1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly the English Channel. 1913 – First contest for the Schneider Trophy. Maurice Prévost wins in a Deperdussin monoplane, completing the 28 circuits of the 6.2-mile course with an average speed of 45.75 mph. 1935 – A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 makes the first airline flight from the continental U.S. to Hawaii; it takes two days. 1956 – U.S. Navy [...]
1892 – Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot. is born. He would become one of only a few pilots to score victories in both wars. 1916 – Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy Air Service aircraft deliver 13 tons of stores into Kut el Amara, Mesopotamia, while it was besieged by the Turks. This was the [...]
1898 – John Howard Umney, an English flying ace from World War I, is born. He flew as a gunner-observer in the rear seat of Bristol F.2 Fighters, and was credited with 13 official aerial victories. 1911 – The U. S. Army sets up its first permanent flying school at College Park, Md. 1934 – Renato Donati sets an altitude record of [...]
Amid all the controversy surrounding Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, better known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, the test force at Patuxent River, Md., recently distributed a great video of a B model doing the first JSF vertical landing at night. Thanks to DoDLive.mil, you can check out the video, below.
History and aviation buffs can rejoice at the season opening of the Selfridge Military Air Museum near Mount Clemens, Mich., this month. The museum on the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is open to the public from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, starting now through October 27. [...]
The Netherlands is to place its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II test aircraft into temporary storage, pending a final decision on how to replace its air force’s F-16 Falcon fighters, also built by Lockheed Martin. Newly appointed defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced the decision to park the test assets in a letter to the Dutch parliament on [...]
1837 – The earliest known aeronautical experiment in Canada is conducted by Canadian schoolteacher John Rae. He successfully launches a paper balloon able to carry weight. Its lift is provided by the heating of its blackened surface by the sun. 1933 – Italian test pilot Francesco Agello sets an airspeed record of 424 mph in the Italian [...]
The high-speed, high-altitude acrobatic maneuvers and tight formations of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be missing from dozens of festivals and air shows across the country this year. All Blue Angels performances for the remainder of 2013 have been canceled, the Navy announced Tuesday. The decision is a result of budget constraints caused by [...]