The History of Early Flight!

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

OK, let’s go through the history of all the people nuttier than me who flew in less conventional ways…

  •  1st century AD, Wang Mang tried to recruit a specialist scout, a man binding himself with bird feathers is claimed to have glided about 100 meters.
  •  Seventh century AD, It is said that at one time there was a Japanese law against man-carrying kites.
  • 852 AD, when Armen Firman made a jump in Cordoba, Spain, reportedly covering his body with vulture feathers and attaching two wings to his arms.His lack of tail feathers got him a bad back upon landing though.
  •  1010 AD Eilmer of Malmesbury, an English monk, flew from the tower of Malmesbury Abbey in a primitive glider. Eilmer was said to have flown over 200 yards  before landing, breaking both his legs. He forgot a tail feather too…
  •  1783, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier were the first men to attempt to fly a hot air balloon. It took off from the center of Paris and flew for 20 minutes. King Louis XVI suggested using condemned prisoners as pilots but the brothers persuaded him otherwise. The Chinese would punish you by sticking you to a man carrying kite too… I did not think it was that bad?
  •  1884, the first fully controllable free flight of a blimp was made by Charles Renard and Arthur

    Constantin Krebs in a French Army electric-powered airship, La France.

  •  1848,  Sir George Cayley had progressed far enough to construct a glider in the form of a triplane large and safe enough to carry a child. A local boy was chosen but his name is not known. I guess I was not the youngest to fly without a plane…
  •  1856, Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Bris made the first flight higher than his point of departure, by having his glider “L’Albatros artificiel” pulled by a horse on a beach. He reportedly achieved a height of 100 meters, over a distance of 200 meters.
  •  1871, Alphonse Pénaud flew the first aerodynamically stable fixed-wing aeroplane, a model monoplane he called the “Planophore”, a distance of 131 ft.
  •  1884, Alexander Mozhaiski constructed a steam-powered monoplane driven by one large tractor and two smaller pusher propellers. It was launched from a ramp and remained airborne for 98 ft.
  •  1896, Langley’s Aerodrome No. 5 made the first successful sustained flight of an unpiloted, engine-driven heavier-than-air craft of substantial size.
  •  1905, Wilbur Wright flew 24 miles (39 km) in 39 minutes 23 seconds.

So I was not that crazy! The truth be told, my flying was accidental.

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

Some of Max Teller’s Favorite Flying Things, Flash Gordon Memorabilia.

In today’s blog I am going to share with you my favorite Flash Gordon stuff. Here are my favorite rocket ships, Hawkmen, and ray guns from the classic Saturday morning T.V. show my Grandfather watched when he was my age.
A flying Hawkmen from Flash Gordon that resembles a Viking. One of Max Teller's favorite flying things. www.salemhousepress.com
Not exactly a Flash Gordon rocket ship, but similar. Still it is one of Max Teller's favorite flying things. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite Flash Gordon toys, a tin ray gun. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite flying thing from the Flash Gordon T.V. show, the rocket ship. www.salemhousepress.com

Why don’t you share with me your favorite rocket ships from the 50’s and up. Post them below! I would love to see them!

-Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite booksellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

My Favorite Rocket Ships of the 50’s

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Here are some pictures of my favorite toys.

 Now, How Cool Are They. 
I wish these toys were still around when I was young enough to play with toys. I am too sophisticated for them now. But, on the off chance you might have any of them, can I come and play with them?

 

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite booksellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

The History of Hot Air Ballooning

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Well I’m not the first to float around attached to a balloon. Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Though, I might of had the most fun! So lets look at its history!

  • Brazilian priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão on August 8, 1709, in Lisbon, made a small hot-air balloon of paper with a fire burning beneath it, lifting it about 13 ft in front of king John V and the Portuguese court.
  • On the 19th September 1783 Pilatre De Rozier launched the first hot air balloon called ‘Aerostat Reveillon’ with a duck and a rooster.  It stayed in the air for 15 minutes before crashing.
  • Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier were the first men to attempt 2 months later on 21st November. It took off from the center of Paris and flew for 20 minutes.
  • Two years later in 1785  Jean Pierre Blanchard and his American co pilot John Jefferies became the first to fly across the English Channel.
  • This same year Pilatre de Rozier (the world’s first balloonist) was killed in crossing the channel. His balloon exploded half an hour after takeoff because he used a hydrogen balloon and hot air balloon tied together that went kaboom!
  • Then on January 7th 1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard became the first to fly a hot air balloon in North America. George Washington witnessed the event.
  • August of 1932 Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard was the first to fly to the Stratosphere. He reached a 52,498 feet. Afterwards altitude records continued to be set and broken every couple of months.
  • In 1935 a new record was set and it lasted for the next 20 years. The balloon Explorer 2, a gas helium model reached an altitude of 72,395 feet (13.7 miles)! It was proven that we could survive in a pressurized chamber at high altitudes. This paved the way for future space exploration.
  • In 1960 Captain Joe Kittinger parachuted  from a balloon that was at a height of 102,000 feet. It also beat the high altitude parachute record. His body broke the sound barrier!!!

I remember an episode of Connections in which a scientist sent  two men up in a balloon using a  high-altitude oxygen system which used a vacuum flask of liquid oxygen to supply them for one hour at 15,000 feet in 1919. Only one chose to trust the device and only one man came back to the ground alive… Go figure!

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

Flying Into Space on Virgin Galactic!

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

How cool is that! Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines are creating a spaceport and a rocket ship to blast us off to space! Check out their website! It is like Buck Rogers, but for real!

Here are also some of my favorite Buck Rogers rocket ships!

Now my father says he was not old enough to play with these toys as a kid, but he did say he played with this Buck Rogers ship…

I do not believe him. My father is pretty old….

~Max

 

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

Black Sheep Squadron

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Hello again. Here is the real-life story of my favorite squadron, Black Sheep. They got to fly that cool F4U Corsair! They made a great TV show about them, but below I have attached a video going over the true story. Check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yyZY1aauxk

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite booksellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

Cool Castles I Flew Over while Hanging from My Balloons

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Castle Rock: Marblehead

Hammond Castle: Magnolia

Stillington Hall: Gloucester

Only if the wind would have changed I could have sailed inland toward Methuen and not have gone out to sea. In Methuen Edward Searle built a castle. Plus he built two more in Wyndham, New Hampshire.

Pine Lodge: Methuen

Searles Castle: Windham NH

I hope you enjoy these castle as much as I did flying over them on my balloons.
-Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite booksellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!

Movies With Cool Planes

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Ever wish you could of married the girl next door? I always wished I could, but my next-door neighbor’s name is Fred… Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying!  Now imagine a movie in which someone did and they both grew up to be pilots! I woke up this morning and the movie was playing on my Hulu account. It was called Ultimate Gs: Zac’s Flying Dream. I guess it was an Imax 3D movie.

Here is a link to the movie description:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240143/

This is the link to the trailer:
http://video.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ultimate_Gs_Zac%27s_Flying_Dream_%282000%29_-_Open-ended_Trailer_for_Ultimate_Gs_Zac%27s_Flying_Dream

Then after it was a movie called Skydance, rendezvous à Paris. It was about a reporter whose grandfather was an aerial buff who filled her head full of stories of great pilots and their tragic deaths. While interviewing a pilot he offers her a chance to fly co-pilot in his PC 7 (The plane had cool tiger shark teeth) during a race over the French countryside. If he was not so handsome, she would of been scared to death to fly after all of her grandfather’s stories. They flew over all these cool castles and gardens. I love King Arthur and English castles, but the French were far cooler! Granted they might of not withstood a siege as long… Also, the film had my favorite plane in it, a F4U Corsair! The movie was also an Imax film. Check it out!

Here is a link to the movie’s description:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330897/

You can watch this movie for free on Hulu now:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/93032

Now about the planes:

Pilatus PC-7

 

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

Hardpoints: 6 × hardpoints for bombs and rockets with a capacity of 1,040 kg (2,294 lb)[31]

F4U Corsair 

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

  • Guns:
  • Rockets: 8 × 5 in (12.7 cm) high velocity aircraft rockets and/or
  • Bombs: 4,000 pounds (1,800 kg)

 Here is a Navy movie teaching you how to fly the F4U:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoJbdGjSwM0

Here is a movie about the real Black Sheep Squadron:

I hope you enjoy the planes and the movies!

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book on Amazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite booksellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

George W. Bush’s Space Program

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Sorry about the lapse in posting. I took some gruff from a bigger boy on the playground about my enjoyment of rockets and I decided I hated rockets. Then I learned to ignore him after I found out he loves bullfrogs. They say he even has bullfrogs on his underwear… That is fine and it is fine I like rockets. I don’t think I ever hated them.

So it has been awhile since I looked up anything about rocket ships, so I started looking up what replaced the space shuttle. I knew from my father that George W. was a nitwit, but when I was searching about a new space shuttle I found out my dad was right.

When he was president he stopped the development of the Lockhead Martin X-33 space shuttle replacement for a cold war Apollo 13 alternative called the Orion. Here are the photos of both ships.

X-33 Futuristic
Orion Retro

What do you think? This is what I had expected by now.

Space 1999 Eagle Ship

Or at least this!

Flash Gordon Ship from the 50’s

Well here are the links about the various rocket ships. Below your welcome to post your favorite rocket ship and if you think we will ever use it.

Orion: NASA website.
X-33: Wikipedia Entry.
Eagle Transporter: Wikipedia Entry.
Flash Gordon: Wikipedia Entry.

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book on Amazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Top 4 Space Agencies

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today I got curious about who has the ability to go into space. I mean which countries? There has to be more now than Russia,China, and us…

This is a list of government agencies engaged in space programs related to outer space and space exploration.

As of 2015:

  • 70 different government space agencies are in existence.
  • 13 of those have launch capability.
  • 6 of them have full launch capabilities which include the ability to launch and recover multiple satellites, deploy cryogenic rocket engines and operate extraterrestrial probes.
    1. the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
    2. the European Space Agency (ESA)
    3. the China National Space Administration (CNSA)
    4. the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    5. the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    6. the Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA or Roscosmos)
  • 4 are capable of human spaceflight.
    1. NASA
    2. RFSA
    3. ISRO
    4. CNSA 

Well India is the only new guy who can send people into space. I think aliens are keeping us down… literally!

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book on Amazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.