Do you know what today is in aviation history?

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With all of the horrible aftermath of super-storm Sandy, the endless barrage of political bickering, and winter approaching, how about a bit of of fun aviation history today?

A mere 505 years ago on this day a very accomplished man by the name of Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint a portrait of a man’s wife. Not an out of the ordinary artist’s commission, but the result became the very out of the ordinary portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, you probably recognize it…

Leonardo was also well known for his fascination with flight, so we have to feel a bit of a kindred spirit with the guy, right? Besides, isn’t that famous smile a pretty good fit for when we score that elusive upgrade we didn’t think we were going to get?

Well that is kinda kool but what does that have to do with flying? Something else interesting happened on this day as well! The first flight of an all metal plane piloted by Ponche and Prinard near Issy, France in 1912!

And you thought the most exciting thing about today was getting to set your clock back an hour later tonight and getting to sleep a little longer tomorrow morning (don’t forget to do that btw)! – René

PS – I have been doing some updates to the Best Points Cards links [they should all work now] and am working on the twitter page. What do you think of the 747?

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    Off topic
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  2. @Nina – Oh’my – let me (us) know what we can do to help. We are thinking of you! Please tell me you were insured! – Rene (& Hugs from all Delta Points readers I am sure!)

  3. Four 4 months have I stille have a stripped to the metal studs uninhabitable condo 🙂
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    Renee and Lisa!!!!!!!
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    What joy!!!!!!!
    To be out if the combat zone
    I am forever grateful to my dear kind community kindness in adversity friends
    I hope I may reciprocate in kind when things settle down way h for posted pictured

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