On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – Birth of James Herman Banning (shown above), American aviation pioneer and the country’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast.

1910 – The Willows No. 3, an airship named “City of Cardiff,” arrives in France after the first dirigible flight across the English Channel, making the trip from London in 10 hours, 30 min.; it also is the first Channel crossing by airship made at night.

1938 – Three Vickers Wellesley light bombers, under the command of Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Richard Kellett, begin a non-stop, two-day flight from Ismailia, Egypt, to Darwin, Australia; the trio sets a 7,162-mile world distance record for single-engine aircraft that remains unbroken to this day.

1964 – First flight of the Hughes XV-9 (Model 385), an American high-speed research helicopter.

2003 – British Airways Concorde G-BOAG becomes the last Concorde to leave New York’s JFK International Airport by air; she lands at Boeing Field in Seattle and is retired to the airport’s Museum of Flight.

2009 – Death of William Ecker, U.S. Navy pilot who was most famous for having led the first low-level reconnaissance flight over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Updated: November 5, 2013 — 5:48 PM
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