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Twelve Aviation Originals

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Twelve Aviation Originals

Last year we did the Twelve Days of Aerial Combat, just for fun. This Christmas, remembering the Wrights' telegram this past week in December 1903, we found twelve numbers associated with some aviation firsts, which demonstrate just how fast aviation progressed from December 17, 1903 to July 20, 1969.

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Teaching History to the Young and Uninterested

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Teaching History to the Young and Uninterested

Here is an example of how to teach history. Picture a man wearing the Ernst Udet "Du Doch Nicht!!" t-shirt who comes upon a boy young enough not to see any value in tact. Tactless Boy: Duh doc night? What's that? History Guy: (in perfect German accent) Du doch nicht means, no you don't, except stronger than that. Maybe like, no way Jose! You know who said it? Tactless Boy: Nah. Don't really care, either. History Guy: Ernst Udet. He was an ace in World War One. Ever heard of the Red Baron? Tactless Boy: Was he an old guy like you?...

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Twelve Days of Aerial Combat

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Twelve Days of Aerial Combat

On the twelfth day of combat, my squadron gave to me Twelve gunners gunning, Eleven valves a-leaking, Ten pilots griping, Nine bullets glancing, Eight blades not spinning, Seven pilots sweating, Six bombers laying, Five victories! Four flaming Fokkers, Three Frenchmen fired, Two hurtled down, And one Nieuport in a pine tree. Notes: 1. For engineers who are busy subtracting seven pilots sweating from eight blades not spinning, and wondering where the other pilot is - well, there's the one in the pine tree. 2. About "bombers laying" - the Red Baron, before he was a fighter pilot, flew in a bomber. In...

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