1896: Otto Lilienthal, Pre-Wright Pioneer, Dies from Glider Crash

Aug 10

1896: Otto Lilienthal, Pre-Wright Pioneer, Dies from Glider Crash

Today in 1896, the most significant pre-Wright aeronautical experimenter and glider pioneer, Otto Lilienthal, dies from a broken spine caused by a crash.

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1921: Crop Dusting is Invented with a Modified JN-6 “Super Jenny”

Aug 03

1921: Crop Dusting is Invented with a Modified JN-6 “Super Jenny”

Today in 1921, Lt. John A. Macready marked the beginning of modern crop dusting when he made the first aerial dusting application with a modified Curtiss JN-6 “Super Jenny” over caterpillar-infested trees in Ohio.

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First Test Flight of World’s First Military Airplane: The Wright Military Flyer

Jul 27

First Test Flight of World’s First Military Airplane: The Wright Military Flyer

Today in 1909, the first test flights of the world’s first military airplane began. The U.S. Army paid the Wright brothers $25,000 for the Wright Military Flyer.

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World’s First True Rocket Aircraft: the Heinkel He 176

Jul 20

World’s First True Rocket Aircraft: the Heinkel He 176

Today in 1939, the Heinkel He 176 took its first flight in Germany and became the world’s first all-liquid fueled rocket-propelled aircraft.

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Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan Flies His Way Across the Atlantic

Jul 17

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan Flies His Way Across the Atlantic

Today in 1938, Douglas Corrigan crosses the Atlantic receiving national attention because the press was amazed his rattletrap aircraft survived the journey.

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