Daily Blog 06/16/2013

  • The Saro Cloud was a British passenger amphibian flying boat designed and built by Saunders-Roe as the A.19 and later produced as the A.29[1] for the Royal Air Force for pilot and navigator training.

    tags: Flying boat

  • The delightful brochure of the 1911-1912 Moisant Aviation School, with its handsome, gold embossed cover pictured here, features an airplane (possibly the one John built while in France – reported to be named the “Raven” or “Crow”) flown by French-trained aviator, John Moisant, flying past the Statue of Liberty. The brochure, with its glowing, somewhat overblown descriptive commentary about the Moisant school, started this writer on a quest to explore the short but zestful aviation career of pioneer flyer, Matilde Moisant, the second woman pilot to receive licensing by the Aero Club of America. Matilde is depicted in the brochure as a student pilot and you just know there’s a story lurking when she has the same name as the school. Material reprinted and quoted here is the result of researching documents, books and publications in my possession. Aviators of 1911 were a hardy lot, eagerly taking to the air to savor the new realm of man amongst the clouds. These flyers didn’t consider themselves pioneers but were merely jumping on the bandwagon of adventure, hoping to make a living by exhibiting the wonders of flight to the uninitiated throughout the world. Read on and experience an era that can never be sampled again by man (or woman).

    tags: aviator aviation history

  • This site charts the history of the Sunderland Flying Boat factory that once stood on the shores of Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District, and the nearby settlement specially constructed to house the factory workers and their families, known as Calgarth Estate.

    It contains historical documents and photographs of the factory and the estate and features the voices of the people who worked and lived in this remarkable community.

    tags: Flying boat LakeDistrict

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