Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gyro Style Plane

OK, we learned yesterday that some segment of our viewership was more interested in pilots than aircraft. The request was made to see planes with pilots. So here you go, right from 1911.


  1. Now THAT'S an interesting picture. Thanks, PJM!

  2. And here is a comment to keep your comment count up.

  3. Looks like he is already wearing a black arm band on his left arm. HMMM
    You think maybe he is not to sure of this plane.


  4. Awful small wheels on that plane.
    Must make for a hard landing.

  5. I wonder if they have a habit of tipping over forward even with those large skid on the front?

  6. Much better, PJM! Thanks for brightening my day!

  7. I also noticed the black armband. It seems the only protection he has is the goggles. Ah, Icarus, I knew ye well!

  8. Those pilots had more guts than brains back in those days.
    I guess one of the questions that comes up, who taught the people back then to be flight instructors.

  9. I would like to post another comment.
    "Another Comment"

  10. When I was a kid I lived near an old man named Slats Rodgers.
    He build his own plane back in 1911.He was a daredevil, smuggler , cropduster, instructor. I think he survived 29 crashes. He has a book "OLD SOGGY NO. 1". He died of natural causes as an old man, here in Texas. Yes, he was a very lucky person.

  11. OK. Here’s what I think:

    First of all, the guy sitting in this plane looks WAY too prissy to be a daredevil pilot as far as I’m concerned. I think this photo was staged.

    Secondly, with all the references this week to “Gyro,” I’m getting really hungry. Around here (in New England - and New York as well), the term “Gyro” refers to a really GREAT Greek sandwich. It’s sort of the Mediterranean equivalent of fast food.

    A gyro is grilled, seasoned meat (usually lamb or beef), lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and yogurt-based Tzatziki sauce, all rolled into a grilled pita or flatbread - messy, but delicious. Of course, the BEST gyros are the ones you get in the Greek diners, or from the street vendors in New York City.

    As far as I’m concerned, this has nothing to do with helicopters.

    Can we see some photos of Gyro sandwiches?

    PS - does anyone out there know what “NY System Hot Wieners” a.k.a. “Belly-Busters” are? That’s another Rhode Island tradition!!

  12. Careful. Next week might turn into Old Sandwich Week.

  13. I don't see anything in the picture to indicate that is a gyro. It appears to be pusher type biplane driven by a radial engine. An it appears that the fuel tank is right above the pilots head. Not the best place for it in a crash. As someone said, the pilot was probably braver than smart.

  14. "OLD SOGGY NO.1" That was the name for his first plane because one wing always drooped, or didn't have enough lift. SLATS RODGERS was the first pilot to be granted a license in Texas and was also the first to lose his license.


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