Category Archives: Firsts

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 #58 – New “Voisin” Biplane, 1911.

History Behind The Card:  New “Voisin” Biplane, 1911. Card #58 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Gabriel Voisin, February 5, 1880 in Belleville-sur-Saône, France – December 25, 1973 in Ozenay, France; Charles Voisin, July … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #51 – “Bristol” Military Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Bristol” Military Biplane. Card #51 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture issue Sir George White, 1st Baronet, March 28, 1854 in Kingsdown, Bristol, Great Britain – November 22, 1916 in Stoke … Continue reading

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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910 – 50 Cards

Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910  – 50 Cards “Flying Ship” of Francesco de Lana. Montgolfier, 1783. First Balloon Flight in England, 1784. First Successful Crossing the Channel, 1785. First Parachute Display, 1837. First “dirigible,” 1852. First Successful Dirigible, 1883. … Continue reading

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SolarStratos solar plane unveiled

Payerne, Switzerland—On December 7, 2016, Raphael Domjan’s stratospheric solar plane was unveiled in Payerne, Switzerland, to 300 guests, including ambassadors, partners, government representatives and the world’s media. SolarStratos is the first commercial two-seater solar plane in history and plans to … Continue reading

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First Flight Of A Solar-Powered & Piloted Helicopter

Who knew that the University of Maryland would suddenly become the hotbed of pioneering aviation? While I have been remiss in discussing pioneers or pioneering feats in aviation featuring helicopters—I am a huge fan—let’s take a look at what some … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #43 – “Silver Dart” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Silver Dart” Biplane. And then some. Card #43 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain, March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922, Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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The First Japanese Airplane – Kaishiki No. 1

Japan’s very first Japanese-designed and manufactured aeroplane was the Kaishiki No. 1 (kaishiichigouki, 会式一号機), pusher aeroplane (propeller is behind the pilot, pushing the craft, as opposed to the puller type we commonly have nowadays that leads the aircraft) which was … Continue reading

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Hero’s Aelipile

Hero (also known as Heron) was born around 10AD (dying in 70AD) in Alexandria, then part of Roman Egypt. Despite the Roman and Egyptian mention, Hero was a Greek… and is considered one of the early world’s greatest mathematicians and … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #40 – The “Windham” Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: The “Windham” Monoplane. Card #40 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Captain Walter George Windham, September 15, 1868 in ???, Great Britain – July 5, 1942 in Builth Wells, Wales. Phoptographic images in this … Continue reading

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