September 22, 2018

Manred Von Richtofen

May 2 1892 – April 21 1918

World War I was in full effect. By May 1915 Manfred Von Richtofen had grown tired of merely working cavalry reconnaissance and longed for air combat. Upon receiving orders to work an even less fulfilling job, on the supply lines, he petitioned for transfer to the Imperial German Army Air Service.

“I have not gone to war in order to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose”, he boldly wrote on his transfer application. To his surprise, it worke...

September 22, 2018

Henri Farman

May 26 1874-July 17 1958

Moneyed Parisian fine artist, cycling champion and auto racer, Henri Farman, was in the unique position to purchase a biplane from aeronautical engineer and manufacturer, Gabriel Voisin.

On the 13th of January, 1908, Farman became the first person ever to cover a circular distance of one kilometer at the French

, claiming a substantial 50,000 franc prize. (Roughly 1.2 million dollars today).

After a string of record-breaking flights, Farman, along with brothers R...

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