Author Topic: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 3  (Read 652 times)

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 3
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2024, 12:28:27 AM »
Bad Day for an S.E.5a
During a last 'Victory Loan' tour in the United States a malfunctioning Royal Aircraft Factory machine fell to the earth. 
(from the Evening Public Ledger, 12 April 1919):



The American 'Flying Circus' troupe headlined here last May: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=13750.msg254751#msg254751

Here's a look back at a postwar S.E.5a built by forum member drdave: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=961.msg14394#msg14394

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 3
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2024, 10:37:35 PM »
He Flew For France
James Rogers McConnell was said to have a "hatred of the humdrum, an abhorrence of the commonplace, a passion for the picturesque."  These yearning led him to first volunteer for the American Ambulance Corps in France and then the renowned Lafayette Escadrille.  McConnell flew on the Escadrille Américaine's first patrol and would become last American pilot to be killed in World War I before the U.S. formally entered the conflict.  He was brought down by two German fighters in the area of St.-Quentin on 19 March. The French buried him at the site of his wreckage in a meadow at the edge of the village of Jussy.  A statue dedicated to McConnell was erected at the University of Virginia (his alma mater).  It was designed by Gutzon Borglum, the same sculptor best known for his monumental work at Mount Rushmore.
(from the Abergavenny Chronicle, 13 April 1917):





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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 3
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2024, 10:44:29 PM »
Huckepack Machen
Despite the graininess of this photo, I see the makings of an interesting diorama vignette.
(from the Perth Daily News, 14 April 1915):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 3
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2024, 11:07:42 PM »
Last Flight of the 'Phoenix Boy'
(from the Arizona Republican, 15 April 1919):



Here's a link to a past headline on American aviator Frank Luke from the Arizona Republican: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=12930.msg249952#msg249952
And here's a look back a Luke's SPAD XIII in 1/72 by forum member IanB: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=3309.msg55731#msg55731

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 3
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2024, 11:51:09 PM »
Farewell to a Friend
Fellow fliers say goodbye to American test-pilot Peter Carl "Tex" Millman in today's news.  In the first photo below he looks to be perched in a modified Deperdussin.  In the second picture he's shown, i believe, piloting the experimental Sturtevant B, which crash on his initial test.  "One of the most unusual single-seat pursuit aircraft designed and built in the USA during World War I was the Sturtevant B, created by Grover C Loening. Embodying a number of advanced features, such as a welded steel tube structure, the Sturtevant B was a sesquiplane of unique configuration in that the lower plane was a narrow-chord surface with the primary purpose of providing anchorage for the apices of the quadrupod bracing struts. Power was provided by a 140 hp Sturtevant A5 eight-cylinder water-cooled engine with radiators mounted beneath the mainplane centre section leading edge on each side of the fuselage. Four examples of the Sturtevant B were ordered by the US Army Signal Corps in 1916, the first of these flying on 20 March 1917. Malfunction of the tail control surfaces led the test pilot to decide to terminate the flight and the virtually unmanageable aircraft struck a tree during the landing approach and was wrecked. This accident led to the US Army cancelling the remaining three aircraft". (via flyingmachines.ru)
(from the Prescott Daily News, 16 April 1917):





Check out forum member Tim Mixon's recent Deperdussin Monocoque: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=14189.msg261007#msg261007
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