April 16th, 1912 – Woman Flies Across English Channel!

Harriet Quimby was an early American aviator and a movie screenwriter. In 1911, she was awarded a U.S. pilot’s certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the United States. In 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

November 14th, 1910 – Ship to Shore Flight

On November 14th, 1910, aviator Eugene Burton Ely performed the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.

October 11th, 1910 – The President Flies a Plane

On October 11th, 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. 

October 10th, 1933 – A Bomb on the Plane

On October 10th, 1933, a Boeing 247 propliner operated by United Air Lines and registered as NC13304, crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. The transcontinental flight, carrying three crew and four passengers, had originated in Newark, New Jersey, with its final destination in Oakland, California. It had already landed in Cleveland and was headed to its next stop […]

July 16th, 1910 – Australia Takes to the Skies!

The Duigan pusher biplane (often simply called the Duigan biplane) was an early aircraft which made the first powered flight by an Australian-designed and built machine when it flew in Victoria in 1910. The aircraft was constructed by John Duigan with help from his brother, Reginald, on their family farm at Mia Mia. The effort […]

July 2nd, 1900 – The First Flight of the Zeppelin!

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin‘s serious interest in airship development began in 1874, when he took inspiration from a lecture given by Heinrich von Stephan on the subject of “World Postal Services and Air Travel” to outline the basic principle of his later craft in a diary entry dated March 25th, 1874. This describes a large rigidly-framed […]

June 9th, 1928 – The First Trans-Pacific Flight

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC, often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New […]

April 28th, 1910 – Frenchman Wins British Air Race!

The 1910 London to Manchester air race took place between two aviators, each of whom attempted to win a heavier-than-air powered flight challenge between London and Manchester first proposed by the Daily Mail newspaper in 1906. The £10,000 prize was won on April 28th, 1910 by Frenchman Louis Paulhan. The first to make the attempt was […]

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