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Jun 4
"The Hindenburg before she blew up in Lakehurst N.J.” (via the Boston Public Library on Flickr)

"The Hindenburg before she blew up in Lakehurst N.J.” (via the Boston Public Library on Flickr)

wind tunnel at the ONERA site at Meudon (via)

wind tunnel at the ONERA site at Meudon (via)

sunday fantasy #394: “At the Controls of the Aircraft of the Future”, from Popular Mechanics, May 1932

sunday fantasy #394: “At the Controls of the Aircraft of the Future”, from Popular Mechanics, May 1932

Nov 8
The Junkers EF 61 pressurised high-altitude bomber prototype, 1937 (via)

The Junkers EF 61 pressurised high-altitude bomber prototype, 1937 (via)

Nov 5
Mario Pezzi, who broke the flight altitude record on October 22nd 1938. Stills from a film that can be found here

Mario Pezzi, who broke the flight altitude record on October 22nd 1938. Stills from a film that can be found here

Nov 5
“Squadron Leader F.R.D. Swain is helped into his high altitude pressure helmet in front of his charge, the Bristol Type 138A, K4879, Farnborough, 10 September 1936” (via FlightGlobal)

Squadron Leader F.R.D. Swain is helped into his high altitude pressure helmet in front of his charge, the Bristol Type 138A, K4879, Farnborough, 10 September 1936” (via FlightGlobal)

Nov 5
“Space suit for stratospheric balloon. Spain, 1935.” (via, spotted on Dieselpunks)

Space suit for stratospheric balloon. Spain, 1935.” (via, spotted on Dieselpunks)

Nov 2
“Wiley Post walks slightly bent over toward the Winnie Mae, in preparation for a pressure-suit, airplane compatibility test. Note the criss-crossing support cords that help to keep the helmet from rising too high when the suit is inflated. The helmet faceplate is off. It was screwed on later when pressurization was necessary”


via a great download about Wiley Post, from the Smithsonian Annals of Flight

Wiley Post walks slightly bent over toward the Winnie Mae, in preparation for a pressure-suit, airplane compatibility test. Note the criss-crossing support cords that help to keep the helmet from rising too high when the suit is inflated. The helmet faceplate is off. It was screwed on later when pressurization was necessary”


via a great download about Wiley Post, from the Smithsonian Annals of Flight

Nov 2
“Wiley Post shows off his inflated full-pressure suit in front of the Winnie Mae. Note the wingnut on Post’s shoulder, just behind the helmet.The oxygen generator is on the ground next to Post, connected to the left side of the visor.The position of Post’s arms shows the relative stiffness of the inflated suit, something that would hamper pressure suit development for another 50 years.” 

Photo from an incredible free download of "Dressing for Altitude U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits–Wiley Post to Space Shuttle", by Dennis R. Jenkins

Wiley Post shows off his inflated full-pressure suit in front of the Winnie Mae. Note the wingnut on Post’s shoulder, just behind the helmet.The oxygen generator is on the ground next to Post, connected to the left side of the visor.The position of Post’s arms shows the relative stiffness of the inflated suit, something that would hamper pressure suit development for another 50 years.”

Photo from an incredible free download of "Dressing for Altitude U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits–Wiley Post to Space Shuttle", by Dennis R. Jenkins

Nov 2
"Full-length view of the first pressure suit made by Wiley Post, constructed at the BF Goodrich plant in California, 1934. This suit had no restraint system and Post was unable to bend his joints when pressurized. The book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Collection states that this was the first of the three pressure suits made for Post.” (via)

"Full-length view of the first pressure suit made by Wiley Post, constructed at the BF Goodrich plant in California, 1934. This suit had no restraint system and Post was unable to bend his joints when pressurized. The book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Collection states that this was the first of the three pressure suits made for Post.” (via)

Nov 2
“Renato Donati prepares for his record flight” (an altitude of 47,354 ft on 11th April 1934) (via)

Renato Donati prepares for his record flight” (an altitude of 47,354 ft on 11th April 1934) (via)

Nov 2
the Junkers Ju 49 pressurised aircraft, circa 1931 (via)

the Junkers Ju 49 pressurised aircraft, circa 1931 (via)

Oct 8
The Bugatti100p Project

The Bugatti100p Project

art by Jo Kotula (via)

art by Jo Kotula (via)

sunday fantasy #387

"circa 1930: A couple sitting on top of a futuristic looking sea plane. (Photo by John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)" (via)

sunday fantasy #387

"circa 1930: A couple sitting on top of a futuristic looking sea plane. (Photo by John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)" (via)