The gentleman aviator

Good day,

Living in the 21st century has its pros (e.g. GPS navigation helps me and my yacht avoid the more dangerous areas of Lake Griffith),  but also many cons. One of which is that some occupations that were once revered in society as involving only the gentlemanliest of gentlemen have today become diluted with bogans and gentleman imposters. I will highlight one such example of this today – the aviator.

Bert Hinkler signs this photo especially for The Gentleman Blog. Luckily I had the foresight to get him to sign this 77 years before the blog began.

You see, up until around the 1970s the aviator was a dignified, educated and courageous man. In fact, there were also many gentleladies who also fit this criteria.

A female aviator is known as an aviatrix. Ruth Nichols here watches her plane take off without her as this photo shoot runs overtime.

Unfortunately today, the profession has been taken over by every half-drunk RAAF drop out (or so I assume). Occasionally when the VH-Griffith is out of service I need to take the public airoplane for my travels. I am frequently abhorred. If only the Sopwith Aviation Company were still around…

Sean Connery shares my disdain for public aircraft. He's taking the direct route.

And not to mention the perils involved on public aircraft.

This happened to William Shatner one two separate occasions. What better reason to buy your own Sopwith Camel and fly yourself around the gentlemanly way.

Shatner and Connery were not the only notable gentleman to have an affinity with air travel, though.

Frank Sinatra attempted to build and fly his own aircraft, but mistook furlongs for chains and hence it turned out too small. He put it on his piano instead.

And let us not forget some gentleman who devoted their gentlemanly lives to the skies. They include the likes of Charles Lindbergh, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and Roger Ramjet.

Charles Kingsford-Smith was inducted into the gentleman's ranks for his love of a smoke. He then graduated to aviator. That's the way these things work.

Charles Lindbergh not only pioneered flight, but also pioneered overselling flights.

And here’s something you can impress your friends or that special lady with at the next soiree you attend. Harry Houdini was the first person to fly a plane in Australia.

A generic, vintage photo of an aircraft.

Until next time,

HL Griffith

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