Category Archives: Commentary

A “Look” Inside A 1909 Aeroplane Factory

The headline describes the journey… Published in the April 25, 1909 edition of The Daily Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana – page 43 – found via READEX, a Division of Newsbank… my source for early American newspaper resources. http://www.iw.newsbank.com. I … Continue reading

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It Sucked To Be An Early Innovative Aviation Inventor

By the time the general populous heard of the Wright Brother’s and their fabulous new aeroplane, they had actually had five successful years to improve upon their original flight, and put in numerous years previous working out aerodynamics, power-to-weight ratios, … Continue reading

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1960 Comic Book Aviation Ad: The Good Old Days

The above image is an advertisement from the back of a 1960 Donald Duck comic book I own. Yeah, yeah… I collect comic books and have over 35,000 of the darn things. I’m a nerd who also loves Star Trek, … Continue reading

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Birth Of The Military Airplane

Even though the Wright Brothers had first flown an airplane on December 17, 1903, they kept their achievement a secret for a number of years, finally revealing to the world that they were indeed the inventors of heavier-than-air sustainable flight. … Continue reading

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Original Poster Art Celebrating 1909 Return Of The Wright Brothers To USA

Here’s a very cool poster featuring the Wright Brothers and their celebrated return home from Europe back to their hometown of Dayton, Ohio… in a two-day event to be celebrated on June 17-19, 1909. When the Wrights returned to America … Continue reading

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1892 Cosmopolitan Article Written By Hiram Maxim

Presented here is an article written by Hiram Maxim (1840 – 1916), who amongst his many inventions created a machine gun and a sprinkler system, though never purchased until the patent expired saw his invention actually used after that. The … Continue reading

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United Airlines Lets Man Masturbate Next To Teen

Talk about having the situation not being in hand despite the situation being in hand! Eighteen-year-old Monica Amestoy says that while aboard her United Airlines flight back to Los Angeles after participating in a high school debate tournament in New … Continue reading

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British Aviation Pioneer Spied For Japan

Aside from motive and sex, this British spy story has everything you would expect: money, politics… hmm, I also expect car chases and shoot-outs, but no such luck. This is the story of Master William Francis Forbes-Sempill (later named the … Continue reading

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Arango’s Aeroplanes

Here is a new article from Air & Space magazine of the Smithsonian, published for the February 2013 issue, about a World War I collector of aeroplanes. You know he’s serious because that’s how he spells ‘airplanes’. Meet Javier Arango … Continue reading

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Desperation Breeds Tiny Monsters

The above headline is an adage I created years ago that only caught on with myself. That fact doesn’t mean the meaning isn’t true, though. Scott Mayerowitz of The Associated Press has written an article detailing how Boeing’s dream passenger … Continue reading

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