The original beginning of this project was sometime around 2007.
When the hundredth anniversary of air racing was approaching, planning
was started for a series of articles about the first races for
"Bent Throttles", the newsletter of the Racing & Record
Aircraft Special Interest Group of the International Plastic
Modellers' Society (www.ipmsairrace.org). We soon found out that
very little had been written in English about this interesting era, and
that much of what was written was incomplete and inaccurate.
One thing lead to the other, and after a couple of years of information collecting the project had grown far beyond the modelling context. There's lots of information around. Old magazines and newspapers, which often covered the events in detail, are increasingly being made available online. Through a lucky coincidence this first "Golden Age of Aviation" coincided with the golden age of the photo postcard. These old postcards are a little-known gold mine of relatively cheap photos from those first aviation meetings of more than 100 years ago.
This website is an effort to share the results of this research with a broader audience. We hope you enjoy it!
A project of this kind is never finished. There will always be something that could be corrected or improved, or a better photo that could be added. We welcome your contributions!
The focus of the site is the "The meetings" pages. Most of them have five tabs:
In general, the metric system uses is for distances and speeds.
Times of the day are given in 24-hour format, for example 17:15 is a quarter past five in the afternoon.
Time was in those days measured to a precision of a fifth of a second. This has been converted to decimals.
Elapsed times are given with a colon between minutes and seconds. Seconds can have decimals, for example 1 h 23:45.6.
We don't want to weigh this site down with footnotes and detailed references. The main source material is articles and reports in contemporary newspapers and in flying and sports magazines, for example the following:
The photographs and maps used on this site were created more than a hundred years ago, and most often anonymously. We believe that they are all in the public domain.
The information published on this site is free to use, but we appreciate if credit is given.
The exact texts and the layout of the site are of course protected by copyright.
Many pages of this website contain lots of images. They will load slowly if you don't have a fast internet connection, but we hope they will be worth the wait.
This website is developed according to HTML 4.01 and CSS 3 standards. If you don't think it looks right it might be because you run an ancient web browser that doesn't support these standards.