Hello Folks, Yep, it’s been another seven. Thanksgiving, “Black Friday” and Cyber Monday are all behind us. Now it’s time to gear up for the greatest one of all. Ho-Ho-Ho! “Don’t just give a gift, Grant a wish” (Sears), Save Money, Live Better (Wal-Mart), Happy HoliDUH! (Hundai), Happy Honda Days (Honda). My take? BAH Humbug! When my son was small and our famililies was still pretty much intact, it was fun. A nice time of year. Now, the kid is married (no grandchildren) and the families have either passed on or moved on, not so great. Oh well, time does march on. Since I’ve been retired, I don’t even get any “days off” to look forward to anymore and when I take a coffee break it’s on my own time. Of course, I’m not a slave to the clock anymore, but I can’t break the habit of wearing a watch. Oh well. Let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
30 November 1905
The launch of Zeppelin LZ2 from it’s Lake Constance base resulted in significant damage before it could fly.
30 November 1907
Glenn Curtiss formed the first airplane company in the United States.
In India, the British Army was impressed by a demonstration of three biplanes by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company.
26 November 1911
Charles Weymann piloted the Nieuport monoplane to win the military aviation trials at Reims, France.
27 November 1912
The United States Army Signal Corps received its first flying boat, a Curtiss F two-seat biplane.
Hello Folks, yet another week has moved into history. The year is winding down and the Holiday season is winding up. This week will see Thanksgiving and “Black Friday,” the traditional start of the Christmas retail season. Stores will open when it’s still “oh-dark thirty” and will be staying open into all hours of the night. Santa has already arrived (by helicopter) in one of our local malls. Better make a list and check it twice because there will be expenses not normally thought of, like the cost of the gasoline to get you to all those stores. To get us in the mood, last weekend, one of our local stations started their Holiday “gift” of music. 38 days of “Holiday” (Christmas) music played 24/7. It’s gonna be interesting, methinks. When I first started this post I had a heck of a time trying to remember the days to look for. Not so anymore. I seem to have settled into it pretty well. I’d like to give thanks for all you Folks who take the time to read my ramblings and this history. I hope your Thanksgivings are enjoyable and your travels are easy and safe. Now, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
23 November 1910
Octave Chanute died aged 78, having played an important role in the advancement of aviation.
20 November 1916
The Uruguayan Escula Militar de Aeoronautica was formed.
20 November 1917
The opening of the Battle of Cambrai. During the battle, German Schutzstaffein (escort squadrons) were reconstituted as Schlachstaffein (battle squadrons) to attack Allied positions.
25 November 1918
The Italian airline, Posta Aerea Transadriatica, began regular mail flights from Venice.
24 November 1919
Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe, the great French promoter and sponsor of early aviation efforts , died aged 73 in Ecquivilly.
25 November 1920
Captain Corliss C. Moseley of the United States Army Air Service won the first Pulitzer Trophy Race, flying a Verville-Packard 600. The race took place at Mitchell Field, Long island, New York.
Hello Folks, boy these weeks get shorter and shorter don’t they? I honestly don’t know where they go. Our weather here in Rochester has been holding at reasonably mild temperatures for the time of year. We’ve had a few small flurries that didn’t, of course, stick. Just the shape of things to come. I had a rather bad day today starting off with accidentally deleting my first post on the HAG Message Board just about upon completion and ending with the DVD I received from The Air Force Association. You see, it was about the B-2 Stealth Bomber and I was kinda excited because I’m planning on building a model of the B-2 and I consider things like this research. Well, I popped it in my ‘puter and settled back to watch. It started out normally, but when it reached the main feature, there was NO SOUND! I tried the different DVD players I have on my ‘puter and no joy. I have a 45 minute silent movie on the B-2, its history and some interesting looking stuff. While I can recognize a lot of the aircraft shown and enjoy seeing the B-2 in flight and on the ground, I would have liked to have heard what was being said. I’ll probably watch it again when I’m in the mood to do my own running commentary. Oh well, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
12 November 1903
The Lebaudy brothers flew their airship between Moison and Champ-de-Mars, a distance of 37 miles.
12 November 1906
Alberto Santos-Dumont made the first officially recognized, sustained flight by a powered airplane in Europe. His airplane travelled a distance of 722 feet at a height of 6 meters. This was the first internationally ratified world distance airplane record.
13 November 1907
The first brief vertical take-off and free flight of a “heavier than air” machine was recorded by Frenchman Paul Cornu’s helicopter.
14 November 1910
Exhibition pilot Eugene Ely made the first take-off from a ship, using a temporary flight deck on the cruiser USS Birmingham. The ship was at anchor in Chesapeake Bay. The pilot flew his Curtiss Hudson Flier biplane 2-1/2 miles to Willoughby Spit near Norfolk in Virginia to land.