Category Archives: Firsts

Wills’s Aviation Card #81–Farman Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: Farman Hydro Aeroplane. Card #81 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – 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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Capt. Oswald Boelcke

History Behind The Card: Capt. Oswald Boelcke Card #46, 1934 series, National Chicle Co., Sky Bird series Captain Oswald Boelcke (originally Bölcke), May 19, 1891, Giebichenstein; near Halle (Saale), Germany – October 28, 1916, near Douai, France. Oswald Boelcke was … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #80–”Short” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Short” Biplane. Card #80 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Horace Leonard Short on July 2, 1872 in Chilton Colliery, Durham, England, Great Britain – April 6, 1917 … Continue reading

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Louis Freeman – A Whole Lot Of Firsts

Louis Lawrence Freeman: born June 12, 1952 in Austin, Texas, United States of America. What could be so special about a man who was born nearly 50 years after the Wright Brothers first flew, here in this Pioneers of Aviation … Continue reading

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Julia Clark – The Daring Bird Girl

Julia Clark: December 21, 1880 in London, England, Great Britain – June 17, 1912 in Springfield, Illinois, United States of America. The one true thing I can state about Julia Clark, is that she was a pioneer pilot. The second … Continue reading

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Mohan Singh – The Flying Hindu

I have been called the “whitest Brown guy” by many a person – recently even… which I am meant to take as a compliment. Yes, even I… a Brown guy …. do love hockey and baseball, and know more about … Continue reading

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Bessie Coleman – First Black Female Licensed Pilot

Bessie Coleman, January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, United States of America – April 30, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America. In honor of Black History Month in the U.S., let’s take a look at Bessie Coleman, the … Continue reading

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Weather A Strong Factor Behind Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Like most kids of my generation, I loved watching rocket ships blast off into space. As a young kid, I sat in mute rapture watching on July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11’s Eagle landed on the Moon and Neil Armstrong … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #79–”Ponche & Primard” Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: “Ponche & Primard” Monoplane. Card #79 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal – Black-back issue Marie Joseph Louis Charles Ponche, born in Amiens, France, May 23, in 1884 – February 10, 1916, Dugny, France; Maurice … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is In The Space Race

That’s one effin’ big disco ball, mate. Or, for you nerds, and I suppose I was/am one… it’s the world’s coolest looking 65-sided D&D die. Back on January 21, 2018, New Zealand officially joined the space race (which isn’t as … Continue reading

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