Category Archives: Firsts

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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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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