I normally write about aviation history but recently the pleasant surprise of finding interconnecting events and individuals has once again surfaced and I felt compelled to ask this question.
While doing research on a not-so-well- known aviatrix, it seems she studied art under the tutelage of a Russian artist. Not an earth-shaking fact but looking for some more information on him, I discovered that he was associated with Citroën’s conquest of the Sahara. The car manufacturer developed specially-designed caterpillar-tracked vehicles to establish a vehicular path to Timbuctoo. This was 1923/24.
So much of my research takes me to this ‘El Dorado’ of Africa but that is another story all together. The Richard Halliburton flight around the world in 1931/32 involved Timbuctoo documented in my book, Flying Carpets, Flying Wings. A piece on Elly Beinhorn ends up with her doing exploration flying for Germany in Guinea. With her work complete, she flies north and crashes, yes, just outside of Timbuctoo.
And this goes on and on – But I’d like to learn what interesting connections others have made in their research.