Category Archives: Lighter-Than-Air

GoFly Contest To Create A Working Personal Flying Device

In my much younger days scientists promised us jetpacks. I want my jetpack! I want to fly! Sadly, jetpacks and rocket suits a la Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Adam Strange, The Rocketeer, IronMan and other comic book characters remain a … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #73 – “Willows II.” Dirigible.

History Behind The Card: “Willows II.” Dirigible. Card #73 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue E.T. (Ernest Thompson) Willows, born in Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain on July 11, 1886 – August 23, … Continue reading

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Leona Dare In The Air Up There

There are a lot of “maybe’s” and “postulating” within this particular article. I was glancing through the August 2017 magazine edition of Smithsonian, spying the cover story on “The New American Circus” but was more caught up in the “poster … Continue reading

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Historical Look At Japan’s First Dirigibles

I was finally catching up on my reading the other day, when an article from the New Zealand newspaper, Clutha Leader dated September 26, 1911 – page 2, I discovered some information on Japan’s attempt to build the world’s then-largest … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #59 – “Vanniman” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Vanniman” Triplane. Card #59 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Chester Melvin Vaniman aka Vanniman, December 30, 1866 in Virden, Illinois, United States of America – July 2, 1912 in … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #57 – “Givaudin II.” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Givaudin II.” Triplane. Card #57 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Claude Givaudan, September 16, 1872 in Caluire-et-Cuire, a suburb of Lyon, France – October 30, 1945 in France. It’s … Continue reading

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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910 – 50 Cards

Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910 – 50 Cards 1910 Wills’s Aviation 50-Card Series Card # Title of Card 1. “Flying Ship” of Francesco de Lana. 2. Montgolfier, 1783. 3. First Balloon Flight in England, 1784. 4. First Successful Crossing the … Continue reading

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Various Balloon Fantasies

I don’t know Daniel Berek, but he has compiled a grouping of images depicting fantasy aircraft before the Wright Brothers… of men and women who thought of things just a bit differently. Such as the Batson Aero Yacht… a flying … Continue reading

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It Sucked To Be An Early Innovative Aviation Inventor

By the time the general populous heard of the Wright Brother’s and their fabulous new aeroplane, they had actually had five successful years to improve upon their original flight, and put in numerous years previous working out aerodynamics, power-to-weight ratios, … Continue reading

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Ever Wanted To Pilot The Hindenburg?

Have you ever wanted to step behind the over-sized wheel of a zeppelin and take it up into the clouds knowing that a simple spark could turn your day into a news item that will liven infamy? I was talking … Continue reading

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