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Jerry Collins & Ken Fletcher art - 30 March 2021
of a 1920's through 1945 flavor, that could easily
find a place to land on the Spontoon Islands
[including pulp-story & dieselpunk aircraft]
Speed Week: Racing Aircraft Inspectors
Concept, characters, art by Jerry Collins-
Inking & color by Ken Fletcher
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Racing officials inspect a
competing floatplane. Speed Week 1935,
on the Spontoon Island Lagoon. The aircraft and the crew are
on their understanding of the air-race rules, and
their compliance with
technical standards. The 4 inspectors in the foreground are
the checky-marked accessories of technical inspectors. The
one on the left
is an apprentice with the green-&-yellow check of the
race-course field judges.
One tech judge is pointing out the installationof a
Veeblefitzer & Courtney
oil pump on one of the two engines of this racing
* Aircraft Tenders *
18 June 2015
Update ship view 31 March 2016
Art by Jerry Collins
Ships that perform supply, repair, & ferry services
for navy & civilian aircraft, including floatplanes,
flying boats, blimps & rigid airships.
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Update of aircraft by Yuri Milovidov 20 November
More images & text of Visiting aircraft
With art by Yury Milovidov, A. E. Karnes, Daniel
Markku Immonen, lnago, Roy D. Pounds II, Arthur
Kjartan, Aleutian Wolf, & Christolithos
A Starsky Aircraft Corporation mail
flying boat, 'Maia'
A fictional aircraft by Yury Milovidov (from the world of the
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From Yury Milovidov's description on DeviantArt archive:
"The Starsky 'Maia' is a late 1920's - early 1930's style
flying boat drawn for the Dieselpunk
AU (alternate universe) known as Atlantic
Republic. All-metal wings (a novelty feature for
that era) were supposed to be corrosion resistant, which
was the idea behind moving them
down to the waterline, eliminating the pylons for
stabilizing floats to reduce drag and
thus increase the aircraft speed. The hatch to a small
cargo hold is located behind
the engine pylon. Some extra mail (or even a passenger or
two) can be placed in
the cockpit behind the pilot."
"'By the way, have you picked
out your plane?' her father inquired.
"'Yes, indeed! It's a Bellanca--they call it Model J
300. Just built for
ocean flights! Oh, Daddy, it has everything to make it
A capacity for carrying one hundred and five additional
of gasoline, besides the regular supply in the tanks of
and eighty gallons! And a Wright
engine, and a tachometer, and a magnetic compass--...."
(Mister Carlton & Linda - Linda Carlton's Ocean Flight
- by Edith Cavell,1931 - page 73)
Long-distance flight over the Pacific Ocean to
Bellanca J-300 Monoplane 1931
"Miss Nell Littlefoot and her Bellanca aircraft 'SORI Lady!'
at the end of the Eastern Island runway,
just after completing her long-distance flight (Chicago to
Spontoon Island) in 1931. Her navigator
was in later pictures, when they were able to wake him up.
Nell is overcome with awe, admiring her award from the Standard of
Rhode Island company,
with their exercise of industrial-aesthetic, the "Oil Over The
Waves" Oil Dispenser Trophy.
Her mood became more cheerful when she found out the 2-gallon oil
can base was stuffed
full of 20-dollar gold certificates.
This inscription on her autographed photo was only used for a
In the Spontoon Archipelago:
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Miazaki" by A. E. Karnes *****
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"Peacetime gunless A5M that never was."
reconnaissance floatplane (used by the Netherlands Navy).
**** As seen in the Spontoon Archipelago circa 1935 - by
Jim Groat ****
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& here (713 KBytes)
* "The Glass Goose" -
privately owned Grumman Goose flying boat *
"4 views by Loretta E. Pike" - Larger files here (624 KBytes) and here (1.8 MBytes)
From the pulp magazine story: "The Gaze:
The Glass Goose"
written & illustrated by Warren Hutch - email@example.com
Update 28 January 2015
aircraft (original designs)
to new webpage)
"2:00 am Run"
- by Jerry Collins
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Miyazaki III" - by A. E. Karnes *****
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***** "A different kind of flying ship" *****
* The "Mary Anne"
Seaplane (circa 1934) - by Jerry Collins *
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An Emergency/Rescue Biplane Floatplane used by
one of the island nations in the Nimitz Sea region.
Upload 19 October 2015
Plan views of the Conway R-3
floatplane - R.J. Bartrop
- very large image here
More images of the R-3 on the Speed
Updates October & December 2014
Balloons, blimps, dirigibles - as sometimes seen
in the skies over the Spontoon Island Archipelago
12 February 2015
Art by Simon Barber,
Jerry Collins, & SAGallacci added
** 9 June 2016 - Art by Jerry Collins added **
In the Spontoon
Map of main
seaplane terminals in the Spontoon Lagoon
for scheduled passenger & freight flights, including
East dock of the Casino
Island Seaplane Terminal.
(This is the smaller regional terminal.)
wind tunnel (Art by Simon Barber)
Borrowing the wind tunnel to do some industrial research.
Secret Engineering? (Scott
Speed Week billboard
on beach - by Warren Hutch
** - including aircraft racing
aircraft at the air races!
"Speed Week" in the Spontoon Archipelago
& other racing aircraft
Update 24-31 August 2016
See Beryl's modified Spitfire at the 1946 trophy races....
Enthusiasts" by Jerry Collins - inks by Ken Fletcher *
A family of tourists watches seaplane time trials in the
during Speed Week - With
commentary by a Racing Committee Guide.
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Features a "Beginner's Guide to Airplanes"
by M. Mitchell Marmel
Photos & Art
A sampling of real aircraft from the 1930s
& early 40s.
on 1930s air transport
by Ken Fletcher
(Upload 8 September 2008)
identification and decoration
Update 5 October 2009: Nose art by Stuart
Someone's got to keep everything
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Uploaded 24 December 2008: (collecting old & new
Update 19 March 2010
"...'It makes you feel quite superior to a
seat-of-the-pants pilot like me.
But I'll take an airplane, a road map on my knee, a
temperature gauges and a magnetic compass on my dash,
and I'll fly where I'm going when I want to.'...."
(Skid Payton's piloting principles, in Unreported by William O'Sullivan,
Five-Novels Monthly, May 1941)
An aviatrix visits
Spontoon Island in the 1930s!
(Possibly a view of the Eastern Island airfield?)
Courtesy of the artist, Milton Knight.
Crew at Seaplane Base - by Jerry Collins
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Drucker Airlines crew
uniform (circa 1939) (Stuart McCarthy)
Drucker Airlines stewardess
uniform (circa 1941)
by Chris Goodwin
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