Category Archives: Commentary

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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Japanese Boeing 787 Airplanes Have Issues

In the general scheme of things, one problem is unlucky; two problems is an unlucky coincidence; and three problems – hey… what’s going on?! Boeing Company‘s spectacular 787 Dreamliner aircraft seem to be suffering from a series of problems lately. … Continue reading

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Introduction

Welcome to Pioneers Of Aviation, a blog in which I hope to present to you as factual as possible a history of flight: both lighter-than-air and heavier-than air. This blog will examine history’s first attempts at flight, the mythologies of … Continue reading

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