July 20, 1969: Fact Meets Fiction.

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.

De Havilland Gipsy Moth: In the bloodline.

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.

“Curtiss P-40”: Stunnedmen.

Among the “Tora! Tora! Tora!” 1970 movie action scenes there was one really startling involving a P-40 model crashing into the middle of a line of P-40s. In fact, it was not how it was planned. In the script, that P-40 was supposed to crash at the end of the line, but they lost control of the model. Those stuntmen were really running for their own dear lives.