View Full Version : History According to Bob... WWI Aces

05-25-2008, 01:39 PM
I just noticed, while downloading my most recent batch of podcasts, that my favorite history show's most recent posting is WWI Aces overview.

He has done some interesting and excellent history lessons on some WWI aviation topics. One about the materials and construction techniques of WWI aircraft. Another on the (if I remember correctly) Lewis Gun and it's use on airplanes, as well as the envy that ground troops had. They would take the guns off crashed planes and convert them back for ground use.

Usually if he does and over view, that means he will be doing a detailed history of specific aces.

Something I thought you guys might enjoy.


05-25-2008, 01:46 PM
his history of aviation pages...


06-03-2008, 02:50 AM
Interesting websites! I must confess I am a history buff myself.

06-21-2008, 01:55 AM
I am not an historian, but after reading Bob's conclusions about the Langley Aerodrome I completely disagree with him.

Professor Langley was a brilliant man and almost solved flight.

He had no means of turning his Aerodrome.
His wing braces were mounted in the wrong places and that cause the wings to fold up.
The crash was described as akin to a wet bag of mortar hitting the water.

The engine designed by Manley was a work of genius.
Had Langley got it right about controlling the plane and made it structurally sound, he could have been the first person to fly.

But he didn't envision the process for steering.

After the Wright's flew, Langley was one of the Wrights greatest champions.
Without Langley's efforts the Wright Flyer would still be in England.

When Curtiss rebuilt the Aerodrome, he attached a single long float to the plane.
This float gave the plane the rigidity it lacked before.

Curtiss also changed the structural bracing for the wings.
Without these modifications the thing never would have flown.

Also Curtiss was a seasoned excellent pilot, Langley was not.

The Langley vs the Wrights controversy lasted for years, even Langley said the Wrights flew first.
I am always amazed how many people misinterpret history.


Sorry for the rant, but this kind of ticks me off.