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The Greatest Airliner To Be Built…Ever

Lockheed Constellation -- 062213

by Preserved Wook

This movie is a complete survey of the story of the design & development of the Lockheed Constellation:


And this next one is oldtime radioman Arthur Godfrey’s 1953 love song to the big bird.  In this 60-year-old film, Godfrey interviews WW I ace & Eastern Airlines President Eddie Rickenbacker!


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[Engineman Wook

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by Engineman Preserved Wook

“LZ-129 and its sister ship, LZ-130, are still the largest objects ever to fly!”  [Dan, at Airships.net — PW]

I have posted information here about the Zeppelins before, and now have in hand this missive from Dan at Airships.net:

“Dear Airships.net reader,

“If you have enjoyed visiting Airships.net, I would like to ask for your support…not by donating money, but simply by posting a link.  March 4 is the anniversary of the Hindenburg’s first flight, and March 23 is the anniversary of the ship’s first passenger flight, both in 1936!

“To help others learn more about this famous (and tragic) Zeppelin, if you have a blog or a website, would you be willing to post a link to the following URL?”


“I have tried to (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook 



[image courtesy of  http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/43/dc3airscan0017zh6.jpg  ]

…it is the DC-3, first flown in 1935 and still flying today.  My first “solo” commercial flight, apart from (more…)

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by Emmett Smith

In the wake of the recent Hudson River incident, the FAA is implementing new anti-bird  measures for all airliners:


[Engineman Wook    all posting rights reserved     26 February 2009]

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by Bodwyn Wook

This one will really make your hair stand on end!  It’s a movie about the first autopilot (in the 1930s!), in a Curtiss Condor commercial airliner:


This is a piece of History more timely now than ever, since another, postmodern airliner out East packed it in last week with iced-up (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

The distinction between late-modernity and our gummy ‘postmodern’ age is this same ever-expanding universal grubbiness of the common life lived by all.  This experience everywhere shudderingly a bit sticky to the touch is become the congested hallmark of our whole bodily life, and, most notably, of everything to do with mass transportation including air travel.  In (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

The image of the Graf Zeppelin and his brother ship, Hindenburg, exemplify as no others the final patriarchal assertion of the late-modern age, and of defiant men no longer earthbound.  As I have in turn asserted at many points in the historianship of Bodwyn Wook, that late-modern age ended in 1989 with the collapse (more…)

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