THIS DAY IN AVIATION

11 September 1962

Sep 11, 2017

Pyotr Maksimovich Ostapenko (Encyclopedia of Safety) 11 September 1962: Flying the E-152, a record-setting prototype Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 interceptor, test pilot Pyotr Maksimovich Ostapenko set a new Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Altitude in Horizontal Flight of 22,670 meters (74,377 feet).¹ Profile of Mikoyan-Gurevich E-152 (testpilot.ru) In documents submitted to FAI, the E-152 was identified…

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11 September 1946

Sep 11, 2017

North American Aviation XFJ-1 Fury. (North American Aviation, Inc.) Wallace A. Lien 11 September 1946:¹ North American Aviation engineering test pilot Wallace Addison (“Wally”) made the first flight of the North American Aviation XFJ-1, Bu. No. 39053. He flew from Mines Field (now, better known as LAX), to Muroc Army Airfield in the high desert…

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9 September 1913 (27 August 1913, Old Style)

Sep 9, 2017

Цветная фотография Петра Николаевича Нестерова. Колоризация выполнена Ольгой (Colorization performed by Ol’goy Klimbim) Staff-Captain Pyotr Nikolayevich Nesterov, Imperial Russian Army, is wearing the Order of St. Anna, Order of St. Stanislav, and the Commemorative Medal for the Tercentenary of the Romanov Dynasty 9 September 1913 (27 August 1913, Old Style¹): At the Syretsky military airfield…

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7 September 1931

Sep 7, 2017

Granville Brothers Gee Bee Z, NR77V, City of Springfield. (U.S. Air Force) Lowell Richard Bayles 7 September 1931: Lowell Richard Bayles won the 1931 Thompson Trophy Race, flying the Granville Brothers Aircraft Company Gee Bee Model Z Supersportster, NR77V, named City of Springfield. The racer was painted black and yellow, and carried the race number…

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7 September 1929

Sep 7, 2017

Flying Officer H.R.D. Wagforth boards his Supermarine S.6, N247, race number 2. The Rolls-Royce Type R engine is “ticking over” at 475 r.p.m. (Unattributed) 7 September 1929: Flying Officer Henry Richard Danvers Waghorn, a pilot with the  Royal Air Force High-Speed Flight based at RAF Calshot, flew a Supermarine S.6, N247, to win the Coupe…

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5 September 1968

Sep 5, 2017

McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II 5 September 1968: The McDonnell Douglas Corporation delivers the 3,000th F-4 Phantom II, an F-4J, to the U.S. Navy. by The post 5 September 1968 appeared first on This Day in Aviation. Source: This Day in Aviation

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5 September 1923

Sep 5, 2017

Joseph Sadi-Lecointe seated in the cockpit of the Nieuport-Delage Ni-D.40R. (FAI) 5 September 1923: At Villacoublay, France, Joseph Sadi-Lecointe set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Altitude when he flew a Nieuport-Delage Ni-D.40R biplane to an altitude of 10,741 meters (35,239.5 feet).¹ The airplane was powered by water-cooled 11.762 liter (717.77-cubic-inch displacement) La Société…

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5 September 1908

Sep 5, 2017

Goupy I bis triplane. (Library of Congress via Wikipedia) 5 September 1908: In France, the Goupy I bis triplane makes its first flight. Designed by Ambroise Goupy, this was a single-engine airplane with three wings. It was powered by a steam-cooled, direct-injected, 487.14 cubic-inch-displacement (7.983 liter) Société Antoinette 8V 90° V-8 engine producing 53 horsepower at 1,100 r.p.m. The Goupy…

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1 September 1946

Sep 1, 2017

Alvin M. “Tex” Johnston with the Thompson Trophy and the Allegheny-Ludlum Trophy, 1946 National Air Races. (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives) 1 September 1946: Just one year after World War II came to an end, the National Air Races returned to Cleveland, Ohio. Grandstands were set up at the site of the Fisher…

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1 September 1939

Sep 1, 2017

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers of Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe. 1 September 1939: At 4:40 a.m., without provocation or warning, the German Luftwaffe attacked the town of Wieluń, Poland, in the first combat action of World War II. Oberst Walter Sigel commanded the first wave of the attack. Three waves of Junkers Ju 87 B…

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1 September 1938

Sep 1, 2017

Seversky AP-7 NX1384, c/n 145. (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives) 1 September 1938: Jackie Cochran departed the Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank California, at 3:00 a.m., flying her Seversky AP-7, NX1384, c/n 145. Her destination was Cleveland, Ohio, the finish line for the Bendix Trophy Race,  2,042 miles (3,286 kilometers) away. Jackie Cochran steps out of her…

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21 August 1961

Aug 21, 2017

Douglas DC-8-43 N9604Z is accompanied by a U.S. Air Force Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, near Edwards Air Force Base, California. (Douglas Aircraft Co.) On 21 August 1961, a Douglas DC-8-43, N9604Z, c/n 45623, Line Number 130, flown by Chief Test Pilot William Marshall Magruder, Paul Patten, Joseph Tomich and Richard H. Edwards climbed to 50,090 feet…

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21 August 1944

Aug 21, 2017

21 August 1944: The first of two Grumman XF8F-1 Bearcat prototypes, Bu. No. 90460, made its first flight at Bethpage, New York, with Grumman’s Chief Engineer and lead test pilot Robert L. Hall at the controls. This was a light-weight high performance interceptor, designed to operate from the U.S. Navy’s smaller aircraft carriers. It used…

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20 August 1940

Aug 20, 2017

The Few. RAF fighter pilots run toward their Hawker Hurricanes. © IWM (HU 49253) 20 August 1940: During World War II, at the height of the Batle of Britain, Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke to the House of Commons on the state of the war. As he talked about the role of the Royal Air Force in the defense…

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20 August 1919

Aug 20, 2017

The DELAG airship Bodensee, LZ 120, at Friederichshafen, October 1919. (Library of Congress) 20 August 1919: The first airship built after World War I, Bodensee, LZ 120, made its first flight at Friedrichshafen, Germany, with Captain Bernard Lau in comand. LZ 120 was built for Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, DELAG, (German Airship Travel Corporation) especially to carry a small complement of…

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18 August 1943

Aug 18, 2017

The second Sikorsky XR-5, 43-28237 (c/n 34). (Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company) 18 August 1943: At Bridgeport, Connecticut, Sikorsky chief test pilot Charles Lester (“Les”) Morris made the first flight of the Vought-Sikorsky VS-327, c/n 33. Also known as the Sikorsky Model S-48, the U.S. Army Air Corps designated the helicopter XR-5 and assigned the…

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17 August 1942

Aug 17, 2017

A flight of Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress bombers forms up over England, 1942. “Yankee Doodle,” 41-9023, is just to the left of center. (U.S. Air Force) Brigadier General Ira C. Eaker (Margaret Bourke-White/LIFE) 17 August 1942: Mission No. 1. The United States VIII Bomber Command made its first heavy bomber attack on Nazi-occupied Europe when…

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17 August 1940

Aug 17, 2017

Pilot Officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske III, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 17 August 1940: Pilot Officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske III died at Royal West Sussex Hospital, Chichester, Sussex, England, as a result of injuries sustained in combat the previous day. Billy Fiske was the first American pilot to lose his life in combat…

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13 August 1913

Aug 13, 2017

Lieutenant Hubert Dunsterville Harvey-Kelly, DSO, Royal Flying Corps. 13 August 1914: Lieutenant Hubert Dunsterville Harvey-Kelly, No. 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, departed Dover at 6:25 a.m., 13 August 1914, enroute to Amiens, France. He flew a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2.a, number 471. Landing near Amiens at 8:20 a.m., this was the first British airplane to…

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12 August 1908

Aug 12, 2017

Signal Corps Dirigible No. 1 at Fort Myer, Virginia, 1908 (U.S. Army) 12 August 1908: Test flights begin for Signal Corps Dirigible No. 1 at Fort Myers, Virginia, with Thomas Scott Baldwin as pilot and Glenn Hammond Curtiss as flight engineer. Brigadier General James Allen, Chief Signal Officer, 1906–1913. (U.S. Army) On 1 August 1907,…

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10–11 August 1938

Aug 11, 2017

The Focke-Wulf Fw 200 S-1 Condor, D-ACON, arrives at Floyd Bennett Field, New York, 11 August 1938. (Klassiker fer Luftfahrt) 10–11 August 1938: The first non-stop flight between Berlin and New York by a heavier-than-air aircraft was flown by a prototype four-engine airliner. Under the command of Deutsche Luft Hansa Kapitän Alfred Henke, Brandenburg, a…

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9 August 1896

Aug 9, 2017

Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal. (NASM) 9 August 1896: Pioneering aviator Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal was fatally injured when his glider stalled on his fourth flight of the day. Flying at the Rhinow Hills, near Stölln in what is now northern Germany, he had been gliding as far as 820 feet (250 meters). As he sailed off the slope, his glider suddenly…

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8 August 1957

Aug 8, 2017

Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-50/3 (Mikoyan Design Bureau via The Corner of the Sky) Nikolay Arkadevich Korovin 8 August 1957: At Ramenskoye Airfield, Moscow, Russia, senior test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Arkadevich Korovin (Коровин Николай Аркадьевич) was scheduled to take an experimental prototype interceptor to an altitude of 20,000 meters (65,617 feet). The airplane was the Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-50/3 (also known…

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7 August 1971, 20:45:53 UTC, T plus 295:11:53.0

Aug 7, 2017

Apollo 15 descends to the Pacific Ocean with two functional parachutes. (NASA) 7 August 1971: At 6:45 a.m., local time, 287 nautical miles (531 kilometers) north of Honolulu, Hawaii, the Apollo 15 command module Endeavour “splashed down” after twelve days in space. On board were Colonel David Randolph Scott, Mission Commander; Major Alfred Merrill Worden,…

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