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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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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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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Project Bullet: First Transcontinental Flight to Average Supersonic Speed

Jul 16

Project Bullet: First Transcontinental Flight to Average Supersonic Speed

Today in 1957, John Glenn went 725 mph strapped to a Vought F8U Crusader. Three hours, 23 minutes later, he set a transcontinental speed record.

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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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