Aircraft & aviators

Over the years, Ernie collected photos of interesting aircraft and of aviators. Those presented here do not relate to any particular threads of story his, but may be interesting in themselves. Aircraft and aviators mentioned include:

  • Franz-Zeno Diemer - first aviator to reach the stratosphere in a fixed wing aircraft
  • Emory Conrad Malick - the first black individual to become a licensed pilot
  • Connie Wolf - balloonist and for a time the holder of 15 world records
  • Vincent Burnelli - the aircraft designer
  • Anthony Fokker - aircraft designer, and claimant to be the inventor of the synchronized machine gun
  • Fairchild Model 91 - a rare hydroairplane
  • L.W.F. Model H "OWL" - an early competitor offered for sale to the Post Office