Category Archives: Heavier-Than-Air

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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Wills’s Aviation Card #78–”Short” Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: “Short” Hydro-Aeroplane. Card #78 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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1930s French Trading Cards

What we have here are aviation cards offered by Chocolat Pupier Jolies in 1930 and 1937. The plain cards denoting: Avion (flying), Un Monoplane (A monoplane), and Un Hydravion (a sea plane) are from 1930, and are part of a … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #77 – “Curtiss” Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: “Curtiss” Hydro-Aeroplane. Card #77 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal – Black-back issue Glenn Hammond Curtiss, in Hammondsport, New York, United States of America, May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930, Buffalo, New York, United … Continue reading

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1911 Philadelphia Caramel Company 15-Card Aviation Set

Having had my head stuck researching cards in the Wills’s Aviation card series’, I have been blind to many other period card sets involving aviation. This time, let’s take a look at the 1911 set of 15 Airships cards from … Continue reading

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114th Anniversary Of The Wright Brother’s Inaugural Flight

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Flyer biplane aeroplane made the first powered, sustained, controlled, heavier-than-air flights at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, U.S of A. After weeks of delays caused by broken propeller shafts at Kill Devil Hills–two trips … Continue reading

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