WORLD WAR 1 AEROPLANES, Inc., was founded by Leo Opdycke in 1961 and incorporated as a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in 1979. We publish two quarterly journals: WW1 Aero: The Journal Of The Early Aeroplane & Skyways: The Journal Of The Airplane 1920-1940. History comes alive within the pages of WW1 Aero and Skyways, which together offer a complete history of aviation from the pioneer era through the golden age. WW1 Aero details the beginnings of flight, from the time man first yearned to fly like a bird, through the primitive early flying machines, all the way to the dogfights of World War 1. Skyways indulges in the beautiful and innovative aircraft produced during the interwar period. Each journal brings you history in stunning detail, with rare photos, drawings and articles from preeminent aviation authors and historians. Take a peek at current restoration and replica projects around the world and learn about original construction materials and techniques. Read about the latest museum and air show news, find aeroplanes and parts for sale, or discover the world of vintage aircraft modeling. WW1 Aero and Skyways has it all.
WW1 Aero #215 – May 2013
215, May 2013, 100 pages – GUSTAVE WHITEHEAD CONTROVERSY: Jane’s Credits Gustave Whitehead with First Powered Flight (From the Editor); Whitehead and the Wrights: 1 Myth? 2 Myths? 0 Myths? (Leo Opdycke); The Flight Claims of Gustave Whitehead / The Wright-Smithsonian Contract (Dr. Tom Crouch, Curator, NASM); Open Letters: John Brown, Tom Crouch; detail of Whitehead section (NASM photo); From Kite to Glider to Powered Flight: The AEA Gets Into the Air; Harrowing Tales of Pilot Training at Payne Field; Differences Between the Thomas-Morse S-4B and S-4C: Lessons and Questions From an Ongoing Restoration (Part 2); Museums & Organizations: Wright Company Factory Restoration / Monument Proposal, Deutsches Technikmuseum Pfalz D.VIII, Elliott Museum’s 1911 Willoughby “Pelican”, Brand New Gnome Rotary Engine; Aircraft: Pierre Racette’s Second Blériot XI-2 Project, Craftlab Vienna Project Updates (Rumpler C.IV 1463/17, Hansa-Brandenburg C.I Series 29 & Hansa- Brandenburg KD.I Series 28 “Starstrutter”); Models (includes review of Flyzone’s R/C Fokker Dr.1 and S.E.5a); Aero Sim Flying (landing the FSX Fokker Dr.1); New Releases; Rise of Flight Communiqués (Review: Halberstadt D.II, Roland C.IIa and Nieuport 17 (GBR)); Publications; Wants & Disposals; From the Board (2012 Financial Report)
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Skyways #102 – April 2013
102, April 2013, 80 pages – Skyways Issue #102 features Extraordinary Aircraft of the Golden Age – A compilation of articles of unique and innovative designs from early aviation magazines. We also have a special focus on the Travel Air “Mystery Ship” Model R. Articles in this issue include: 1932 Lanier Vacuplane, 1935 Lanier Vacuplane, All-Wing Planes, Guerchais Tailless Lightplane, Raoul J. Hoffman’s Novel All Wing Airplane, The “Uniplane,” an All-Wing Type, The Arup Flying-Wing, A Low Aspect Ratio Plane, The New Arup, Claudio Luchina’s Arup and flying wing models, Ben Brown Tailless, Burnelli Model UB-14, 14-Passenger Transport, C.L. Brown’s Duplex Prop, A Scissors Type Convertible Aircraft, The E.A.A. Museum’s original Bugatti 100, A brand-new Bugatti Model 100P Reproduction, Golden Age Simulations Travel Air “Mystery Ship” for FSX, “Golden Treasures” – Travel Air Mystery Ship, NR1313 at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, The Travel Air R Mystery Ship, Pancho Barnes’ Travel Air Mystery Ship, From the Members, Models by Lou Buffardi, Stephen Wessel’s Miniature Armstrong Siddeley Lynx Radial Engine, From the Board, Wants and Disposals.
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Recent Additions to Online Store
(3/22/13) WW1 Aero #58 – Aug 1976; 22 pages: Bristol Scouts; AASH catalog Part II
(3/17/13) WW1 Aero #118 – Feb 1988; 106 pages: Pilot Reports (Avro IV, F2B, Avro 504K, Bellanca 1911, Bleriot XI, Bristol Box Kite, Bristol Scout, Curtiss Pusher, DH 5, D.VII, Dr.I, Pfalz D.III, Roland D.VIb, Pup, Caudron G-3); Historiography/ Aviation Press; 60 MINUTES/ White-head; Spad S.11 (dwgs) Fokker Spin (dwgs) LMG 08/15 m/g (Spandau) (dwgs) Wright front elevator; Archiv (Einstein); Cockpits XIV; overhauling the Hisso; Patents; IDX; Models (making thin edges); INDEX WW1 AERO #113-117
(3/16/13) WW1 Aero #56 – April 1976; 22 pages: Bruning-Forssman (Poll) Triplane Giant; more on front-mounted rotaries; reprint of C P Rodgers’ own book on transcontinental flight
(3/15/13) WW1 Aero #140 – May 1993; 144 pages: Wright Stuff IVb; Burgess XII; Rosamonde; Halberstadt Cl.IVs; repro 1911 Cessna; Jim Nissen’s Jenny accident; Drawings (incl orig Fokker D.VIII fus dwg II, original D.VIII rudder, Fokker D.III dwgs, Sopwith Baby construction); conservation of early engines; Roberts aeromotor; Burgess-White X-lG aeromotor; Cockpits XXXV, Roland C.II & Gotha G.V; Archiv (Russian a/c skis); Time’s Tarmac- Jenny formation photo; Models; Publications (Carpenter’s book PENDULUM, cont’d)
(3/7/13) WW1 Aero #128 – May 1990; 122 pages: The Wright Stuff (gliders); London-Manchester race; Alb D.Va photos, (dwgs) Lepere LUSAC; Archiv- Szigeti; Allies’ wartime aircraft; Woodall Sopwith triplane; Cockpits XXIV; Engines (OX5); dwgs: BE2, Sopwith Snipe, Hanriot seaplanes; IDX; Mus/Org; Models; Time’s Tarmac (Langley Field photos)
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