Six miles up: Pioneering pilots risked life and limb to reach new heights

Posted on January 31st, 2010 by

Suppose you are cruising along in an airliner at 34,000 feet, nestled comfortably in your seat in a heated, pressurized environment. Now image turning to look out of your window and, to your amazement, you catch a glimpse of a... Continue Reading →

How do I control this thing?

Posted on January 20th, 2010 by

“Wright’s new control” was the heading of a 1914 report in the “New York Times.” It stated that Orville Wright had introduced a new system that would make it “easier and safer to fly.” In the new controls the usual... Continue Reading →

Neither rain nor sleet could stop Air Mail fleet

Posted on January 7th, 2010 by

A 1961 British book on the development of air transportation includes a chart on early scheduled air services, which includes the operations of the U.S. Air Mail Service from 1918 till 1927. It may seem unusual to see the Air... Continue Reading →

International Aerial Derby 1919

Posted on December 16th, 2009 by

Great aerial adventures followed in the wake of World War I as aviation tried to find its post-war role. It was a period of conquest of the oceans and continents — the NC-4 across the Atlantic via the Azores; Alcock... Continue Reading →

Edward Bellande: Pioneering pilot

Posted on November 24th, 2009 by

“Air speed record to Los Angeles broken” was a headline in the Oakland (California) Tribune on Jan. 28, 1932. The story reported that a new coastal speed record for tri-motored planes was made on the Oakland-Los Angeles airway when a... Continue Reading →

Jenny’s siblings

Posted on November 2nd, 2009 by

The Curtiss Jenny, particularly the JN-4, is one of America’s most famous airplanes. Jenny was ubiquitous — everybody had a Jenny, along with bailing wire, a five-gallon gas can and the grease gun needed to keep her going. The Jenny,... Continue Reading →

A nationwide chain of airports

Posted on October 8th, 2009 by

Flight & Flyers By DENNIS PARKS During the two years following Lindbergh’s success across the Atlantic, the United States saw the swift transition of aviation from an experimental posture to a recognized part of the world of transportation and commerce.... Continue Reading →

Flight & Flyers: Luckey flyer

Posted on September 15th, 2009 by

William Luckey, a test pilot and exhibition aviator for the Curtiss Company, came to aviation late in life. Best known as the winner of The New York Times race around Manhattan Island on Oct. 13, 1913, Luckey was nearing 50... Continue Reading →

What’s in a name?

Posted on September 10th, 2009 by

In the beginning was the word, and the world was Flyer — Wright Flyer, that is. When one creates a new product and starts to sell it, the product needs a name. Before the Wrights began to build airplanes, they... Continue Reading →

American aircraft in the Spanish Civil War

Posted on September 3rd, 2009 by

The Spanish Civil War, which began in July 1936, was the most significant of the conflicts that foreshadowed World War II. The war forced the world to take sides. Russia contributed military assistance to the cause of the newly elected... Continue Reading →