Hello again Folks. Another week down the tubes. That’s okay ’cause that brings Spring just that much closer. The Winter hasn’t been that bad for me here in Rochester, New York so far, although there is a storm going on right now that’s being called for as double-digit accumulations. Still, I’m ready for no snow and decent weather. Yeah, I guess I’m another one who is never satisfied with the weather, no matter how good or bad it is. I know a lot of Folks have had it a lot worse than we did, but we still managed a 36-car pileup during a whiteout. It happened in a large open area near the airport. They’re now trying to figure out if something can be done about it to prevent another one from happening. I figure even if they can prevent the whiteouts, it’s not gonna change the way people drive in poor conditions. They even have a term for it now. “Aggressive Driving.” Isn’t there anything that doesn’t have a term for it these days? BAH! Before I say something I know I’ll regret (again) let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
Take Care and Be Safe, Tom K.
Captain Chambers of the United States Bureau of Navigation was ordered to assist in the formation of a USN aviation branch.
The German Aviation Experimental Establishment (DVL) was established at Berlin-Aldershof.
The first seaplane competition was held at Monaco.
Structural Failures led the French government to ground Bleriot monoplanes. Louis Bleriot investigated and the ban was lifted after two weeks.
The Liore & Oliver aircraft company was founded by French engineers Fernand Liore and Henri Oliver.
Hello Folks, well yet another week has gone by and I’m back again. The 2008 Geneseo “GREATEST SHOW ON TURF” Airshow was in the news today. There was a press conference held at the Greater Rochester International Airport where it was publicized that the theme is Flying Tigers Reunion and the hope is to have a large gathering of P-40 aircraft, which were built in Buffalo, New York. An appeal was made for sponsorships to help with the costs of having these aircraft at the gathering. Please Folks, if you would like to sponsor an aircraft or know of someone who would like to, contact Frank Schaufler at (585) 392-4859 for the details. This does involve a substantial bit of cash, so make sure you’re serious before calling. Okay, the commercials over. Let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
Take Care and Be Safe,
18 February 1911
Under the auspices of the British Army, Mr. Henri Pecquet in a Humer-Sommer biplane made the first official airmail flight at the United Provinces Exhibition in Allahabad, India. He flew 6,000 letters and cards from Allahabad to Naini Junction where they were transferred to rail.
22 February 1911
Henri Pecquet and Captain W.G. Windham began a regular air mail service between Allahabad and Nani Junction in India, to coincide with the Universal Postal Exhibition in Allahabad.
20 February 1915
Alan Loughhead was given permission to start an air service during the Panama-Pacific Exhibition at San Francisco, flying 600 passengers across the bay in 50 days.
19 February 1916
Austrian physicist Ernst Mach, remembered for his research into aerodynamics and the speed of sound, died aged 77.
21 February 1916
Zeppelin LZ47 was attacked and destroyed during a raid.
Hello Folks, well, another week has faded into history. Ya know, each week that hides behind us gets us one week closer to this year’s 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum’s Geneseo GREATEST SHOW ON TURF Airshow. This year’s theme is Flying Tigers Reunion and showcases the P-40. A locally produced aircraft. If you find the time, be sure to check out the 1941 HAG website at www.1941hag.org go to the Geneseo Air Show subheading and check out the info there. Also stop by the Memories USO Show subheading for info on that. This Memories show will be held the evening of July 12th after the Airshow. It is a separate admission, but is a great way to spend the evening. The Airshow and USO Memories show are normally held as two separate events, but this year it was decided to combine them. I think it’s a great idea and plan to attend both. Oh, you might want to also check out the Message Board subheading, you might find something there you like (and me). Now, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
Take Care and Be Safe, Tom K.
16 February 1912
Frank Coffyn filmed New York from the air using a cinema camera while controlling his aircraft with his knees and feet.
17 February 1912
French military aircraft made their first flights in Algeria.
11 February 1913
The Chilean air service, Escuela de Aeronatica Militar, was formed.
12 February 1914
A Russian Ilya Mourometz aircraft carried sixteen passengers and a dog to a height of 6,560 feet and set a world load-to-altitude record.
Since the odds are not good for any of use to see a Mossie fly anytime soon, I figured I’d include this CGI animation clip I found on YouTube. It’s some pretty nice animation and hopefully it will tie us over until we can see one of these wooden wonders take to the skies again.
Hello Folks, Gee, has it been a week already? You bet your sweet aspercream. Not much has happened on my end. My better-half got the annual printout of my meds. Unfortunately, things like that show me how high maintenance I really am. I don’t have the best health insurance in the world, but without it I would really be up the creek without a paddle. I can see where some Folks, unfortunately, have to choose between living (gas, rent, food, etc.) and their meds. It is sad. My sad part is that most of my meds are the generic equivalent, and they’re still expensive. Oh well, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
10 February 1908
The United States Army signed a contract with the Wright brothers for the construction of a Wright Model A biplane.
5 February 1919
German airline Deutsche Luft-Reederei began the first sustained daily passenger airline service, flying modified ex-military AEG and DFW biplanes between Berlin and Weimar in Germany.
8 February 1919
The first airline passengers to be carried from Paris to London were flown by a Farman F 60 Goliath from Toussus-le-Noble to Kenley.
7 February 1920
The first post-war world speed record was set by Frenchman Sadi Lecointe in a Newport-Delage 29 with a speed of 171 m.p.h.