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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Death of Henri Cobioni, Swiss aviation pioneer; he is killed in the crash of his Blériot monoplane during a meeting at La Chaux-de-Fonds. 1915 – First flight of the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 (reproduction shown), a British single-seat World War I biplane fighter. 1943 – American Airlines Flight 63, a Douglas DC-3, crashes […]
On Flying DC-3s, -4s

On Flying DC-3s, -4s

When I was a little girl growing up on the west side of Cincinnati in the ’50s, I was obsessed with airplanes, but the closest I came to any were the distinctive V-tails that flew regularly over our house. And I remember my father saying, “There go the Hogans,” referring to four brothers who operated […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian aeroplane designer. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, his last victories of the war. 1947 – U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles “Chuck” Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1860 – James Wallace Black photographs Boston from the hot-air balloon “Queen of the Air” at 1,200 feet; the images are the first successful aerial photographs made in the United States. 1913 – A Seguin and Farman (of France) establishes a distance record by flying 634 miles; it is the last distance record before World […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – French aeronaut Count Henri de La Vaulx sets a non-stop, long-distance balloon flight record when he lands in Kiev after a 1,200-mile, 35-hour flight from Paris. 1933 – A United Airlines Boeing 247D is destroyed by sabotage near Chesterton, Ind.; it is the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Julio Ruiz de Alda Miqueleiz, Spanish aviator and politician. 1912 – First demonstration of a monoplane to the U.S. government is made by Bernetta Adams Miller with a Moisant-Blériot at College Park, Md. 1919 – KLM, flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – At Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Japan, Lt. Yozo Kaneko makes the Imperial Japanese Navy’s first flight, piloting a Farman seaplane for 15 minutes and reaching an altitude of 100 feet. 1912 – John Henry Towers achieves an American endurance record by rigging extra gasoline tanks to a Curtiss A-2 seaplane, allowing him […]
‘Otto,’ Fireworks Thrill Air Show Crowds

‘Otto,’ Fireworks Thrill Air Show Crowds

If you’ve frequented major American airshows in the last 25 years, chances are you’ve seen Otto The Helicopter, a 1985 Schweizer 300 with its canopy done over in clown face. Roger Buis is Otto’s second pilot; he and his wife Pauline bought the act in 1999. Buis has a pocket full of helicopter and fixed-wing ratings, an A&P certificate and […]

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First Woman to Solo Around World Dies

First Woman to Solo Around World Dies

In the mid-1960s, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock was seen at airports around the world, dressed in a blouse, skirt, high heels and pearls. But she was not on business trips or working as a flight attendant. Dubbed “the flying housewife,” Mock was a pilot on a quest to make aviation history. On April 17, 1964, after a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Ian Henry David Henderson, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down by Lt. V Tempest of the Royal Flying Corps over Potter’s Bar, near London, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain. 1931 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 49 (shown), a German […]
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