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Old 02-03-2008, 07:53 AM   #1
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Today's Birthday...

On February 3, 1859 Hugo Junkers was born. A pioneer of aviation among many other things.



Here is his story: Hugo Junkers - encyclopedia article about Hugo Junkers.
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So this guy did something with planes eh??
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Junkers airplanes are so vintage !
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Two distinguished aviation birthdays today!! (sorry if they are sooo vintage!

Feb 4, 1902
Charles Lindbergh

Without doubt, the world's most féted aviator!
Although not the first to fly across the Atlantic (91 men had made the journey before him), Lindbergh was the first to make the solo flight from New York to Paris to collect the $25,000 Orteig Prize.

Upon landing at the Le Bourget airfield on May 21, 1927 in the darkness he was swept up by the crowd which almost dismantled his aircraft, the Spirit of St Louis, in the rush to strip it of souvenirs! His flying helmet was snatched from his head and ended up in the innocent hands of a young American university student who was chaired across the airfield by the jubilant crowd who mistook him for the brave aviator. Meanwhile 2 French airmen had spirited him to a darkened military hangar on the other side of the field where he sat and enjoyed a drink of water whilst worrying about the fate of his plane!

The international fame and celebrity that was his swept the world in a way that had never been seen before!! Here is his story: Charles Lindbergh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Feb 4, 1896
Paul J. McGinness


Much less well known to the world, but still a great aviator was Paul McGinness who was the co-founder of Qantas with Hudson Fysh. Both were Australian airmen in WWI and McGinness was a recipient of the DFC. He was Qantas' first pilot.

The Aces of the Australian Flying Corps 1914 -1919
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Okay, then happy birthday
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5 Feb, 1840 - Sir Hiram Maxim



Maxim was born in Maine, USA but became a naturalised British citizen. He was a great inventor - he invented the incandescent light bulb before Edison but lost a protracted battle for the patent - he is the inventor of the well-known mousetrap - he also invented the covering for school blackboards but he is best known for inventing the machine gun!!!

The Maxim machinegun was adopted by the British Army in 1899 and subsequently saw him knighted in 1901. He also sold it to many other armies and became a wealthy man. When in Russia to sell his gun he was asked his religion to which he answered he had none. He was told by the military officer that in Russia, everyone had to have a religion! He replied "Put me down as Protestant" which is how he became a protestant!!

All of this overshadows the fact that he was one of the key pioneers of aviation and "flew" a steam-powered aeroplane of his own design and manufacture a full 10 years before the Wright brothers achievement at Kitty Hawk. The subsequent success of his machine gun saw him retire from aviation design until much later.

Here is some of his story: Hiram Maxim - The first man to fly a heavier than air machine
Air Force Link - Sir Hiram Maxim
The Pioneers : An Anthology : Sir Hiram Maxim (1840 - 1916)


Feb 5, 1846 - John Boyd Dunlop



Founder of the Dunlop Tyre Company - Dunlop was a Scottish vet who lived and worked in Ireland. A friend of the Queen of England, he filed and won a patent for the pneumatic rubber tyre. (Two years later the patent was disallowed because another Scotsman, Thomson, had filed patents earlier in France and the US.)

Although Dunlop did not profit much from his invention, one of his offshoot companies - Dunlop Aircraft Tyres - has been supplying tyres for aircraft for the last 92 years! The list of planes fitted standard with Dunlop tyres includes Concorde, Tornado, Harrier, Boeing 757, BAe/Avro 146, Boeing 757 and they currently equip Embraer, Dornier and the DHC-8Q amongst others.

Other planes fitted standard with Dunlop tyres included the Meteor, Typhoon, Hunter, Stirling, Mosquito, Comet, Lightning, Victor, Vulcan and Valiant. To this day, Dunlop is proud to supply the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster with tyres.
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Feb 6, 1890 - Anton Hermann Gerard Fokker -"The Flying Dutchman"



Fokker was born in Java but at age 11 returned to the Netherlands with his family. He built his first aeroplane at age 20 and taught himself to fly. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he offered his services to both sides but was rejected by the Allies - Germany bought his planes and he took German citizenship. He invented interrupter gear that allowed machine gus to be fired between the blades of his planes' propellors giving them air superiority. This fact was not lost on the Allies and the Treaty of Versailles stated that all Fokker airplanes be handed over to the victors. Nevertheless, Fokker managed to smuggle several tons of parts across the border into Holland where he set up civil aircraft manufacture. In 1922 he emigrated to America where he was naturalised (becoming 'Tony'). His aircraft factory was the worlds largest civil aviation manufacturer until the arrival of the Douglas DC-1. Many of his planes are among the classics of aviation history. The company he founded went bankrupt in 1996.

He died of meningitis at the age of 49 - the complication of a sinus operation!

His story: http://www.dutch-aviation.nl/index5/...biografie.html

Anthony Fokker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Feb 7, 1906 - Oleg Antonov



Oleg Antonov is perhaps the Soviet Union's most famous aircraft designer. He passion was gliders and he had built his at age 18. He continued to design gliders throughout his life. During WWII he worked on military aircraft (including gliders that could carry a tank!) but at war's end he established the Antonov Design Bureau and concentrated on civil aircraft design. In 1947 he produced the rugged An-2 agricultural biplane that turned out to be one of the most versatile and enduring general-purpose aircraft in the world. In 1952, he moved his bureau to Kiev in the Ukraine where his team excelled at producing durable transports for the harsh weather and primitive operating conditions in the wide-ranging Soviet Union. His huge An-22 was the largest aircraft in the world when it was introduced at the 1965 Paris Air Show, and the An-225 Mriya, remains the heaviest and most powerful aircraft ever built. The highly successful An-124, the world's largest production aircraft, first flew in 1982 and was a fitting crown to Oleg Antonov's brilliant career before he died on March 4, 1984. He was also a talented painter - here is one of his works depicting his enduring love for gliders.






7 Feb, 1932 - Alfred Merrill Worden




Al Worden holds the record for being "the most isolated human being in history" when he was alone in the command module "Endeavour", precisely 2,234 miles & 1330 yards from fellow astronauts Scott and Irwin on the moon. He achieved the feat whilst Command Module commander for Apollo 15 in 1971. I remember that moonshot because it was the first time they took the Lunar Rover. Born in Texas, he was a pilot instructor for the USAF before being selected as one of the 19 Astronauts by NASA in 1966.
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Is there no end to the wealth of information you posess?
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Is there no end to the wealth of information you posess?
I get bored. It's really an extension of Rammi's old trivia thread - there have been some fascinating figures in aviation. This just seems a random way of recognizing some of them...


I guess I was inspired on Feb 2 by the legendary Captain Wahoo... ( a tough act to follow!)
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Feb 8, 1882 - Thomas Etholen Selfridge




Tom Selfridge holds the honour of being the first person to die in a powered aircraft accident. He was a lieutenant in the US Army, aeronautical division. Orville Wright was demosntrating the Wright Flyer to the Army with Selfridge as passenger on Sept 17, 1908 when one propellor failed and hit a strut, causing the plane to crash. Selfridge died of head injuries without ever rehgaining consciousness. His last words were a barely audible "oh oh!".

He was 26.


Feb 8, 1884 - John T.C. Moore-Brabazon



Better known as Lord Brabazon of Tara, JTC Moore-Brabazon was a pilot before entering into Parliament. British F.A.I. Airplane Pilot's Certificate Number 1 was issued to him by the Royal Aero Club, making him the first person to be licensed in Great Britain as an Airplane Pilot.


He is credited with making the first live cargo flight when he tied a waste-paper basket (AKA "cargo hold") to the wing strut of his French Voisin biplane in 1909 and carried a pig in it!! He must have had a sense of humour - proving his point that pigs do fly!!!


Charles Rolls and Lord Brabazon of Tara made an ascension in the first spherical balloon made in England, which was built by the Short Brothers.

He served as Minister of Transport and later, Minister of Aircraft Production under Winston Churchill, before being elevated to the House of Lords where he took a seat as Lord Brabazon of Tara.

After the war, Brabazon was given the job of planning for post-war civil aviation in Britain. He chaired a British Cabinet committee that oversaw the building of a prototype aircraft - the Bristol 167 Brabazon - the largest plane ever built in Britain. The 167 performed poorly in initial trials, and lost economical feasibility as more efficient designs were concurrently developed. It never went into production.
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Feb 9, 1897 - Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith




Kingsford-Smith was an aviation hero the world over - he achieved more long distance records than any other aviator. In his native Australia he was simply known as "Smithy".

He enrolled in the AIF on his 18th birthday and saw action at Gallipoli before eventually transferring to the Royal Flying Corps where he fell in love with planes and flying. He was shot badly in one mission over western France which saw him receive the Military Cross from King George.

At wars end he was penniless and became a barnstormer in Hollywood and later back in Australia. He became one of Australia's first airline pilots, working for West Australian Airways (yes - they started before Qantas) but he longed to be the first to cross the Pacific.



He achieved this in a Fokker trimotor - "Southern Cross" - flying from San Francisco to Brisbane in 1928, arriving to a hero's welcome. He set many more records and was knighted in 1932 before succumbing to tragedy when a plane he was flying was lost off the south coast of Burma in 1935. His remains were never recovered.

He has remembered and honoured on the Australian $20 note from the introduction of decimal currency in 1966 until paper notes were exchanged for polymer in the 90's.
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Triple WOW! I just discovered this thread and it is awesome. I can't possibly imagine how Doc plans to find 365 different aviation legends and pioneers, but if anybody can pull this off, it will be the Doc.
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Feb 10, 1942 - Sir Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop is Chairman of British Midland
In 1986 he was awarded the CBE, and in 1991 he was knighted.



The son of a Cheshire factory boss, Sir Michael first took to the air at the age of six or seven on a pleasure flight round Manchester airport. Then in 1949, his parents took him on an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin in search of chocolate in post-war England and he became hooked on aviation. At age 16 he began working summer jobs at Manchester airport and in 1963 he joined Mercury Airlines which was bought out the next year by British Midland. He rose from baggage handler to become general manager by 1969. Then in 1978, the London investment group which owned British Midland decided to sell, and with the help of a loan from an entrepreneurial Californian dentist, Sir Michael raised the £2.5m to take control and has been Chairman since. In 2002 his personal fortune was estimated at £185m.

In an annual survey by The Independent of the UK's most influential homosexuals, Sir Michael was ranked as number 5 in 2005
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Feb 11, 1906 - Air Chief Marshall Sir Denis Barnett



The only Kiwi to serve as Air Chief Marshall of the RAF.

Hailing from New Zealand, Barnett joined the RAFO whilst studying at Cambridge, before accepting a commision in the RAF in 1929. In late 1939, he was a member of a mission sent to Italy to investigate the purchase of Italian aircraft for the RAF!! After outbreak of WWII, he served in Bomber Command. In 1954 he was stationed in Egypt to supervise the transfer of British forces to their new bases in Cypress. It thus fell to him to command the Air Forces of Operation Musketeer - the tripartite war waged by Britain, France and Israel against Egypt in 1956 after President Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal.

44 Allied air squadrons were deployed against Egypt. In 18 attacks against 13 targets 1962 tons of bombs were dropped - 260 aircraft were claimed destroyed, including 18 Il-28. (Curiously, the strength of the Egyptian Air Force approximated only 190 aircraft at best, unless the entire EAF including transports, trainers, etc. was destroyed.)

The war lasted only 10 days before political interference saw a cease-fire that resulted in United Nations Peacekeeping Forces being deployed for the first time. British and French reputations and interests in the Middle East were irretrievably damaged and the Soviet Union became a hero of Arab nationalism.


He was knighted thereafter, promoted to Air Chief Marshall in 1962 and retired from the RAF in 1964. He passed away on New Years Eve, 1992.
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