1935: USS Macon Crashes & Marks End of Navy’s Dirigible Program

Feb 12

1935: USS Macon Crashes & Marks End of Navy’s Dirigible Program

Today in 1935, the crash of the USS Macon (ZRS-5) near Big Sur would be the death knell of the Navy’s dirigible program.

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1939: Lockheed XP-38 Breaks Transcontinental Flight Record & Crashes

Feb 11

1939: Lockheed XP-38 Breaks Transcontinental Flight Record & Crashes

Today in 1939, First Lieutenant Benjamin Scovill (“Ben”) Kelsey took the prototype Lockheed XP-38 on a record-breaking transcontinental flight and crashes.

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How Much Do Super Bowl Flyovers Cost?

Feb 04

How Much Do Super Bowl Flyovers Cost?

Some critics call the Super Bowl flyover a waste of taxpayer money costing taxpayers about $80,000 in gas and other operational costs.

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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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1938: Howard Hughes Escapes Death in Fastest Flight Around the World

Jul 30

1938: Howard Hughes Escapes Death in Fastest Flight Around the World

Today in 1938, Howard Hughes talks about defying death three times with his four companions during their record-breaking flight around the world.

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