Aero Engines of History Part 3: 1920-1936 The Interwar Years

Following on from my previous post looking at WW1 Aero Engines, attention now turns to some of those units used to power the interwar aircraft. These interwar power plants helped aviation design make the transition from the fragile biplane fighters of World War One, right through to the legendary Schneider racers. Armstrong Siddeley LYNX - … Continue reading Aero Engines of History Part 3: 1920-1936 The Interwar Years

The Curtiss Story Part 6: The Racers and the Biplane Hawks

We have already seen Glenn Curtiss’ rise to a leading light in the US aviation business. From pioneering Pushers to fighting flying boats and training up a nations pilots in the Jenny and Standard. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/6686664101/in/photolist-bbSUh6-bbptXX-bbptk2-aDSyL3-aDNEtk-8DHFjA-8cTJBq-7ZzTtn-7ZzTsT-7ZzTsB-7ZzTs6-7ZzTrn-7ZD4JC-7ZzTiF-7ZzThV-7ZzTai-7ZD4u5-7ZzT8P-7ZD4sN-7ZD4rG-7ZzT86-7ZD4qo-7ZzT7a-7Xn6cq-7Xn6bW-7XiRLR-7Xn6bj-7Xn6b9-7Xn6aG-7Xn6ad-7Xn69W-7Xn69j-7XiRJR-7Xn68y-7Xn68Q-7Xn67N-7XiRHK-7Xn67q-7Xn677-7XiRGt-7Xn667-7XiRGi-7Xn65S-7XiRFB-7XmBs3-7XmBrG-7XmBr5-7XinVx-7XmBqC-7XinUZ The 1920s represented a crucial time for the Curtiss company. Mr Curtiss himself retired from the company in September 1920, … Continue reading The Curtiss Story Part 6: The Racers and the Biplane Hawks

The Curtiss Story Part 3: First World War Flying Boats

Glenn Curtiss had made great advances in aviation by the 1910’s despite countless legal battles with the Wright Brothers over his Pusher designs. His experimental flying boats had led to plenty of industry recognition and it wasn’t long before the navy took an interest in these designs. The First World War would see the flying … Continue reading The Curtiss Story Part 3: First World War Flying Boats

The Curtiss Story Part 2: Curtiss According to Kermit – Kermit Weeks on flying Curtiss Aircraft

Following on from my introduction to Mr. Curtiss himself I wanted to feature a modern day operator of Curtiss types to offer a pilots insight into flying and operating these special machines. I was lucky enough to be able to catch a few words from Kermit Weeks, who operates a number of Curtiss types at … Continue reading The Curtiss Story Part 2: Curtiss According to Kermit – Kermit Weeks on flying Curtiss Aircraft

The Curtiss Story Part 1 – Glenn Curtiss & the Early Years

Glenn Curtiss was born on the 21st May 1878. Curtiss always had a keen interest in engineering and innovation. He opened up the first Curtiss factory, manufacturing motorcycles, in 1901. This obviously draws a comparison to the Bicycle building Wright Brothers,with whom Curtiss would have long drawn out legal battles and ill-feeling in the years … Continue reading The Curtiss Story Part 1 – Glenn Curtiss & the Early Years