FLS Microjet

The FLS Microjet began life as the Bede BD5, initially a propeller driven piston engined single seater light aircraft. Its conception was way back in the 1970's and its development took longer and presented more problems than its creator Jim Bede was able to solve before finally going bankrupt. Bede even enlisted the help of ...

De Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth

The De Havilland Gipsy Moth was the mainstay of the British Flying Clubs from 1925 up until the beginning of the Second World War in 1939. The Gipsy Moth is generally regarded as being a preferable aircraft than the Tiger Moth although a flight in either one is guaranteed to be an unforgettable life experience. ...

Beechcraft C45H

The Beechcraft C45H is one of the post war variants of the original Beechcraft C18 of the 1930's. The C18 has been an aircraft that has seen a great many modifications and models over its thirty three years of production from 1937-1970. It is an aircraft that is small enough to be privately owned yet ...

Yakovlev Yak 3

The Soviet Yakovlev Yak 3 is one of the least known, but one of the most interesting of the fighter aircraft of World War II. And there is one for sale down in New Zealand, the land of the making of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, though to the best of our knowledge no ...

1935 Kinner Playboy R-5

Back in the days before Hugh Hefner created his empire around his magazine the word "playboy" did not immediately conjure up ideas of centrefolds. It simply described someone who had lots of money and who liked to use it to enjoy life. What better way to enjoy life back in those heady days of the ...

The Concorde Story

(Based on a post on found on silodrome.com) The Concorde was, without doubt the most daring and most beautiful passenger aircraft ever created. It also marks the swan song of the British aircraft industry. The almost one hour video below provides a history of the development of the aircraft with good insights to the process and the ...

Sun, Surf, and a Seaplane

I love seaplanes, I guess because I love flying and I really enjoy boats. So when we put the two together and go out on a flying boat then I'll be one happy camper. On a recent visit to Sydney, Australia I noticed there were seaplane rides available. One can take a "Romantic Dinner" flight ...