Category Archives: Lighter-Than-Air

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 “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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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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Pioneers Of Aviation Photography

Have you ever heard of Jimmy Black? Okay… his true name is James Wallace Black, and he probably went by the name James Black. Born in Francetown, New Hampshire on February 10, 1825, he was a pioneer of aviation thanks … Continue reading

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1910 Nice, France Aviation Poster

A really nice early aviation poster of the 1910 Nice, France aviation meet. The poster was designed by Charles-Léonce Brossé (born 1871 – died 19??), who was also known as Bsor or Bzor. He was a French painter; engraver and … 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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