1970: Daily Life of a Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot

Feb 17

1970: Daily Life of a Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot

Today in 1970, Lt Porter piloting a helicopter in Vietnam was inspecting an area of suspected enemy activity and instantly receives intense small arms fire.

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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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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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1917: First Landing on a Moving Warship by Edwin Harris Dunning

Aug 02

1917: First Landing on a Moving Warship by Edwin Harris Dunning

Today in 1917, Edwin Harris Dunning of the Royal Naval Air Service became the first person to land an aircraft on the deck of a ship underway.

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