Category Archives: People

Mohan Singh – The Flying Hindu

I have been called the “whitest Brown guy” by many a person – recently even… which I am meant to take as a compliment. Yes, even I… a Brown guy …. do love hockey and baseball, and know more about … Continue reading

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Bessie Coleman – First Black Female Licensed Pilot

Bessie Coleman, January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, United States of America – April 30, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America. In honor of Black History Month in the U.S., let’s take a look at Bessie Coleman, the … 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 1911, 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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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 1911, 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 1911, 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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The Andrée Balloon Expedition To The North Pole

History Behind The Card: Andrée’s Balloon Card #nn of 30, American Tobacco Company (Hassan brand), Arctic Scenes set from 1910. Salomon August Andrée, born October 18, 1854 in Gränna, Småland, Sweden – dying, it is assumed in October, 1897 on Kvitøya, … 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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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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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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