Category Archives: Motors and Engines

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 1911, 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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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911 – 75-Card Series

The Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911  – 75-Card Series features 79 different cards, owing to different brands/backs opting for different aircraft/people to be featured on four cards: Cards No. 63. (2x); No. 69 (2x); No. 73 (2x); and No. … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #75 – Mr. Tom Sopwith.

History Behind The Card: Mr. Tom Sopwith. Card #75 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith on January 18, 1888 in Kensington, London, England, Great Britain – January … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #74 – Army Dirigible “Beta.”

History Behind The Card: Army Dirigible “Beta.” Card #74 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Major-General Sir John Edward Capper born December 7, 1861 in Lucknow, British India (now just India) – … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #74 – M. Jules Vedrines

History Behind The Card: M. Jules Vedrines Card #74 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Green-back issue Jules Charles Toussaint Védrines on December 21, 1881, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France – April 21, 1919, Saint-Rambert-d’Albon, France; … Continue reading

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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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Wills’s Aviation Card #72 – M. Hubert Latham

History Behind The Card: M. Hubert Latham. Card #72 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Arthur Charles Hubert Latham, born in Paris, France on January 10, 1883 – June 25, 1912 near … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #70 – Mr. J. Armstrong Drexel

History Behind The Card: Mr. J. Armstrong Drexel. Card #70 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue John Armstrong Drexel, born October 24, 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America – died … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #69 – The Morane-Borel Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: The Morane-Borel Monoplane. Card #69 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Green-back issue Léon Morane on April 11, 1885 in Paris, France – October 19, 1918 in Paris, France; Robert … Continue reading

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