Category Archives: Pilots

Wills’s Aviation Card #55 – Paulhan’s New Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: Paulhan’s New Aeroplane. Card #55 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Louis Paulhan aka Isidore Auguste Marie Louis Paulhan, July 19, 1883 in Pézenas, Hérault, France – February 10, 1963 … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #54 – “Piquerez” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Piquerez” Biplane. Card #54 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut black reverse Paul Jules Jean-Jacques Koechlin, in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), France, May 7, 1881 – August 17, 1916,  Étinehem, France. Alfred Ritter … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #51 – “Bristol” Military Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Bristol” Military Biplane. Card #51 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture issue Sir George White, 1st Baronet, March 28, 1854 in Kingsdown, Bristol, Great Britain – November 22, 1916 in Stoke … 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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Wills’s Aviation Card #50 – The First Lady Aviator.

History Behind The Card: The First Lady Aviator. Card #50 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Elise Raymonde Deroche, aka Raymonde de Laroche,  August 22, 1882, in Paris, France – July 18, 1919 in Le Crotoy, France. What can … Continue reading

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SolarStratos solar plane unveiled

Payerne, Switzerland—On December 7, 2016, Raphael Domjan’s stratospheric solar plane was unveiled in Payerne, Switzerland, to 300 guests, including ambassadors, partners, government representatives and the world’s media. SolarStratos is the first commercial two-seater solar plane in history and plans to … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #46 – “Herring-Curtiss”.

History Behind The Card: “Herring-Curtiss” Biplane. Card #46 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, in Hammondsport, New York, United States of America, May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930, Buffalo, New York, United States of … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #44 – “Cody” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Cody” Biplane. Card #44 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Samuel Cody, nee Samuel Franklin Cowdery, March 6, 1867 in Davenport, Iowa, United States of America – August 7, 1913, Farnborough, Great Britain (now … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #43 – “Silver Dart” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Silver Dart” Biplane. And then some. Card #43 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain, March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922, Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #41 – “Farman” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Farman” Biplane. Card #41 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Henri Farman, May 26, 1874 in Paris, France – July 17, 1958, Paris, France. Though not stated, the image on this tobacco card is … Continue reading

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