If you still can’t believe World War One pilots were never issued with parachutes, this glimpse into Edwardian attitudes may help… Last post, I shared Flight magazine’s account of the first fully documented spin recovery (‘Parke’s Dive’), from August 31st, 1913. But before we move on, here’s an editorial that appeared just two weeks later, on September 13th, 1913. Even though Parke was restrained … Continue reading Safety, Edwardian-style
Inspired by master spinner Rich Stowell’s salute to Harry Hawker 100 Years of Intentional Spins (do make sure you watch it) I looked up that original account of the first described spin recovery by Wilfred Parke. What follows is Flight magazine’s original account of the event, with a PDF of the full, original article down below. From Flight, August 31st, 1912 Salisbury Plain, Sunday, August 25th Here is the true … Continue reading In a spin
The New York World has paid $10,000.00 for Mr. Curtiss’ ticket from Albany to New York – when it might have brought him down by train for just $4.65. The Birmingham News June 1st, 1910 Quite an undertaking To fly from Albany to New York City was quite an undertaking in the summer of 1910. I realised that success would depend upon a dependable motor … Continue reading Hudson Flyer
If you ever want to convince someone that flying is magical, just remind them that scientists still can’t explain exactly how a wing produces lift. Theories abound. For a long time it was all thanks to Daniel Bernoulli and the idea that an airfoil accelerates the airflow, which means it must lose pressure perpendicular to the wings, thereby sucking you, your airplane and your credit cards … Continue reading Need a lift?
I’ll try to keep the Beauty Shots short and sweet, so if you’d like to read a little more about these vapour cones, you’ll find the info here. Click for the bigger picture, obviously… And if you’d like a big, clean copy of this shot for yourself, you can get it here. But don’t be fooled… As an interesting aside, there’s a YouTube video that keeps popping up … Continue reading Rapture
An insightful, if somewhat raw, quote from Eastern Airlines’ boss Eddie Rickenbacker. Clearly a design connoisseur, the irascible WW1 ace made the comment in 1958, on being shown proposed seat covers for Eastern Airlines’ new Lockheed Electra fleet. And here’s another view of VH-VXB with a bit more info (click to view full sized)… Continue reading Seat Cover