Rosebud!

No, not the famous last word of Charles Foster Kane but rather Rosebud’s WWI and Early Aviation Image Archive.

Actually the website of Rod Filan and maintained by “Rosebud”, it was a treasure trove of downloadable early aviation pictures from the early 1900s through the end of WWI.  I hadn’t visited in a while and when I tried to several months ago (I needed new background pics for the work computer) my bookmark didn’t work anymore.  My friend Mr Google couldn’t tell me what happened nor did I find any answers at the next best place I could think of for information The Aerodrome.

I still don’t know why it went away, but archive.org and their Wayback Machine found a version that’s still active: Rosebud’s WWI and Early Aviation Image Archive.

It’s still well worth a visit…

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Albatros D.V 1154/17 Ltn. Max Ritter von Müller Jasta 28

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de Havilland Airco DH2 in flight

 

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Too much, too soon – the Bristol M.1C Monoplane

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The Fokker scourge on the Western Front in the First World War had come and gone. The slaughter of the ‘innocents’ – principally the RFC’s ill-starred, over-stable, badly designed B.E.2 biplanes, in the ‘Fokker Scourge’- by the monoplane Fokker E.III Eindeckers, with their centrally-mounted, synchronized 7.92mm Spandau machine guns, had faded. The Royal Flying Corps needed better, faster ‘scouts’ as soon as possible, or it would cede the initiative to the German Luftstrietkraft permanently. Blind courage, as shown by the early British aviators, could only do so much. However, a possible solution was on the way.

Please read the rest here: Too much, too soon – the Bristol M.1C Monoplane