It seems this is a month of anniversaries. In these times of Brexit it’s somehow ironic to remember that 110 years ago a Frenchman took away Britain’s insularity. Louis Blériot crossed the English Channel at the helm of his most iconic brainchild, the Type XI.
Pretty neat commemorative postcard. It could have been another.
One of those cute contemporary animations employed to explain, easily, the complex nature of space travel.
Reentry time. End of my chaotic homage to the Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary with the day they came back.
Astonishing photo of the “Queen of the Midnight Skies.” Powerful and sophisticated, this American-sized -read huge- night fighter arrived quite late into the game, but it soon became a night ruler.
This light attack/recon biplane was the first design produced in serie designed by Eduardo Barron in the mid/late-1920s. Obviously inspired by the Fokker C.IV, the R-I employed the same construction structure: wooden wings and steel tube fuselage, both fabric covered. Some of the thirty produced saw an utterly brief service (1926-27) in the Spanish Morocco, but the design proved to be barely satisfactory and they were mainly employed as trainers. They were swiftly retired from service in 1931. Loring had more luck with its replacement.
An imposing ugly duckling certainly.
I’m not of the hero-worshipping type, but there was something undeniably special about Neil Armstrong. Among his many portraits I find this candid one simply irresistible. Taken form this year “Apollo 11” documentary film. He sure wore his A7L with élan.
50 years ago today Tintin and his friends met Mr. Armstrong on the Moon. Commissioned by the Dechy advertising agency Hergé drawn this hilarious picture. Curiously, both Neil Armstrong and Tintin continued with their unruffled lives after their return to Earth.
© Hergé / Moulinsar.
I do love this kind of classic size comparison artwork; this one of the Saturn V is my favorite. Continuing, at a very lazy pace, (I’m on holidays after all) my humble homage to the Apollo 11 50th anniversary.
One of the five improved high altitude wonder employed by TWA. Howie had its own personal chariot. Spellbinding technicolor photo taken at the Chicago Municipal Airport (not yet Midway International Airport) in 1941.
Talking the other day about Olivia de Havilland’s 103 anniversary with a cinephile friend I remarked that she, and her sister Joan Fontaine, were not the only movie stars of the family. Their cousins’ brainchildren have also appeared in considerable number in the “silver screen.” Dragon Rapides, Mosquitos and especially Moths like this superb Gypsy Moth from the incomparable “Out of Africa.”
A charismatic and iconic actor indeed.
No mistakes possible with your destination. Outstanding mid-1950s British Overseas Airways Corporation poster.