Tag Archives: the First World War

The Éole

Today, 121 years ago, Frenchman Clement Ader’s steam-powered airplane flew for the first time. Yes, you are correct in your math if you said that was 13 years before the Wrights flew. And yes, it was a steam-powered airplane. Ader … Continue reading

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It’s Another Year

Well, until today, I was older than my best friend, Paul.  Today, he is as old as I am.  Unfortunately, we both went over the hill a long time ago.  In other words, we are a couple of old fa…  … Continue reading

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The Barnstormers

After the First World War, aviators returned to America in search of their fortunes in aviation.  For a mere $400 or $500 each, they were able to acquire training aircraft from the government, the most common of which was the … Continue reading

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