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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Rudolf Božík, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces. 1935 – The Bell Aircraft Co. is formed. 1940 – The preliminary phase of the Battle of Britain, the Kanalkampf or Channel battle, begins with German aerial attacks on convoys in the English […]
F8 Wings Folded

F8 Wings Folded

On January 22, 1968, I was a young LTJG at Miramar, attached to Navy Fighter Squadron VF-53 preparing for a deployment to Vietnam aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. As a final part of the pre-deployment regimen, all pilots were briefed to fly [ FMLP ] Field Mirror Landing Practice about 2100 that night. This was our last chance […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of William Edwin Jenkins, British World War I flying ace. 1910 – Walter Brookins attains an altitude of 6,175 feet in a Wright biplane, becoming the first to fly a mile high and wins a prize of $5,000 for his feat. 1933 – Flying their Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq” (shown), built in 1929 and […]
July 7th in Aviation History

July 7th in Aviation History

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane. 1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter. 1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while […]

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July 1st in Aviation History

July 1st in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of George William Gladstone Gauld, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1923 – The first commercial flight is operated by SABENA between Brussels and London. 1962 – The Boeing Vertol 107 II (shown), an American medium-lift, tandem-rotor helicopter, enters scheduled service with New York Airways. 1968 – Death of Willi Gabriel, German […]
June 26th in Aviation History

June 26th in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Cosimo Rizzotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1918 – Death of Edward Carter Eaton, Canadian World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Sopwith Camel. 1946 – The U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy adopt the “knot” and “nautical mile” as standard aeronautical units for speed […]

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June 23rd in Aviation History

June 23rd in Aviation History

1904 – Birth  of Alberto Ferrario, Italian aviator. 1924 – U. S. Army Lt. Russell Maughan makes the first one-day crossing of the U.S., completing the flight from Long Island to San Francisco in a Curtiss PW-8 (XPW-8B prototype shown) in 21 hours, 48 min. 1942 – First flight of the Martin JRM Mars, a large, four-engined cargo seaplane originally designed and built in limited numbers for the U.S. Navy […]
June 19th in Aviation History

June 19th in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Sidney Joseph “Jack” Cottle, British World War I fighter ace who served with the Royal Air Force through 1944. 1912 – The RFC’s Central Flying School opens at Upavon, Wiltshire, in South West England. 1942 – First flight of the SAAB 18 (shown), Swedish twin-engine bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 1945 – More than 480 Boeing […]

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June 17th in Aviation History

June 17th in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cedric Ernest “Spike” Howell, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, 21 Gotha bombers make Germany‘s second heavier-than-air bombing attack on England. Seven bombers attack small towns in Kent and Essex while 14 attack London. The attacks kill 162 people and injure 432. 1929 – Imperial Airways Handley Page […]
June 15th in Aviation History

June 15th in Aviation History

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance […]
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