The more history fades, the more clutching at straws begins....though it'd be nice to think that there's still an unknown centurion survivor out there somewhere who's managed to stay under the radar all of this time!
I just thought of a new (silly) revisionist theory.Maybe it was really the Skipper and Gilligan who were on Titanic's Bridge and Gilligan accidentally steered the Titanic onto the side of the iceberg.Next you see the Skipper take off his captain's hat and hit Gilligan's head with that captain's hat. LOL
David, Nungesser was a fighter ace during WW1, the planes he flew all had a black heart shape on them with a coffin, skull and bones and candlesticks inside the black heart, he was a top flyer, I wonder what happened to the plane for him and Coli to ditch?
Hi George, Yes, Charles Nungesser was a top French fighter ace of WW1, he had the macabre device on all of his planes, mostly Nieuports and Spads, I think that he had over 40 victims to his credit by the end of the war.
Sounds like he was doing the Danse Macabre with his art on his plan. Actually skulls and crossbones, spads used to be on pirate ships, tombs and emerged during the late middle ages during the black death with everything else that celebrated death. Spads or shovels were used to dig graves which is why they were dipicted with skulls.
I thought he painted a 'Spade'. although I have never heard of a 'Spad' being referred to as a plane so this is quite a learning experience for me. The only history I studied of the Great War was the Lusitania and the 1927 silent film "Wings".
That is a great painting of Nungesser in his 'Spad' with his jolly roger on the side. Nice to see a plane too instead of a painting or drawing of a ship here on ET. =-)
Hi George, ha ha, yes, it does make a change seeing a plane on here doesn't it. Charles Nungesser ended the war with 43 victories, but there were other French aces with more, these were, Georges Guynemer with 53, and Rene Fonck with 75. Wings, now that's an old one, Clara Bow and Gary Cooper, and also Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels starring Jean Harlow, there was also a Wings BBC TV series a number of years ago, all good stuff, if, like me, you enjoy all things military.
Morning Martin, Sure does, thanks for sharing the painting. I love Hells Angles and Wings.
Yes Wings is an oldie. Actually I wish Hollywood would do a remake on that one. It has a good story and some great air shots for the 20's. Actually, Hells Angels is a good movie too. I did not know that Wings had been remade on BBC.
regarding Military movies it depends. I grew up with "Bridge On The River Kwai" and John Wayne movies my dad having been a huge Wayne fan. So I like a few of them. I love "The Eagle Has Landed" and Ken Follett "Jackdaws" both of which are spy thrillers along the lines of Agatha Christie's "The Secret Adversary". So I'm kind of so, so on military movies. I do like Horatio Hornblower though.
Hi George, Yes there have been some great films made over the years, one of my all time greats would have to be 'Where Eagles Dare', with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and that 'captured' Junkers Ju 52 in Alpine winter camo, brilliant film. Yes, Hornblower is good, and so is Sharpe, both based during the Napoleonic wars, when Britain had great men like Wellington and Nelson. The BBC 'Wings' was a series based on flyers in the RFC and their families back home, it wasn't a remake of the old film, some of the 'dogfight' scenes were very good.