Search Avialogs

Benoit

Benoit

Private pilot, Aviation history enthusiast. Avialogs.com founder.

Posted by on in History

300px-Il-10 SilhThe AMPAA in Melun-Villaroche, France is restoring two Il-10 Sturmovik. 

The Ilyushin Il-10 is a cousin from the famous IL-2 Sturmovik. Derivated from the Il-1, as a 2 seats heavely armoured attack aircraft, it was propulsed by a more powerful, Mikulin AM-42 engine (1770HP).

In October 1944, the Il-10 first entered service with training units in the Soviet Air Force. In January 1945, the first Il-10 combat unit entered service with the 78th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment, but it did not enter action due to unfinished training. However, three other Il-10 units managed to take part in the final combat actions of World War II in Europe. They were the 571st Assault Aviation Regiment (from 15 April 1945), the 108th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment (from 16 April 1945), and the 118th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment (on 8 May 1945). About a dozen aircraft were destroyed by flak or engine breakdowns, but the Il-10 appeared to be a successful design. One was shot down by an Fw 190 fighter, but a crew of the 118th Regiment shot down another Fw 190 and probably damaged another. On 10 May 1945, the day after the official Soviet end of the war, (Victory Day), there were 120 serviceable Il-10s in Soviet Air Force combat units, and 26 disabled ones.
1-avia-cb33-UII10-cvic


After the USSR reentered the war against the Empire of Japan, with the invasion of Manchuria, from 9 August 1945, one Il-10 unit, the 26th Assault Aviation Regiment of the Pacific Navy Aviation, was used in combat in the Korean Peninsula, attacking Japanese ships in Rasin and rail transports.


After the war, until the early 1950s, the Il-10 was a basic Soviet ground attack aircraft. It was withdrawn from service in 1956. At the same time, work on new jet-powered dedicated armoured ground attack planes (like the Il-40) was canceled, and the Soviets turned to multipurpose fighter-bomber aviation. The Il-10 and its licensed variant, the Avia B-33, became a basic ground attack plane of the Warsaw Pact countries. From 1949 to 1959, the Polish Air Force used 120 Il-10s (including 24 UIl-10), and 281 B-33s. In Poland, the B-33 was modified to carry 400 l fuel tanks under its wings. From 1950 to 1960, Czechoslovakia used 86 Il-10s, including six UIl-10s, and about 600 B-33s. From 1949 to 1956, the Hungarian Air Force used 159 Il-10s and B-33s. From 1950 to 1960, the Romanian Air Force used 14 Il-10s and 156 B-33s. Bulgaria also used these aircraft.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 161454 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in History

Robert Yarnall RichieRobert Yarnall Richie (1908-1984) worked as a free-lance commercial and industrial photographer for many large corporations including those in the automobile, aviation, chemical, mining, petroleum, railroad, shipping, steel and other industries, both in the U.S. and overseas. Richie's work is significant for its artistic qualities as well as documentary information.

Richie often worked for Fortune, Life, Scientific American, The American Magazine, Time, National Geographic and other magazines, in addition to illustrating annual reports for Fortune 500 companies including General Motors, U.S. Steel, Gulf Oil, Phelps Dodge, and Dresser Industries among many others.

Richie further branched out into shooting oil production images in such areas as Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. Richie expressed a preference for oil work, “There’s drama in steel, but there’s more romance in oil,” he said, “oil has so many different angles to it as an industry. Oil really has a story to tell in pictures.”Grumman G-21

An avid pilot, Richie's work also contains thousands of aerial photographs from many locales, including hundreds of estates and clubs in Palm Beach, FL, Long Island, NY, Newport, RI, and other wealthy suburbs. Other aerials include well-known buildings in New York City, as well as bridges and other landmarks.

As a pioneer in the field, he excelled in making artistic views of corporate industrial subjects in a mid-century modernist style. Richie often took unusual angle shots creating dramatic photographs of what could have been mundane subjects.




Does it was Richie who inspired Beechcraft or inverse ?

...
Last modified on
Hits: 35235 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in History


We wrote about this project a few weeks ago. The Bugatti 100p is not ready to fly but the project has reached another milestone with her roll-out. The aircraft is structurally complete. There is still a lot of work to do but we can not wait to see her fly ! 




Last modified on
Hits: 21581 0 Comments
0

Posted by on in History

The P-51D Galveston gal based at the Lone Star Flight Museum crashed today, October 23th, killing 2. 

Pilot Keith Hibbett, 51, and John Stephen Busby, 66, died in the 11:35 a.m. crash near the middle of the bay just at the Galveston and Brazoria county line, Sgt. John Sampa, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said. Our condolences to all family and friend of those lost today.
II2galveston1

Last modified on
Hits: 19659 0 Comments
0

takeoff-500x333

 

The Travel Air D4D Sky Siren is back to the Sky. Her last flight was during the 50's. The restoration has been done by Aerocraftsman. 


For more information and photos:
http://www.aerocraftsman.com/projects-inprogress/?album=9&gallery=9

Last modified on
Hits: 24421 0 Comments
0

rambler-1-cf-alo2One more ambitious project is born with Avialogs. After spending years within literature about aircraft, helping and collaborating with teams restoring wings from the past, the desire to bring back to the sky one of them is born.

As Avialogs is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a city with a rich aeronautical past and present, the choice has been halted on the Curtiss-Reid Rambler.

There is no survivor of this aircraft known and from my own point of view, the aesthetic of this aircraft is the essence of what a biplane should be. From a building perspective,  the required time is estimated between 3000 and 4000 hours.

UPDATE: For financial reasons, this project will be on hold for an undetermined time. Focus will be set on the Stinson 10a.


The aircraft will be a Curtiss-Reid Mk.I Replica.

Please
 contact me if you can find:

...
Last modified on
Hits: 61486 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

You will find below a list of all Curtiss Rambler built. If you notice some mistakes or if you have additional informations/photos, please contact me.

Rambler Production record

 

Construction Number Mark RCAF Registration Owner Civil registration Date CoR Fate
1000 II   Curtiss-Reid Flying Schools Ltd /Montreal G-CAVO 29.09.28 514 Dismantled 12.12.39 fuselage used for CF-BPB

1000 II   Century Motors Sales Ltd CF-AAU     Dbr forced landing on delivery flight Gananoque Ont. 21.3.29
1001 II   Century Motors Sales Ltd >Curtiss-Reid FS CF-AAV 12.04.29 576 Dbr practising spins at low altitude Cartierville PQ 16.8.31
1002 I            
1003 II  XC   G-CYXC
CF-CDY
17.10.29
07.03.32
 1103 SOC 18.09.36 Rereg
Stalled during takeoff from farm field Napinka Man 12.7.34 (Ottawa Car Mfg Co built)
1004              
1005

II

  Curtiss-Reid Aircraft

CF-ABO

...
Last modified on
Hits: 55556 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

The Curtiss-Reid Aircraft Co Ltd was formed in december 1928 when the New Yrk based Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company took a controlling interest in the Reid Aircraft COmpany of Montreal. The Canadian company had itself only been set up in February of that year by former Canadian Vickers designers Wilfrid T Reid and MJ Berlyn. Together, they designed a two-seat sesquiplane as a club trainer, private tourer and light transport aircraft. This aircraft first flew at Cartierville, Montreal on 23rd September 1928 piloted by Martin Berlyn and was named the Reid Rambler at a demonstration ceremony on 29th September.

The Rambler's Fuselage was a rectangular structure of welded steel tube, fabric covered, as was the tailplane which consisted of a one-piece horizontal unit and a balanced rudder with no fixed fin. Tandem open cockpits with full dual control were to be standard. The wings, which folded for storage, consisted of duralumin spars and ribs, fabric covered , with the top wing supported above the fuselage on Steel tube struts. The interplane struts, also of steel tube, were circular in section on the prototype but streamlined on production Ramblers, forming a V when viewed from the front. Simplicity was achieved in design by making each side of the undercarriage interchangeable and by making the wing spars of dural tubing which was simply cut to lenght and slightly flattened at the outer ends 

Trimming was accomplished by means of a spring in the control system. This was engaged by a lever on the left side of the cockpit which was usually referred to as the "Cheese cutter".

A 20 gallon (90 litres) fuel tank was fitted in the centre section of the top wing. Sharply angled, almost triangular, ailerons were fitted to the top wing only.

The undercarriage consisted of a pait of interchangable V-strut units with rubber shock absorbers. On the prototype a braking system linked to rudder application was designed to help ground handling but this was not used on production aircraft. A tailskid was fitted as standard and ski or float undercarriages were available as options.

Power was provided initially by an 80HP ADC Cirrus Mk.II 4-Cyl in-line engine, fully cowled, with metal propeller and spinner and with a short downward aligned stub exhaust.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 542278 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

b2ap3_thumbnail_1391790_10151901827789780_419209315_n.jpgThe Shuttleworth Collection is delighted to welcome home the unique and record breaking Percival Mew Gull racing aeroplane.

 

 

The Percival Mew Gull represents the “Holy Grail” of racing aeroplane development in the golden era of air racing during the 1930s. The success of this design culminated in the aeroplane winning the coveted King’s Cup Air Race in 1938 flown by Alex Henshaw. The race covered a remarkable distance of 12,754 miles, from England to Cape Town and back, and broke many records including the fastest time ever recorded by a British light aircraft in 1939.Henshaw is best known for his extensive testing of Spitfires during WWII.

 

...
Last modified on
Hits: 7755 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in History

The JN-4 Jenny from Candler Field museum is getting very close to flying ...  After an unscuccessful attempt on September 29th and a fuel leak in the tank, first engine run was done yesterday.

 

 

More information: http://curtissjennyrestoration.blogspot.ca/

Last modified on
Hits: 6103 0 Comments
0

Posted by on in History

Over the weekend the team working on the Bugatti 100p temporarily fitted the rudder-vators and ailerons to start the laborious process of fitting and rigging the flight control system linkages. 

 

More info: http://www.bugatti100p.com/

Last modified on
Hits: 3208 0 Comments
0
Last modified on
Hits: 13103 0 Comments
0

The reproduction of the LVG C.VI from Memorial Flight made it's first engine run on September 22th. 

LVG C.VI was a German two-seat reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft used during World War I.

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_LVG_C.VI.jpgThe aircraft was designed by Willy Sabersky-Müssigbrodt and developed by Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (LVG) in 1917. The C.VI was a further development of the C.V, which Sabersky-Müssigbrodt had made for his former employer DFW. It was lighter, smaller and aerodynamically refined, although its fuselage seemed more bulky. It was a biplane of mixed, mostly wooden construction. It featured a semi-monocoque fuselage, plywood covered. Rectangular wings of wooden and metal construction, canvas covered. Upper wing of slightly greater span, shifted some 25 cm (10 in) towards front. Vertical fin plywood covered, rudder and elevators of metal frame canvas covered, stabilizers (tailplanes) of wooden frame canvas covered. Straight uncovered engine in the fuselage nose, with a chimney-like exhaust pipe. Two-blade Benz wooden propeller, 2.88 m (9.45 ft) diameter. Flat water radiator in central section of upper wing. Fixed conventional landing gear, with a straight common axle and a rear skid. Aircraft were equipped with a radio (morse;send only); transmissions were by means of an antenna which could be lowered below the aircraft when needed. The crew had parachutes and heated flying suits. A total of 1,100 aircraft of the type were manufactured

Memorial Flight is restoring the french Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace and used this opportunity to build a replica, equipped with an original 240HP Benz engine..

...
Last modified on
Hits: 15531 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in History

b2ap3_thumbnail_mainjcanarys.jpg

Jack Canary was a Tech Rep with North American Aviation in China during World War Two. After the War, he continued to work with NAA and also built and restored aircraft. He worked as a consultant on the film “Tora, Tora, Tora” and was killed while flying a PT-22 for the film in 1968.

Photos source is the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive. Photos have been enlarged and color corrected

China:

India:

...
Last modified on
Hits: 41173 1 Comment
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in History

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ettore_Bugatti_in_1932.jpg

Bugatti name is more often associated with cars but has many links with the world of aviation. Ettore Bugatti, born in Italia, moved to Germany at the beginning of the XX century where he created his eponymous automobile manufacturing company.  After the beginning of the first world war, he was displaced from his home in Alsace and designed airplanes engines with a mitigated success. 

 Back to the automobile industry, he focused his company on prestige and luxury cars. During the 30's, he created some of his most remarkable designs. 

 One of them was the Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe built with a body made in aeronautic grade magnesium, the car done almost without welding, almost only riveted. b2ap3_thumbnail_originalsaerolithe_at_london_autoshow_1.jpg

...
Last modified on
Hits: 8058 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in Military

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_textron-scorpion-copy.jpgTextron, a company more known for manufacturing Lycoming Engine unveiled a new light attack jet. The goal is to field an aircraft capable of operating for less than $3,000 per flying hour

By contrast, the Pentagon in June cited the cost per flying hour of the F-16, which currently performs many of these missions, as $24,899.

The joint venture, Textron AirLand, introduced its Scorpion aircraft Monday during a trade show in Maryland. The two-seat, twin-engine jet is designed to tackle low vulnerability missions at a fraction of the cost of the planes that now take on those assignments.

“The aircraft’s design is well matched to the Air National Guard’s missions such as irregular warfare, border patrol, maritime surveillance, emergency relief, counter narcotics and air defense operations,” the joint venture’s website says.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 4051 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in AviaBlog

One more ambitious project is born with Avialogs. After spending years within literature about aircraft, helping and collaborating with teams restoring wings from the past, the desire to bring back to the sky one of them is born.

As Avialogs is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a city with a rich aeronautical past and present, the choice has been halted on the Curtiss-Reid Rambler.

There is no survivor of this aircraft known and from my own point of view, the aesthetic of this aircraft is the essence of what a biplane should be. From a building perspective,  the required time is estimated between 3000 and 4000 hours.

The goal is to do a first flight within 5 years.

The first year of effort is focused on retrieving documentations, to find support and partners for this journey.The version built will depend of the amount of documents retrieved.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 12720 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in History

In January 2013, a military exercise in US made the headline : A shopper was firing machine-gun blanks over the highway. 

And If I tell you that San Francisco was virtually destroyed by B2 bombers ? Ok ...It was a little more than 80 years ago, a bigger drill was done and B2 were not exactly stealth aircraft but Curtiss B-2 Condor.

mather_exercise

Several photos of this exercise are available online, most of them brought online by the San Diego Air & Space Museum archives but here are another set from Mather Field (Sacramento), not available online before to my knowledge. 

 The sacramento Bee reported that on April 3, "Thousands of Sacramento Valley residents saw the United States Army Air Corps put on the largest aerial review since the World War at Mather Field.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 23238 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in AviaBlog

A major acquisition has been done this month, around 250 new manuals have been added to the collection. They are mainly maintenance and service instructions from the 30's to the 60's and were the property of Aero Trades Inc. Most of manuals are for Aero Commander, Beech Aircraft (Model 17, 18, Bonanza and Twin Bonanza). 

The total acquisition includes around 500 pounds of documentation and covers more than 25 types of aircraft, with a focus on :

- Aero Commander 560, 680
- Beech 17 Staggerwing
- Beech 18 
- Beech Bonanza and Twin Bonanza
- Lockheed Vega, Lodestar
- Grumman Widgeon, Mallard

and Douglas A-26, DC-3, DC-4, Lockheed Electra, Republic Seabee, Ryan Navion, Sabreliner... 

The first work has been to sort all ... 9 Boxes, almost 500 pounds of books were received last week end. 

...
Last modified on
Hits: 13940 3 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in AviaBlog

37ae56dSince one year, the new version of Avialogs.com is online. This version is more ambitious than the one launched in 2010 but, working alone on the site, I do not have the time to bring it to the level I wish.  

In 2007, I had an accident and lost my medical for my private pilot license. In 2010, I decided to start this site as a way to keep in touch with other aviation enthusiasts. I earned back my medical end of 2011, but I decided to develop Avialogs to become the site I wanted from a WordPress blog to a more complex and complete service. This is the story behind the site. 

Now, with new work responsibilities (I am working as enterprise architect for a financial institution in Canada), my family, I can not spend more time to develop the site than I do now (1 or 2 hours per  day). The only solution is to hire a developer who will complete what has been started and introduce new fonctionalities. 

What must be done:

- Fix all documents titles. Around 4100 documents and manuals need to have their title and description fixed (instead a Todo followed by Reference number).
- Add new documents : More than 1200 aviation manuals and book are already in PDF and waiting to be published.
- Fix the viewer to support IE10
- Add Aviation database to the site with the possibility for registered user to add photos and comments for each aircraft.

...
Last modified on
Hits: 39004 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Login

Register

Support AvialogsSupport Avialogs
Register now !