February 2014

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      Current English Speaking Semaphore Flags . . Naval Signal Flags Changed A Bit In The 19th Century. . . Hand Flag Signals. . sources: Wiki . Save Related Posts:Stay Tunes For Similar Posts

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The Amazing Blanchard Flying Machine.

by Daniel Russ on February 27, 2014

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  Blanchard Flying Machine (http://www.bridgemanart.com)   French inventor Jean-Pierre Blanchard (July 4, 1753 – March 7, 1809) made a successful balloon flight in Paris on 2 March 1784, in a hydrogen balloon. Only a year earlier the first successful balloon flight was made by engineers Jacques Charles and  Nicolas-Louis Robert. He tried his own flying machine […]

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Incredible Airship Photos From AP Courtesy Atlantic Magazine.

February 26, 2014

    August 8, 1936, The zeppelin Hindenburg over Manhattan, on en route to Lakehurst, New Jersey. (AP Photo) . Airship over the Whit House in 1906 . 1908 . A Clement-Bayard zeppelin in France in 1908. . US Navy Zeppelin Los Angeles Upended In A Storm 1926 . The Macon Over Manhattan . Consolidated […]

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The Twisted History Of Barbed Wire.

February 24, 2014

  . Barbed wire is as ubiquitous as cactus in the American West. Sparked by an Illinois Cattleman’s idea that herds of cattle could be persuaded not to stray by simply making a small adjustment to the retaining wire used in fences. James Farwell Glidden tied two strands together and where the strands met, he […]

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The Degen Ornithopter.

February 23, 2014

      This is a story about a guy who made a claim that he flew in a machine that he built. and it probably did not happen at all. Sir George Cayley published a tome called On Aerial Navigation in 1909. In it he recalls this ornithopter/balloon hybrid that Australian Jacob Degen flew. Degen […]

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Know Your Tanks!!!

February 22, 2014

  Tank profiles were important to identify. If you were a citizen in Europe near a battlefield, your knowledge of the make and model, and of course nationality of the tanks in your area might be vitally important. So, like the aircraft spotters, tank spotting shorts were also created.   . source:Google Related Posts:Stay Tunes […]

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The Zumbooruck, Or Camel Gun.

February 21, 2014

        The Zumboorucks was a thoroughly Arab invention at the end of the dynastic era of Eqyptian kings. Camels were festooned with huge ceremonial drums or other martial bands accompanying armies. The idea was adopted quickly by the Mughals and the Afghans. It was bound to happen although I have never heard […]

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My Mother Becomes A US Citizen.

February 20, 2014

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The S-4.

February 19, 2014

      .. The S-4 was the brainchild of Charles Seibel. It was an attempt to break into the lucrative rotorcraft market that the United States Army was creating. The idea was simplicity, a welded steel tool box frame, a double blade rotor a tapered ail boom and a twin bladed anti torque fan […]

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The Mozhayskey Plane Never Flew. It Was Essentially A Powered Kite.

February 18, 2014

  . . . . Two 30 horse power steam engines powered the single winged plane to fly about 100 feet in Russia in1884. Or so they claim. Aeronautical scientists noted that the plane could have lifted into the air with a head wind, but the fact of the matter is that its wing could […]

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Spotter Cards. ClickTo Enlarge.

February 17, 2014

    The British and the Americans realized that just having citizens report on what they see and hear is a tremendous flow of useful intelligence. One of the more important things to know might be exactly which combatant’s aircraft are flying overhead. And one of the coolest and most efficient ways this was accomplished […]

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The Arup S-2. The Flying Heel Lift.

February 16, 2014

    .       Dr. C.L. Snyder, A podiatrist from South Bend, Indiana tossed a heel lift through the air and was inspired to build a plane on that design. He envisioned a huge glass wing 100 feet long and thick enough to hold passengers and allow them to view their trip unoccluded. […]

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The Tupelov 123. Soviet Union’s First Supersonic Cruise Missile.

February 15, 2014

  . .   .In 1959, the Soviet Union began working on a cruise missile capable of delivering  nuclear payload at super sonic speeds while unmanned. While the nuclear delivery role was abandoned, the vehicle was designed as a high altitude reconnaissance platform. Fifty Two of the TU-123s were built and until the early 1970s […]

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Associated Press Photos Of Attack On Pearl Harbor. Click To Enlarge.

February 14, 2014

  These are riveting and demonstrate the destructive power of a successful bombing run. Many of these photos ran in newspapers across the county and in fact across thew world.   In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl […]

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The Vertol VZ-2

February 13, 2014

      Back in 1957 Army contracts were flying around, literally, from one experimental aerospace firm to the next. Vertical take off and landing was a major ongoing program and Vertol built a company based on the notion that someone could own this technology. The zeitgeist here was faster and cheaper. So the VZ-2 […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Conquest.

February 12, 2014

      When the Romans were building out permanent roads, connecting the kingdoms under their purview around the Mediterranean, Christianity was rising and supplanting and threatening Roman hegemony. Rome was expanding as fast as it was changing. And not everything the Romans transported came with legionnaires. Rome was the worlds biggest buyer of foreign […]

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The Amazing Abrams Explorer. Cool Enough. Not Fast Enough.

February 11, 2014

          The Abrams Explorer, born of a vision of Talbert Abrams, was a plane designed for cartography and photographic intelligence. It’s perfect testament to Form Follows Function. Aerial surveillance requires an unobstructed view of the terrain. So perfectly curved windows were crafted to sit in front of the sings and engines. […]

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The Douglas XB-19 Heavy Bomber.

February 10, 2014

          . The XB-19 project was a clandestine attempt to build the Army Air Corps an advanced long-range bomber. Beginning on February 5, 1935, the US Army Air Corps declared and named the initiative “Project D” or XBLR, experimental long range bomber.  This top secret long ranged advanced bomber was the […]

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

February 9, 2014

  North America was the last real goldmine in the world for rising civilizations. It’s vastness, it’s geographic diversity and its abundance of natural resources, minerals, metals, oil and animals lured those seeking riches and glory from every corner of the world. There were Europeans, and Russians all over this continent looking to exploit it.  […]

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The Blame For Taking The Indians Lands Belongs To More Than One Nation.

February 8, 2014

  You can tell a lot about America by watching car commercials. In fact, the very essential nature of the New World is revealed in them.  In the automotive marketing category, there is an entire cottage industry of companies that create the film for cars. Helicopters and drone borne cameras and camera cars shoot the […]

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