Category Archives: Gliders

Wills’s Aviation Card #60 – “Dunne V.” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Dunne V.” Biplane. Card #60 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – black back issue Captain John William Dunne, XXXX, XX, 1875 in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Leinster, Republic of Ireland … 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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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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Wills’s Aviation Card #38 – “Bleriot XI” Monoplane

History Behind The Card: “Bleriot XI” Monoplane Card #38 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, July 1, 1872 in Cambrai, France – August 1, 1936, Paris, France. Louis Charles Joseph Blériot was a success at pretty … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #37 – “Voisin” Type Biplane

History Behind The Card: “Voisin” Type Biplane Card #37 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Gabriel Voisin, February 5, 1880 in Belleville-sur-Saône, France – December 25, 1973, Ozenay, Saône-et-Loire, France; Charles Voisin, July 12, 1882 in Lyon, France – … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #32 – Chanute 1895

History Behind The Card: Chanute , 1895 Name: Octave Alexandre Chanute, February 18, 1832 in Paris, France – November 23, 1910, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Although Octave Chanute was born in France, he and his family moved to … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #29 – Lilienthal Gliding Machine

History Behind The Card: Lilienthal Gliding Machine Name: Otto Lilienthal, 1848 – 1896, Anklam, Prussia (now part of Germany) Name: Gustav Lilienthal, 1849 – 1933, Anklam, Prussia Despite the two names mentioned above, this is about the palindromic Otto. Otto … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #27 – Besnier

History Behind The Card: Besnier Card #27 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Jacob Besnier, 16XX? – 16XX?, Sable, France This one may be a myth, or it may be real… but it is a story about gliding, … Continue reading

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The Saqqara Bird

Here’s something that is more myth-conception (said with a lisp) than based on any real fact—the Ancient Egyptian plane. What is the proof that such a thing could exist? Apparently someone back in 1898 found a sycamore wood, bird-shaped artifact … Continue reading

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Early Book On Flying By Wilbur Wright

Even before the Wright Brothers flew for the first time on December 17, 1903, they had cobbled together quite the arsenal of information from gliding… data that they would incorporate into creating the world’s first airplane capable of sustained flight … Continue reading

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