Category Archives: Zeppelins & Dirigibles

Historical Look At Japan’s First Dirigibles

I was finally catching up on my reading the other day, when an article from the New Zealand newspaper, Clutha Leader dated September 26, 1911 – page 2, I discovered some information on Japan’s attempt to build the world’s then-largest … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #59 – “Vanniman” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Vanniman” Triplane. Card #59 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Chester Melvin Vaniman aka Vanniman, December 30, 1866 in Virden, Illinois, United States of America – July 2, 1912 in … 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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Various Balloon Fantasies

I don’t know Daniel Berek, but he has compiled a grouping of images depicting fantasy aircraft before the Wright Brothers… of men and women who thought of things just a bit differently. Such as the Batson Aero Yacht… a flying … 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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Ever Wanted To Pilot The Hindenburg?

Have you ever wanted to step behind the over-sized wheel of a zeppelin and take it up into the clouds knowing that a simple spark could turn your day into a news item that will liven infamy? I was talking … Continue reading

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1909 Reims – World’s First Airplane Meet – Part 2

Okay, it might have been written six months ago, but we’ve looked at the who, what and where of the world’s first international aeroplane contest – the Grande Semaine d’Aviation de 14 (Great Aviation Week of 1914) airplane meet in France … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #24 – French Dirigible “Capazza”

History Behind The Card: French Dirigible ‘Capazza’ Card #24 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Name: Louis Henri Capazza January 17, 1862-December 28 1928, born in Bastia, Corsica, France Call it a flight of fancy. Despite Wills’s tobacco … Continue reading

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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Commemorates Remembrance Day

If you are in the area – and even if you are not – go and visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014. For those of you who are unaware, November … Continue reading

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1909 Reims – World’s First Airplane Meet – Part 1

The above poster advertises the very first international aviation meet, held August 22-29, 1090 at Reims, France, and event called the Grande Semaine d’Aviation de 14 (Great Aviation Week of 1914). The poster also mentions 200,000 French Francs of prizes! … Continue reading

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