Thursday, November 23, 2017

Convair XFY-1 Pogo

This was a 1954 experiment in vertical takeoff and landing. Apparently the takeoff part was OK, but it was very difficult to land, as the pilot had to look over his shoulder to see where he was going while being very precise working the controls. 
Three were built, only one flew, mostly in tethered practise liftoffs and landings. It was determined that only very experienced pilots were capable of flying it and although it was capable of speeds approaching 500 mph, jets were the future.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There's something in the air...

The American Heritage History of Flight, Simon and Shuster 1962
Samuel Langley was an early pioneer in aviation who had made several successful flights with models as early as 1896, some lasting as long as 3/4 of a mile. Working partially with government funds, he built a full scale piloted aircraft and made two attempts at flight. 
Catapulted from a houseboat in the Potomac river, the first takeoff by pilot Charles Manly on October 7 1903 was unsuccessful, the picture above shows the plane breaking up and falling during the second launch on December 8, 1903. 
Nine days later, the Wright brothers achieved the first successful powered heavier than air flight.

Crawford Automobiles

Another manufacturer that came and went so fast they didn't even say goodbye. Soon after this ad appeared in 1909, the company was gone.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Edison's talking doll

Archeology, Nov/Dec 2011.

Shell Oil ads

Wally Olins, Corporate Identity.  Making Business Visible Through Design. 
Harvard Business School Press, 1990.

MG Midget

Diecast airplane

 Another nice little diecast toy with a 5 inch wingspan. Maker unknown, no identification, no markings except some stamped numbers "3" on the bottom of one wing, "2197" on the other. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in England, 1916

Horace Porter.  Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in England.  or Twin Stars in the London Sky Patrol.
  New York:  A.L. Burt Co., 1916.

Dropping bombs by hand and shooting a revolver out of the cockpit.  That's how it all started.

Machinist's clamps

A few from the toolbox drawer by my knee mill.

Sidecar Sunday