Category General Aviation

Seventy-Plus Year Old Aircraft Designs!

By: Category: AirlinersAntiqueAviation HistoryBusiness AviationClassic AircraftGeneral AviationLockheedPhoto ScrapbooksSeaplanes

Mooney M-18 Mite – 1947

Yes, that’s right. All of these aircraft were designed at least seventy years ago… in 1950 or earlier. Many examples of these aircraft are are still commonplace at airports around the world, although they might be much younger in years than the original prototypes. Under each photo is the manufacturer and the year that the first prototype of the aircraft flew.  Its hard to believe that some models are approaching three quarters of a century of usefulness!

Ford Trimotor – 1925

Fairchild FC-2-W2 – 1927

Monocoupe 90A – 1927

Fleet 2 – 1928

Bellanca CH300 Pacemaker – 1929

Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4D – 1929

Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000 – 1929

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 – 1929

WACO ATO – 1929

Pilgrim 100B – 1931

WACO YKC – 1931

Pitcairn PA-18 – 1932

Junkers 52/3...

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No Longer Lightweights, LSAs and Ultralights Command Heavy Interest at AirVenture 2021

By: Category: Air Show PerformersAssorted Aviation PhotosEAA AirVentureGeneral AviationHelicopters

Opener’s BlackFly III electric VTOL Ultralight at EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021

To me, “Ultralight” used to mean a non-traditional type of aircraft… usually a single seat variety with a little engine and a structure that didn’t instill a lot of confidence. Over the past few years though, my thoughts have changed a lot, for a number of reasons. 

At the EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, For me, ultralights and newer light sport aircraft (LSA) groups used to be a small segment of the annual convention, tucked away towards the south end of the airport. Now, it is now a mainstream and must-see destination at the huge event. The Fun Fly Zone contains a dedicated grass airfield for ultralights and LSAs, and was busy place during all hours except when the afternoon and evening air shows occurred...

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The Human(-itarian) Side of 2021’s AirVenture

By: Category: Air FreightersAirbusAirshowsEAA AirVentureGeneral AviationMedical Aircraft

The EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 presented the theme of humanitarian-based aviation in a big way. There were a surprising number of aircraft and organizations present at the July event. The aircraft types ranged from heavy jet transports to a small Robinson R44 helicopter, with many more in the middle of the pack. Organizations’ operating areas contrasted from worldwide aid to localized operations. Some of the people present were missionary pilots, others were disaster relief specialists, and still others were medical and logistics professionals.

Two weeks prior to AirVenture, the EAA released a media advisory which, in part, stated:

July 8, 2021 – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is hosting a special attraction this year that will highlight humanitarian aircraft that focus on providing medica...

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