August 06, 2005

WWI Image Archive 'EarlyAviator': Large collection concentrating on air-ware. Includes airships, guns, planes, posters/paintings/badges & death photos. The site could use a makeover with thumbs but compensates with content over appearance. [The death section is pretty benign - nothing gruesome to my mind - mostly crash scenes/graves.]
  • Kuhl.
  • A large site, full of forgotten faces and flying machines. Thanks for these glimpses into the past, peacay.
  • It's interesting to see how fragile those planes were. Like dragonflies, really. The Grade Eindecker from 1910 is quite lovely, though I'm sure it wouldn't have been used in WWI. All and all, a very different take on "The Right Stuff." Can you imagine taking off in one of those planes, listening to the sound of the motor starting up after the propeller was wound up by someone on the ground crew, listening to it coughing a bit and then taking hold? (Yes, I have watched too many movies.) Knowing that you could go down like Icarus, but taking off anyway. I'm not a fan of war, but the personal bravery of men on either side who were willing to risk so much does touch me.
  • I agree with that path. Scary indeed, every time. But then again, I'm not sure whether I would do well even given the marvels of modern aviatronics.
  • Tuskegee Airmen honored for World War II achievements Six decades after completing their World War II mission and coming home to a country that discriminated against them because they were black, the Tuskegee Airmen are getting high honors from Congress. The legendary black aviators will receive a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. The award is the most prestigious that Congress can bestow.
  • Shoot! wrong thread. Can someone please direct me to the proper thread for such a fine article?