Remembering the Pioneers

Remembering the Pioneers

Floyd SmithFloyd Smith
Floyd Smith

For more than five centuries, numerous inventors, including Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci, attempted to design reliable parachutes. However, it was only in 1920 that the modern parachute, as we know it today, was patented.

Dec 29, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Remembering the Pioneers: Virginius ClarkRemembering the Pioneers: Virginius Clark
Remembering the Pioneers: Virginius Clark

In 1922, Clark developed the ‘Clark Y’ aerofoil profile, which was the result of substantial mathematical research to design the ideal cross-sectional shape of a wing. Early aircraft designers found that the ‘Clark Y’ aerofoil worked well for their designs. As a result, the ‘Clark Y’ aerofoil was incorporated into dozens of aircraft designs.

Nov 30, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Henri GiffardHenri Giffard
Henri Giffard

In 1852, Giffard built the world's first steerable airship.

Oct 28, 2022 History
Remembering the PioneersRemembering the Pioneers
Remembering the Pioneers

Enrico Forlanini was a pioneer in helicopter design, hydrofoils and airship development.

Aug 14, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Clyde CessnaClyde Cessna
Clyde Cessna

Learn more about Clyde Cessna, founder of the Cessna Company.

Jul 10, 2022 History
Ed LongEd Long
Ed Long

When Ed Long died at the age of 83 in July 1999, he had accumulated more than 65 000 hours of flying experience, a record which still stands.

Jun 5, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
The right way for ‘Wrong Way’The right way for ‘Wrong Way’
The right way for ‘Wrong Way’

Nothing worthwhile can be achieved without resourcefulness. One pilot from the 1930s showed an extraordinary amount of resourcefulness and thereby epitomized the adventurous spirit of early aviation pioneers.

May 1, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Alexander KartveliAlexander Kartveli
Alexander Kartveli

Kartveli was instrumental in the development of the P-47 Thunderbolt, F-105 Thunderchief and A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Apr 3, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Adolphe PégoudAdolphe Pégoud
Adolphe Pégoud

Let us take a closer look at one of the true trailblazers of aviation. For a few years during the early 1900s, he was seen as the best pilot in the world.

Apr 3, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Sir Sydney CammSir Sydney Camm
Sir Sydney Camm

Whilse working for Hawker, Camm developed some of the most famous aircraft of World War II and the Cold War era.

Mar 6, 2022 History
Remembering the Pioneers: Anthony FokkerRemembering the Pioneers: Anthony Fokker
Remembering the Pioneers: Anthony Fokker

Also known as 'The Flying Dutchman', Fokker gained fame for designing World War I era fighters, as well as various airliners.

Jan 19, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers
Escaping Terra FirmaEscaping Terra Firma
Escaping Terra Firma

Today, almost 100 years after his death, Harry Houdini remains a household name. He was world famous for escaping from chains, straightjackets and locked containers, but he did not escape the pages of aviation history.

Jan 19, 2022 Remembering the Pioneers