April 19th, 1919 – Man Survives Jumping Out of Airplane!

Leslie Leroy Irvin was born in Los Angeles and grew up to become a stunt-man for the fledgling Californian film industry; he had performed acrobatics on trapezes from balloons and then make descents using a parachute. Irvin made his first jump when aged fourteen. For a film called Sky High, he first jumped from an aircraft from […]

April 12th, 1937 – Britain Invents the Turbojet Engine

Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle was an English Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer air officer. He is credited with single handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for a similar invention; however, this was technically unfeasible at the time. Whittle’s engines were developed some years earlier than those of […]

This Day in History – March 8th, 1910

In October 1909, Raymonde de Laroche appealed to her friend, aviator and aeroplane builder Charles Voisin, to instruct her in how to fly. On October 22nd, 1909, de Laroche went to the Voisin brothers’ base of operations at Chalons, 90 miles (140 km) east of Paris. Voisin’s aircraft could only seat one person, so she operated the plane […]

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