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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First Flight of an Airplane Across the English Channel by Louis Blériot

Jul 25

First Flight of an Airplane Across the English Channel by Louis Blériot

Today in 1909, Louis Blériot piloted his Blériot XI, a a 25hp monoplane, across the English Channel from Calais, France, to Dover, England.

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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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First Solo Flight Around the World: Wiley Hardeman Post

Jul 15

First Solo Flight Around the World: Wiley Hardeman Post

Today in 1933, Wiley Hardeman Post took off from Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, on the first solo around-the-world flight in a Lockheed Model 5C Vega.

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