Category Archives: Firsts

GoFly Contest To Create A Working Personal Flying Device

In my much younger days scientists promised us jetpacks. I want my jetpack! I want to fly! Sadly, jetpacks and rocket suits a la Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Adam Strange, The Rocketeer, IronMan and other comic book characters remain a … 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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Creation Of The U.S. Air Force – 1912

While combing through the dust and mites of forgotten lore while surfing the ‘net, I came across a newspaper article from over 105 years ago that details just how the very first United States of America aeroplane air force was … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #68 – Capt. Bertram Dickson.

History Behind The Card: Capt. Bertram Dickson. Card #68 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Captain Bertram Dickson, December 21, 1873 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain – September 28, 1913 in Lochrosque … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #67 – M. Louis Bleriot.

History Behind The Card: M. Louis Bleriot. Card #67 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, July 1, 1872 in Cambrai, France – August 1, 1936, Paris, France. This … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #66 – M. Louis Paulhan.

History Behind The Card: M. Louis Paulhan. Card #66 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Isidore Auguste Marie Louis Paulhan, July 19, 1883 in Pézenas, Hérault, France — February 10, 1963, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #65 – M. Henri Farman.

History Behind The Card: M. Henri Farman. Card #65 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Henri (Henry) Farman, May 26, 1874 in Paris, France — July 17, 1958, Paris, France; Maurice (Morris) … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #64 – Mr. Claude Grahame-White.

History Behind The Card: Mr. Claude Grahame-White. Card #64 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – black back issue Claude Grahame-White, August 21, 1879 in Bursledon, Hampshire, England, Great Britain – August 19, 1959 in Nice, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #63 – “Tellier” Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: “Tellier” Monoplane. Card #63 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – black back issue Alphonse Tellier, August 24, 1879 in Paris, France – February 14, 1929 in Grasse, France; Émile Dubonnet, … Continue reading

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