On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 13, 2013 No Comments by

1897 – Birth of Hazel LeRoy Wallace, Canadian World War I fighter ace.

1907 – The first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft takes place when the Cornu helicopter, a French experimental craft, lifts inventor Paul Cornu (shown above) a foot above the ground for 20 seconds.

1942 – A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane rescues U.S. World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker and two other survivors of a ditched Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress from a life raft; they had been adrift in the Pacific for 22 days.

1944 – Civil air services to London are restored with the first flights carried out by Railway Air Services.

1947 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52, a British turbojet-powered flying wing.

1985 – Death of Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, Soviet World War II fighter ace and marshal of the Soviet Air Force.

 

Civilian, Featured News, Military

About the author

Online Editor I've been around airplanes since I was a kid. That's when my uncle, a professional pilot, showed me how to fly his Cessna 177 Cardinal. l later became a writer and editor, so covering the exciting and ever-changing aviation industry -- which I've been doing in Flight Journal's Flybys since the late '90s -- was a natural fit.
No Responses to “On This Day in Aviation History”
Copyright © 2014 Air Age Media. All rights reserved.