Hello Folks, well, here we are again. Hope your Holloween went well. Here in Rochester we have some local elections coming up soon. Have you noticed that when the ads first come out on TV they’re kinda nice and benign. Vote for So and So, the right person for the job. Almost nice to watch, however, the closer it gets to election day they become more and more intense, and by election day that person that was the right person is now someone evil who will take your votes and destroy the office he/she is running for. Ah well, at least we do have the choice of voting. This is something we take for granted. I have actually become so disgusted by the tricks and traps that have gone on that I almost didn’t vote. Almost. I do however cherish my freedom of choice and all the other freedoms our troops have fought to preserve for so long. Rather than launch into a long discourse of things we’ve all heard before, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
The first flight of the Etrich Taube monoplane. This bird-like Austrian-designed aircraft was produced in a number of versions and many became early military aircraft in Austria and Germany.
1 November 1911
2nd Lieutenant Giulio Gavotti of the Italian Air Flotilla became the first aviator to drop bombs from an airplane in war when he dropped Cipelli grenades on Turkish forces at Taguira Oasis and Ain Zara.
The world’s first aerial combat took place in Mexico when 2 American mercenary pilots, Dean Ivan Lamb, flying for Pancho Villa, and Philip Rader, flying for President Huerta, exchanged pistol shots in mid-air. Neither was hit.
Lincoln Beachey demonstrated loop and upside-down flying in a Curtiss biplane at Los Angeles.
4 November 1913
French engineer Constantin patented a vented wing. The blade placed before the leading edge of the wing improved airflow.
31 October 1914
Russia declared war on Turkey.
November 1916-February 1918
The German cruiser “Wolf” carried a Fredrichshafen 33e floatplane named “Wolfschen” (Wolf Cub) on operations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Roush Performanace debuted their newest incarnation of the Ford Mustang. Based on the stage 3 Mustang this vehicle should dominate the roads in the same manner its namesake dominated the skies.
PRESS RELEASE: 510 HORSEPOWER ROUSH P-51A MUSTANG SET TO SAVE THE STREETS FROM THE FOREIGN INVASION
Oct. 30, 2007
LAS VEGAS – During World War II, the P-51 Mustang was hailed as a savior of aviation and certainly played a major part in ending the conflict. This long range fighter escorted Allied bombers over Europe and Hermann Goering, the head of Germany’s Luftwaffe, summarized the plane’s role by stating, “The day I saw P-51 Mustangs flying over Berlin, I knew the jig was up.”
Today, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the jig is up for the rest of the Ford Mustang tuners as ROUSH Performance unveiled the P-51A Mustang automobile which, at 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, is sure to be held in as high a regard as the airplane has been in the history books and will help to save the streets from the invasion of the foreign brands.
“I’ve often said that there was never a Mustang built that I didn’t like and that includes both the car and the airplane,” said Jack Roush, an aviation enthusiast who currently owns two P-51 Mustang warbirds. “This is the type of product that ROUSH has wanted to produce for at least 10 years but the right platform, the right technology, and the right timing never intersected until now.”
Hello Folks, Wait a minute, what are you doing here? No, that can’t be right, I’m here, so you have to be there, right? Bottom Line: everybody has to be somewhere and we’re all together, so we must all be here then, or are we all there? Suddenly, I’m not all there. I’m giving myself a headache. So how was your week? Fast, slow, the usual seven, more or less? The weather has been even more confusing lately. The weatherman has said we were having August weather, and then September weather, and the last time I looked at my calendar, it was the end of October. Oh, ready for Halloween? If you look behind the plastic Christmas trees and decorations and wreaths and all that other nonsense, you should be able to find some candy and costumes. At least those trees will give the Turkeys somewhere to hide. Boy, I gotta tell ya that Warbirds Online sure has some neat stuff on it as of late. I personally like the Picture Of The Day. Great stuff, and the Boom & Zoom is a hoot. Ok, enough suckin’ up. Let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
23 October 1906
Alberto Santos-Dumont won the 3,000 franc Archdeacon prize, flying his 14-bis biplane for nearly 197 feet.
26 October 1907
Henry Farman set the official distance record of 2,530 feet in a Voisin-Farman I.
22 October 1909
Mademoiselle Elise Deroche, better known under her self awarded title ‘la Barrone de Laroche’, made her first solo flight. She learned to fly at Chalons in a Voisin biplane.
26 October 1909
2nd Lieutenant Fredric E. Humphreys of the US Army became the first pilot officer to fly solo, at College Park in Maryland, with a flight lasting 3 minutes in a Wright biplane.
27 October 1909
Mrs. Ralph H. van Deman became the first American woman passenger in an airplane when she was taken aloft by Wilbur Wright.