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Wrong-Way Corrigan







Always a pleasure to revisit this famous incident and charming fellow, with some "new" vintage footage of him at a press conference.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 12, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's

Mystery Illustration 3

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This "futuristic" plane was:

1) conceived in the 1920s to occur in the 1940s

2) conceived in the 1930s to occur in the 1950s

3) conceived in the 1940s to occur in the 1970s

4) conceived in the 1950s to occur in the 1980s

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 01, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Futurism, Air Travel and Airlines, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Cropdusting

Now that I know about this, I'll never view airplane travel in the same way again.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 12, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Flatulence, Air Travel and Airlines

No more low flying!

This is what the airlines did for in-flight entertainment, back in the day. From the Los Angeles Times, Sep 8, 1935:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Sep 02, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's

The Great Mull Air Mystery

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In 1975, a pilot in a small plane makes a mysterious unscheduled night flight, and goes missing.

Several months later, the pilot's body is found, close by the air base from which he took off.

His plane is found even later, sunk in the ocean.

Did he jump from the plane in mid-air? No injuries consistent with that.

Did he escape the downed plane and swim to shore? No traces of sea water on the corpse.

Read the details here of this still-baffling enigma.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 13, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Tragedy and Pathos, Unsolved Mysteries, Air Travel and Airlines, 1970's

Elm Farm Ollie Day


Feb. 18 is Elm Farm Ollie Day, commemorating the first flight in a plane by a cow. An article posted over at rootsweb.ancestry.com tells us that Elm Farm Ollie (aka Sunnymede Ollie, Nellie Jay, or Sky Queen) is remembered each year at the dairy festival in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin:

Celebrated as a pasteurized legend of the pasture, Ollie has for 60 years remained the star attraction at the Feb. 18 dairy festival held each year at Mount Horeb, Wisc. In addition to having her praises sung in such works as "The Bovine Cantata in B-Flat Major" (from Madame Butterfat) and the stirring "Owed to Ollie," she has been the subject of stories, cartoons and poems. E. D. Thalinger even painted her portrait for posterity.


A 1930 news-wire story provided details about the historic flight:


Will Milk Cow in Air
Claude M. Sterling, of Parks Air college, will pilot Sunnymede Ollie, Guernsey from Bismarck, Missouri, over the city in a tri-motored Ford.
The cow will be fed and milked and the milk parachuted down in paper containers. A quart of milk will be presented to Colonel Lindbergh when he arrives.
Weighing more than 1000 pounds, the cow will be flown to demonstrate the ability of aircraft. Scientific data will be collected on her behavior.
-The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, Minn.) - Feb. 18, 1930.

More info at wikipedia and mustardmuseum.com.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 18, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Farming, Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's

Strongest Hair Ever

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 28, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Air Travel and Airlines, 1930's, Hair and Hairstyling

Weird-Ohs

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How could Weird Universe not do a feature on a line of model kits dubbed "Weird-ohs"...?

This blog features a good writeup on them.

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Here's a period ad from BOYS LIFE.

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And the horrifying reality of the finished product. Buy yours now through the link below!




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