1904 – Birth of Florence Gunderson Klingensmith, American aviator of the golden age of air racing, founding member of the Ninety-Nines (a women’s pilot group) and one of the first women to participate in air races with men.
1922 – Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (shown) makes her first appearance in an American airshow at Curtiss Field on Long Island near New York City honoring veterans of the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment of World War I.
1925 – First flight of the SPCA ‘Météore’ 63, a French flying boat biplane; the airliner is the first product of the SPCA.
1989 – Varig Flight 254, a Boeing 737, crashes in Brazil killing 53 passengers; 41 survive.
1996 – Americans Ron Bower and John Williams break the round-the-world helicopter record with a Bell 430, flying westwards from the UK with a time of 17 days, six hours and 14 minutes.
2001 – Death of Frank “Pongo” Billinge, British World War I flying ace.