Aviation History

The End of the Airship Era: The Hindenburg Disaster

Rigid airships were developed in the early 1900s. In Germany, Hugo Eckner was instrumental in popularizing airship travel. In 1924, Eckner commanded the airship Los Angeles during its flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Encouraged by the success, he was responsible for building the even bigger airship Graf Zeppelin. Beginning in 1928, the Graf Zeppelin regularly Read More…

Messerschmitt Taifun
Aviation History

Messerschmitt Taifun

In the 1930s, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke designed the The Messerschmidt Bf 108 Taifun, a single-engine, all-metal, sport and touring plane. The four-seat craft was created to compete in the 4th Challenge International de Tourisme (1934). Originally called the M 37, its first protoype flew in the spring of 1934. It had a 250 PS (247 hp, Read More…

airfoil history
Aviation History

History of the Airfoil

Some of the first research on curvatures or the camber of a wing, known as an airfoil, was conducted by the famous Wright brothers. As powered flight was in its infancy, airfoils were traditionally hand-built for each aircraft. Prior to World War 1, there was no standardized airfoil that was used on multiple planes, and Read More…