Category Archives: Motors and Engines

Wills’s Aviation Card #84 – “Avro” Aerial Taxicab.

History Behind The Card: “Avro” Aerial Taxicab. Card #84 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912 – Black-back issue Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe OBE, Hon. FRAeS, FIAS, April 26, 1877 in Patricroft, Eccles, England, Great Britain – January … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #82 – French Military Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: French Military Aeroplane. Card #82 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Pierre Jean Pascal Morel, February 8, 1886, Nogent, France — August 27, 1914, in Reims, France. I … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #81–Farman Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: Farman Hydro Aeroplane. Card #81 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912, Vice Regal Mixture – 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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Capt. Oswald Boelcke

History Behind The Card: Capt. Oswald Boelcke Card #46, 1934 series, National Chicle Co., Sky Bird series Captain Oswald Boelcke (originally Bölcke), May 19, 1891, Giebichenstein; near Halle (Saale), Germany – October 28, 1916, near Douai, France. Oswald Boelcke was … 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 1912, 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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New Zealand Is In The Space Race

That’s one effin’ big disco ball, mate. Or, for you nerds, and I suppose I was/am one… it’s the world’s coolest looking 65-sided D&D die. Back on January 21, 2018, New Zealand officially joined the space race (which isn’t as … 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 1912, 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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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 1912, 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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Wills’s Aviation Card #76 – Italian War Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: Italian War Monoplane. Card #76 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1912, Vice Regal  – Black-back issue Captain Carlo Maria Piazza on March 17, 1881 in Busto Arsizio, Italy – June 24, 1917, Milan, Italy. This Wills’s Aviation … Continue reading

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