Category Archives: Myth

Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1912 – 85-Card Series

The Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1912 – 85-Card Series, is like the 75-card series that features 79 different cards, only this actually has 89 cards – four extra depictions due to variances between the two tobacco brands publishing this … Continue reading

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Africa’s Flying And Invisible Warrior – The Story Of Kibaga

In a western society, one often gets caught up in all things Europe or North America, and tends to ignore the rest of the world. Mea culpa. I have on occasion written about and published stories about Japan – because … 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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Avro Arrow Blueprints

Here’s something I bet you don’t see every day. For fans of Canada’s airplane the AVRO Arrow, here are some photos I took of a copy of blueprints I have. If you aren’t sure what it is… it’s the Canadian … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #27 – Besnier

History Behind The Card: Besnier Card #27 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Jacob Besnier, 16XX? – 16XX?, Sable, France This one may be a myth, or it may be real… but it is a story about gliding, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #26 – An Early Idea Of Aviation

History Behind The Card: An Early Idea Of Aviation Card #26 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 King Kai Kawus , ~1500 BC, Persia (modern-day Iran) If this topic seems familiar to you  – that you have read … Continue reading

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Wayland The Smith And The Feathered Shirt

Before we go any farther, let me be upfront here and state that the following tale is indeed a story… not a real-life historical incident… a story. It’s a well-known German story –  one about a man named Wayland the … Continue reading

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The Saqqara Bird

Here’s something that is more myth-conception (said with a lisp) than based on any real fact—the Ancient Egyptian plane. What is the proof that such a thing could exist? Apparently someone back in 1898 found a sycamore wood, bird-shaped artifact … Continue reading

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Chinese Emperor Shun in 2200 BC

Let’s take a look at another legend and aviation… let’s go to China. Way back in 2200 BC (?!) the story goes that the legendary leader of ancient China, Shun  (or Di Shun) did some flying by flying out of … Continue reading

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King Kai Kawus

Stuck in western civilization for most of my life, except for a brief three-year tour in Japan as an English teacher, it’s amazing how little one learns about the Far East and even the Middle East, except for whatever damned … Continue reading

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