Sunday Things - early flight edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 10 2013

Go read about aviation history on Wikipedia. A few brief highlights:

Like a bat out of ... France?
Ader Avion III - primitive, steam-powered, ineffective - but looking like an escapee from an alternate, steampunk universe. Clément Ader's earlier Éole did make a brief, low powered flight in October 1890, albeit in a completely uncontrollled manner.
The Red Baron would have a conniption if he saw this.
Horatio Frederick Phillips - forget the monoplanes, biplanes, triplanes and other near-wingless attempts at flight. Mr. Phillips' multiplanes eventually made decent powered flights in 1907, long after simpler designs proved adequate...
Standard component of a parallel universe.
Zeppelins! - from experimental beasts to explosive monsters via dropping bombs on Birmingham, these things grew to be huge.
Biggest Meccano set ever.
R101 - the Germans certainly weren't alone in developing airships. Part of a British government programme "to develop civil airships capable of service on long-distance routes within the British Empire", this home-grown hydrogen-filled leviathan crashed and burned on its first flight to India... The enormous airship sheds at Cardington still stand - you've probably (not) seen them in the recent Batman films, being ideal cover for film sets.

Bonus Random Pavarotti Disease corner:

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1. Tuesday!

Posted by phuzz at 4:26AM, Monday March 11 2013

Shut it Vince!

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2. Airships!

Posted by Ben at 8:46AM, Monday March 11 2013

See also:

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3. Re: Airships!

Posted by Cargo Cult at 11:07PM, Saturday March 16 2013

Funding's *still* at a mere $30 of a $1,000,000 goal. Something tells me a brave new Zeppelin future is going to be postponed. ;-)

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