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Lord_k's Article – November 2011 Archive (12)

S.A.M. #22. Savoia Trimotors

What's so special about this picture?

It was taken in Tokyo in July 1942. The trimotor aircraft is the Savoia-Marchetti S.75 GA RT (GA for Grande Autonomia, i.e. long range, RT for Rome-Tokyo). Its pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Moscatelli, was placed in charge of the flight operation, which in addition to providing Italy with propaganda about Italian aviation prowess was to carry new codes for communications between Japan and her Axis…


Added by lord_k on November 26, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #114: Martin Model 100

Believe me or not, this car was built in 1928:

The Martin Aircraft Company of Garden City, New York applied their talents and experience in aviation to building a road-going vehicle. Like so many other cars, it would never get beyond the prototype stage; in total, only three prototypes were ever built.

Using similar principles that would later be seen on the DeSoto…


Added by lord_k on November 25, 2011 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Knights of the Air: The Iron Ace

In the Misty Skies of WWI France, History is written with flaming guns.

Yank airman Hugh McQuillen had smashed his way into those history books as “The Iron Ace.” Flying his deadly war plane adorned with the Laughing Skull, he was a grim and unrelenting instrument of war who killed Germans with such ruthless efficiency that he became known on both sides of the line as “The…


Added by lord_k on November 24, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

S.A.M. #21. Bomber, Liner, Mailplane

"There can be little doubt that the Farman organization was responsible for turning out some of the world's ugliest aircraft. "

"The tradition begun with the ghastly looking Jabiru and earlier…


Added by lord_k on November 19, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage #113: The Schlörwagen

The most amazing German streamline car ever:

Built just before the start of WWII, it is known as the Göttinger Ei ("an egg from Göttingen") or the Schlörwagen. Its designer, Karl Schlör, a Krauss Maffei engineer, proposed a bodyshell with extremely low drag coefficient as early as of 1936.…


Added by lord_k on November 18, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Knights of the Air: Curtiss Triplanes

American chapter of the multiplane saga is surprisingly "meaty". During the Great War, Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company designed numerous triplanes.

Here is an artist's impression of the Curtiss Triplane flying boat, published in the Flight magazine (UK) in 1916. The real thing was even more impressive. In 1915, the American businessman Rodman Wanamaker commissioned Curtiss to…


Added by lord_k on November 17, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

S.A.M. #20. Zeppelin Day

No heavier-than-air flying craft can overshadow the majestic Luftschiff:

This Saturday, no monoplanes, biplanes or triplanes (quadruplanes were well represented here just recently). The Saturday Air Mail is celebrating the Zeppelin, displaying some interesting photographs made by Dr. Paul Wolff and Alfred…


Added by lord_k on November 12, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Lord K's Garage #112: Royal Humber

Queen Elizabeth emerging from an armored vehicle... A shot from some Dieselpunk movie?

No. It's a news photo taken in 1941. The Humber Ironside recce car had a limited luxury version. Here's the story of "basic" Ironsides and their Royal siblings, as told by the Reconaissance Corps.

The "Light…


Added by lord_k on November 11, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Knights of the Air: Experimental Quadruplanes

The most exotic flying machines built during the Great War, they never saw combat.

Five year before the start of hostilities, from ca. 1909, the American inventor Matthew Sellers made a series of flights in the Sellers 1909 Quadruplane, progressively fitted with powerplants of decreasing power, in order to investigate low-powered flight. He eventually achieved flight on only 5…


Added by lord_k on November 10, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

S.A.M. #19: Tailless Flying Cat

Looking like a dummy from some early sci-fi movie, this small aircraft was real and flyable.

First known as the "Tailless Research Aircraft" the Handley Page HP.75 was designed by Dr. Gustav Victor Lachmann to investigate the problems associated with tailless aircraft. The airframe was build by Dart Aircraft of Dunstable, England, the aircraft was…


Added by lord_k on November 5, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage #111: Omnibuses for the Autobahn

Maybe a bit unexpected... but inevitable.

In 1930s, Germany, the homeland of streamline design, finally accepted the prophetic ideas of Rumpler and Jaray and was busy…


Added by lord_k on November 4, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Knights of the Air: Lafayette Escadrille Pictures Part II

Just a few images of the Escadrille, its pilots, aircraft and lions.

The Escadrille Lafayette in July 1917. Standing, left to right are Soubiron, Doolittle, Campbell, Persons, Bridgman, Dugan, MacMonagle, Lowell, Willis, Jones, Peterson and de Maison-Rouge (French Deputy Commander). Seated, left to right are Hill, Masson with "Soda" lion cub; Thaw, Thenault (the…


Added by lord_k on November 3, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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