In the near future, Early Aero’s parent company, Aerodynamic Media, LLC will release The Flying Machine, a new journal focused exclusively on pre-1920 aviation. The full-color publication will be offered in digital and print on demand formats and will feature articles from preeminent aviation authors, historians and builders. In addition to historical topics, The Flying Machine will examine current early aircraft projects around the world and work in concert with this website to cover all aspects of early aviation, from flight simulation and models to full-scale replicas and restorations.
Stay tuned to earlyaero.com for additional information, or sign up for our newsletter to receive instant updates as the release date draws near.
From our sister site Enterplanement: With the new year right around the corner, a number of 2017 calendars are hitting the market which cater to aircraft enthusiasts. We’ve assembled a collection of several that caught our attention, which are now available through our online store. You’ll find calendars focusing on WW1 and WW2 warbirds, general and commercial aviation, and military jets, all captured in beautiful air-to-air photography or portrayed by talented aviation artists.
Click here to view our current selection, and be sure to check back often, as new calendars will be continually added!
On Tuesday, the Shuttleworth’s new Sopwith Camel replica resumed engine tests in preparation for its upcoming maiden flight.
The aircraft was built from original drawings by Northern Aeroplane Workshops in Batley and was recently transported to Old Warden, where it was covered and assembled by the Shuttleworth team. The machine wears the colors of D1851, “Ikanopit”, a Ruston Proctor-built Camel that operated with 70 Squadron RAF in 1918.
Click the link below to check out a brief video of this week’s test.
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On Friday, the Montrose Air Station Centre in Angus, Scotland unveiled their new BE2a replica at a ceremony attended by 150 guests.
The completion of the aircraft concludes the Centre’s “First in France 1914” project, which commemorated the centennial of WW1 and the five squadrons formed at RFC/RAF Montrose during the conflict. While focusing on the location’s contributions to the expansion of military aviation, a special emphasis was placed on 2 Squadron, which was first to cross the English Channel into France at the onset of the war.
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After spending nearly two decades working to compile lists of US automobiles, Michael Antonelli has turned his attention to early aircraft with his new book Aeroplanes: A Compilation of the World’s Original Aircraft Built Before 1920, which covers many of the achievements of the period by examining the actual, original aircraft that participated.
There are approximately 550 early aviation “survivors” throughout the world today. They are found in museums, in airport terminal displays, in private aerodromes, and in private hands. This book documents the who, what, and where of the aircraft that remain in existence today.
The 276-page book is currently available in paperback format and will no doubt be a valuable reference for enthusiasts, builders and modelers alike.
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On August 20th, the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California will host “WWI and Early Aircraft”, a special event “focused on the role of aviation in the Great War”.
The event, which lasts from 10am-noon, will include an overview of the conflict and the types of aircraft that participated, as well as early pilot training and the resulting aces and tactics.
The keynote speaker will be noted author and filmmaker William Wellman, Jr., who will discuss the life of his father, a decorated WWI aviator and Oscar winning filmmaker, and the production of several WWI-focused films. The event will conclude with a showing of Wellman’s latest film project, a documentary about his father, which was produced by the museum.
For additional information, click here.
A restored Bleriot XI has hit the market, offering a rare opportunity to own an original example of this legendary machine.
The aircraft, SE-AMZ, is powered by a 50 hp Gnome Omega rotary engine and was originally constructed by Swedish aircraft and engine manufacturer AETA (AB Enoch Thulin Aeroplanfabrik) in 1918.
The machine was originally destined for Nielsen & Winter’s flying school in Copenhagen, but WW1 ended prior to delivery. Instead, the Bleriot went to the manufacturer’s flying school at Ljungbyhed. In 1926, the aircraft was acquired by Swedish artist Anna Sahlström before being placed in storage for 60 years.
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The latest edition of Ghosts: The Great War, featuring the work of famed aviation photographer Philip Makanna is now available. The 2017 edition includes air-to-air photos of the the Curtiss JN-4H Jenny, Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe, Albatros D.Va, Sopwith Triplane, Fokker Dr.1 and many more aircraft from some of the world’s finest collections.
Like previous editions, the 2017 calendar will feature a unique chronological history of the aviation events of the war, aircraft specifications and silhouettes and large format 20″ x 14″ pages (opening to 20″ x 28″).
Click the link below to view the product page and images appearing in next year’s calendar. To view our complete selection of 2017 aircraft calendars, be sure to visit our online shop!
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The Duxford-based Historic Aircraft Collection recently welcomed a Sopwith Pup which will soon perform its maiden flight.
The Thulin Le Rhone-powered aircraft was reconstructed by Retrotec in East Sussex and includes “original Sopwith factory and period Sopwith Pup components”. The machine is painted in the colors of N6161, a Pup flown by George Elliott which was captured and repainted in German markings after being forced down over Bredene in 1917. Original parts from N6161 have survived and were incorporated into the build.
The aircraft will reportedly be temporarily based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where it will fly its test schedule before being collected by its new owner.
Click here to watch recent engine tests.
On July 9th, a Bleriot XI-2 replica (F-AZNP) suffered an accident while flying from Vichy-Charmeil airfield in central France.
It is suspected that the rotary-powered aircraft suffered a loss of power shortly after takeoff, which caused it to crash in an inaccessible wooded area. Although the pilot was relatively unscathed, the passenger suffered serious (although apparently non-life-threatening) injuries. Both were airlifted from the scene and transported to a nearby hospital.
The aircraft, which was reconstructed by two friends, was participating in the 69th annual Eurofly’in event when the accident occurred. The machine suffered substantial damage.
Click here to view footage of the rescue operation.
From Early Aero’s sister site Enterplanement: An online petition has been launched to reopen the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond, which was reportedly closed by the Virginia Science Museum last month.
The petition states that the museum was closed “with little advance warning and without the concurrence of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society”, the organization that formed and maintained the facility for many years.
The reason for the closure was said to be “extensive repairs” that could not be justified. However, the petition states that “the Science Museum’s own engineers concluded that the building would be good for at least ten more years” and further that the museum has “ample funds to make the repairs and to operate the museum”.
The petition seeks the establishment of a contract between the Aviation Museum and the airport authorities to keep the facility open for the foreseeable future. To sign the petition or obtain additional information, click here.