A Brief Aviation History

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A Brief Aviation History October 15, 1783-First hot air balloon constructed by Joseph & Jacques Montgolfier and flown by Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier. October 22, 1797-First manned parachute jump. March 23, 1840-First photograph is taken of the moon. September 24, 1852-First airship is powered by a steam engine. 1865-Jules Verne publishes a novel, "From the Earth to the Moon". December 17, 1903-First powered, manned flight when Wright Flyer flew 121 feet in 12 seconds. October 4, 1905-Wright brothers flew 24 miles in 38 minutes and 3 seconds. November 13, 1907-First helicopter flight by Frenchman, Paul Cornu. Lasted 20 seconds. July 25, 1909-First cross English Channel flight by Frenchman, Louis Bleriot. November 14, 1910-First successful carrier takeoff by Eugene Ely. December 10, 1911-First transcontinental flight from Long Island, NY to Pasadena, CA by Cal Rodgers in Wright EX "Vin Fiz". March 1, 1912-First parachute jump from powered airplane by Captain Albert Berry. 1914 First two way radio contract between aircraft and ground. May 15, 1918-U.S. Post Office inaugurated airmail service. May 15-31, 1919-First aircraft to cro Continue...

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May 4, 1964-World speed record for women set by Jacqueline Cochran in a Lockheed F 104 G at an average speed of 1,429 mph (1,242 nmh). June 12, 1979-First man-powered aircraft crosses the English Channel, the "Gossamer Albatross". January 15-18, 1957-First jet flight around the world. June 17, 1928-First woman to cross the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart. April 11, 1964-First woman to fly round the world, Jerrie Mock, in a Cessna 180. July 19, 1942-First operational jet-powered fighter, the Messerschmitt 262, flew. March 20, 1999-End of non-stop round the world balloon flight by Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard in the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes. December 17, 1935-First passenger flight by the DC 3 from Santa Monica, CA. March 2, 1949-First nonstop round the world flight by Boeing B-50A, "Lucky Lady II". December 10, 1919-First flight from England to Australia in 135 hours by Vickers Vimy. June 28-29, 1928-First nonstop crossing of the Pacific from Oakland, CA to Honolulu, Hawaii by Albert Hegenberger and Lester Maitland. 1978-First balloon flight over the Atlantic by "Double Eagle II".


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