The authorities in Paris have declared that Charles Nungesser and François Coli flew across the Atlantic non-stop in May of 1927, almost two weeks before Charles Lindberg. New street signs have been installed in Paris, in the French pair’s hour. Research shows that the wings of a white biplane were found by the US Coastguard at the time. If they were from L'Oiseau Blanc – The White Bird, we may never know.
Driving from Wellington to Masterton over the Rimutaka Range – I thought they were mountains, but Kiwis see them as hills. Zig-zagging up and down in darkness and rain or wreathed in cloud is mildly alarming, but the locals just whizz along.
BLAST! Reloaded my blog to the server and all the text has gone funny. Not funny Ha! Ha! but funny peculiar. Fonts, spacing and size have skidded off in different directions. I will have to fix it all, but later. Ho hum…
While driving to TVAL's workshop in Wellington, I would drive through a tunnel decorated with remembrance poppies. Today is 11 November, exactly 99 years since the 'War To End All Wars' -- humankind is still working towards that objective... sort of.
A very nice video review of Old Aeroplanes No.1 by Allan Udy of the Historical Aviation Film Unit in New Zealand. HAFU have aviation DVDs, books and other items on their website and is well worth a visit. Most recently I spent four and a half minutes watching the cockpit video of a BAC Strikemaster zooming around an Ardmore Aerodrome display.