, circa 1867 in Dudley, England, Great Britain –  died circa 1945; Thomas Octave Murdoch, January … Continue reading

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1909 Reims – World’s First Airplane Meet – Part 2

Okay, it might have been written six months ago, but we’ve looked at the who, what and where of the world’s first international aeroplane contest – the Grande Semaine d’Aviation de 14 (Great Aviation Week of 1914) airplane meet in France … Continue reading

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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Commemorates Remembrance Day

If you are in the area – and even if you are not – go and visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014. For those of you who are unaware, November … Continue reading

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1909 Reims – World’s First Airplane Meet – Part 1

The above poster advertises the very first international aviation meet, held August 22-29, 1090 at Reims, France, and event called the Grande Semaine d’Aviation de 14 (Great Aviation Week of 1914). The poster also mentions 200,000 French Francs of prizes! … Continue reading

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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Announces Arrival of Lancaster from UK Tour

Hamilton, Ontario–The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pleased to announce the much anticipated flight home of their beloved Lancaster. As most locals know, the Lancaster left Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on August 5, 2014 for an epic tour of the UK … Continue reading

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Whoops! Britain Accidentally Bombs Berlin In WWII

On this date, August 25, 1940, Great Britain “accidentally” bombed Berlin, one day after the German Luftwaffe supposedly accidentally bombed London. Accidentally on purpose, of course. Germany had, prior to this been strategically bombing British towns and cities, but had … Continue reading

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RACF Squadron 415

On this date – August 20 – in 1941, the Royal Canadian Airforce‘s (RCAF) only torpedo squadron, the 415 Maritime Patrol, was formed on Thorney Island, England, equipped with Beaufort’s, and later Handley’s. When the 415 was formed, it would … Continue reading

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New Permanent Imperial War Museum at Duxford, UK

Situated within the grounds of the famous WWI and WWII Duxford airfield situated in Cambridgeshire, UK, a new permanent exhibition focusing on the base’s history will open to the public on March 28, 2013. IWM (Imperial War Museum) Duxford is … Continue reading

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