Category Archives: Research

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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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 #49 – “Rickman” Helicopter.

History Behind The Card: “Rickman” Helicopter. Card #49 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Rickman, – called Mr. Rickman… no data re: first name, date of birth or date of death. BUT… wait till you get to the … Continue reading

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It Sucked To Be An Early Innovative Aviation Inventor

By the time the general populous heard of the Wright Brother’s and their fabulous new aeroplane, they had actually had five successful years to improve upon their original flight, and put in numerous years previous working out aerodynamics, power-to-weight ratios, … 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 #39 – The “Antoinette” Monoplane, 1909

History Behind The Card: The “Antoinette” Monoplane, 1909 Card #39 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910  Léon Levavasseur, January 8, 1863 in Le Mesnil-au-Val, Cherbourg, France – February 26, 1922, Pureaux, France This blog is kind of a … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #37 – “Voisin” Type Biplane

History Behind The Card: “Voisin” Type Biplane Card #37 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Gabriel Voisin, February 5, 1880 in Belleville-sur-Saône, France – December 25, 1973, Ozenay, Saône-et-Loire, France; Charles Voisin, July 12, 1882 in Lyon, France – … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #32 – Chanute 1895

History Behind The Card: Chanute , 1895 Name: Octave Alexandre Chanute, February 18, 1832 in Paris, France – November 23, 1910, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Although Octave Chanute was born in France, he and his family moved to … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #31 – The “Ader” Flying Machine

History Behind The Card: The “Ader” Flying Machine Card #31 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Clément Ader, 1841 – May 3, 1925, Muret, France Clément Ader claims to have built and flown the first ever aeroplane to … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #30 – Maxim, 1890

History Behind The Card: Maxim, 1890 Name: Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, 1840 – 1916, Sangerville, Maine, United States of America Sir Hiram Maxim is perhaps better known for his invention the Maxim Gun – the first portable, fully automatic machine … Continue reading

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