Felipe Fernandes Cruz

Felipe Fernandes Cruz was born and raised in São Paulo. He has now lived in the United States for 12 years, and is currently based out of Austin, TX where he is finishing a PhD in History. His specialties are in Latin American history and the history of science and technology.


  • An Art of Air and Fire: Brazil’s Renegade Balloonists (forthcoming)

    To be published November 4, 2014 in Issue Vol. 2, No. 4

  • The Aviator’s Heart

    The heart of the man who Brazilians consider him to be the true inventor of the airplane lies in a golden globe, preserved in formaldehyde.

    Published April 22, 2014 in Issue Vol. 2, No. 2

  • Amazonia 1952: FOUND

    A normal day at the archives takes a strange turn when Appendix editor Felipe Cruz finds a box full of personal effects recovered from a 60-year-old PanAm plane crash in the Brazilian Amazon.

    Published December 21, 2012 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 1

Blog Posts

  • Put A Propeller On It: the Golden Age of Tinkering

    The early twentieth century was a period of compulsive tinkering and forgotten inventions. A lot of them involved putting propellers on machines.

    Published February 24, 2014

  • Archiving the Future

    We often think of archives as repositories for tomes of crumbling paper. But what about our digital, online life of the past thirty years? Who is archiving the internet for future generations?

    Published March 28, 2013

  • Nazis in the Amazon Revisited: the Power of Rumor and Gossip

    An Appendix editor's research into declassified U.S. intelligence documents about the presence of Nazi agents in Brazil inspires a rumination on the role of rumors in history.

    Published January 29, 2013

  • DECLASSIFIED: Nazi Monks Against The Panama Canal

    In July 1942, the U.S. military worried that Nazi monks in the Amazon were building a secret air base to attack the Panama Canal. Based on declassified documents from U.S. Army Air Forces Intelligence.

    Published November 23, 2012

  • Travel Log: How to Manage Your Own Amputation

    Extracts from an expedition in the Amazon, 1931. An American pilot, visiting the region to study the potential to start an air route in the area, meets a man who amputated his own arm.

    Published November 16, 2012