THIS DAY IN AVIATION

27 September 1956

Sep 27, 2016

Captain Milburn G. Apt, U.S. Air Force, with a Bell X-2. (U.S. Air Force) 27 September 1956: Captain Milburn G. (“Mel”) Apt, United States Air Force, was an experimental test pilot assigned to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. After Frank Everest and Iven Kincheloe had made twelve powered…

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27 September 1946

Sep 27, 2016

Geoffrey Raoul de Havilland. Jr., OBE. (Photograph courtesy of Neil Corbett, Test and Research Pilots, Flight Test Engineers) 27 September 1946: Geoffrey Raoul de Havilland, Jr., OBE, Chief Test Pilot of the de Havilland Aircraft Co., Ltd., and the son of the firm’s founder, was killed during a test flight of a prototype DH.108 Swallow, TG/306. Geoffrey…

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26 September 2008

Sep 26, 2016

Yves Rossy over the English Channel, 26 September 2008. (Times Online) 26 September 2008: Yves Rossy flew across the English Channel, 22 miles (35 kilometers) in 13 minutes, using his jet-powered wing. At 8,000 feet (2,440 meters) over Calais he jumped from an airplane and aimed for the cliffs of Dover. His only means of…

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26 September 1927

Sep 26, 2016

Flight Lieutenant Sidney N. Webster, RAF, leads the Schneider Trophy Race with the blue and silver Supermarine S.5 racer, N220. (Unattributed) Flying Officer Sidney Norman Webster, Royal Air Force, circa 1919. (Unattributed) 26 September 1927: Flight Lieutenant Sidney Norman Webster, of the Royal Air Force High Speed Flight, won the 1927 Schneider Trophy Race, flying…

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26 September 1911

Sep 26, 2016

Lieutenant Thomas DeWitt Milling at the controls of a Wright Model B, 1911. (Library of Congress) At  the Aero Club of America Meet on 26 September 1911, at the Nassau Boulevard Aerodrome on Long Island, Lieutenant Thomas DeWitt Milling set a world endurance record of 1 hour, 54 minutes, 42.6 seconds with two passengers, for…

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25 September 1978, 16:02:07 UTC

Sep 25, 2016

PSA Flight 182, on fire after mid-air collision, 25 September 1978. (Hans Wendt, County of San Diego) 25 September 1978: At 09:02:07 a.m., local time, the worst aircraft accident in California history occurred when a Boeing 727-214 airliner, civil registration N533PS, operated by Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) as Flight 182, crashed at the intersection of Dwight Street and Nile…

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25 September 1960

Sep 25, 2016

Commander John F. Davis, United States Navy, with a McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II. Note the F6F-5K drone “kill” mark under the windshield. (U.S. Navy) 25 September 1960: At Edwards Air Force Base, California, Commander John F. Davis, United States Navy, flew a McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II to a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Speed…

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24–25 September 1938

Sep 25, 2016

From left to right, Polina Osipenko, Valentine Grizodubova and Marina Raskova, with the record-setting Tupolev ANT-37, Rodina Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova, Hero of the Soviet Union. 24–25 September 1938: Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova (Валентина Степановна Гризодубова), Polina Denisovna Osipenko (Полина Денисовна Осипенко) and Marina Mikailovna Raskova (Мари́на Mиха́йловна Раско́ва) set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Distance in a Straight Line…

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25 September 1920

Sep 25, 2016

Test pilot Joseph Sadi-Lecointe with a Nieuport Delâge Ni-D 40R World Altitude Record-setting biplane, circa 1923. (Bibliothèque nationale de France) 25 September 1920: At Villesauvage-La Marmogne, France, Joseph Sadi-Lecointe flew a Nieuport-Delâge Ni-D 29V to set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Speed Over 100 Kilometers 279.50 kilometers per hour (173.67 miles per…

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25 September 1918

Sep 25, 2016

Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker, Air Service, United States Army (U.S. Air Force) The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER  Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 94th Aero Squadron, Air Service. Place and date: Near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. Entered…

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24 September 1930

Sep 24, 2016

John Watts Young (NASA) JOHN W. YOUNG (CAPTAIN, USN RET.) NASA ASTRONAUT (FORMER) PERSONAL DATA: Born September 24, 1930, in San Francisco, California. Married to the former Susy Feldman of St. Louis, Missouri. Two children, three grandchildren. Enjoys wind surfing, bicycling, reading, and gardening. EDUCATION: Graduated from Orlando High School, Orlando, Florida; received a bachelor of science…

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24 September 1929

Sep 24, 2016

Lieutenant James H. Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Corps, in rear cockpit of the Consolidated NY-2 Husky, NX7918, a trainer equipped with experimental flight instruments. (National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution) 24 September 1929: Lieutenant James H. Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Corps, made the first completely blind airplane takeoff flight and landing, solely by reference to…

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24 September 1918

Sep 24, 2016

Lieutenant (j.g.) David S. Ingalls, USN, France, 1918. (U.S. Navy) 24 September 1918: While assigned to No. 213 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lieutenant (junior grade) David Sinton Ingalls, United States Navy, shot down a Rumpler C.IV reconnaissance airplane while flying a Sopwith Camel, serial number D9649. This was Ingalls’ fifth aerial victory, making him the…

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24 September 1852

Sep 24, 2016

Portrait de M. Henri Giffard, ingénieur. (Jacques-Martial Deveaux, 1863) 24 September 1852: French engineer Baptiste Henri Jacques Giffard (1825–1882 ) flew his hydrogen-filled dirigible, powered be a 3-horsepower steam engine, 17 miles (27 kilometers) from the Paris Hippodrome to Trappes in about three hours. During the flight he maneuvered the airship, demonstrating control. The Giffard…

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23 September 1967

Sep 23, 2016

Colonel Robin Olds, USAF, in the cockpit of McDonnell F-4D-31-MC Phantom II, 66-7668, on his last flight out of Ubon-Rachitani RTAFB as Wing Commander, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 23 September 1967. This was his 152nd combat mission of the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force) 23 September 1967: Colonel Robin Olds, United States Air Force, Wing…

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23 September 1945

Sep 23, 2016

North American Aviation P-51B Mustang fighter in the full-scale NACA wind tunnel, Langley Field, Virginia, 23 September 1945. (NASA) by The post 23 September 1945 appeared first on This Day in Aviation. Source: This Day In Aviation

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23 September 1917

Sep 23, 2016

Leutnant Werner Voss, Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte. Lieutenant Voss is wearing “The Blue Max,” the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the House of Hohenzollern, the Iron Cross and the Pilot’s Badge. (Gustav Liersch & Co.) 23 September 1917: Leutnant Werner Voss, commanding officer of Jagdstaffel 10 of the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Force), a leading fighter ace with 48…

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23 September 1913

Sep 23, 2016

Roland Garros’ Morane-Saulnier G monoplane. 23 September 1913: Pioneering aviator Eugène Adrien Roland Georges Garros (6 October 1888–5 October 1918) was the first pilot to fly across the Mediterranean Sea. At 5:47 a.m., he departed Fréjus, Côte d’Azur, France, in a Morane-Saulnier G and flew to Bizerte, Tunisia, 470 miles (756 kilometers) to the south. He arrived at 1:40 p.m., having been airborene…

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22 September 1966

Sep 22, 2016

Ansett-ANA Vickers Vicount Type 832, VH-RMI. (The Airways Museum & Civil Aviation Historical Society) 22 September 1966: Ansett-ANA Flight 149, a Vickers Viscount Type 832 medium-range airliner, registration VH-RMI, departed Mount Isa Airport (ISA) at 12:08 p.m., enroute to Longreach Airport (LRE), both located in Queensland, Australia. Captain John Kenneth Cooper was in command, with…

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21 September 1964

Sep 21, 2016

North American Aviation XB70A-1-NA 62-0001 takes off for the first time, 21 September 1964. (U.S. Air Force) 21 September 1964: The North American Aviation XB-70A-1-NA Valkyrie, 62-0001, flown by Chief Test Pilot Alvin S. White and Colonel Joseph F. Cotton, U.S. Air Force, made its first flight from Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, to…

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21 September 1961

Sep 21, 2016

Boeing Vertol YCH-1B 59-04984, the number three prototype. (U.S. Army) 21 September 1961: Boeing Vertol YCH-1B, serial number 59-04983, a twin-turboshaft, tandem-rotor helicopter flown by test pilot Leonard La Vasson, made its first flight at Morton Grove, Pennsylvania. This aircraft was the number two prototype of the U.S. Army’s heavy lift transport, the CH-47 Chinook,…

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21 September 1942

Sep 21, 2016

A Boeing XB-29 takes off from Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington. (Boeing) Edmund T. (“Eddie”) Allen 21 September 1942: At Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, the Boeing Model 345, the first of three XB-29 prototypes, 41-002, took off on its first flight. Edmund T. “Eddie” Allen, Director of Aerodynamics and Flight Research, was in command, with Al Reed, Chief…

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21 September 1937

Sep 21, 2016

Jackie Cochran sits in the cockpit of the Seversky SEV-S1, NR18Y. Note how the landing gear retracts straight to the rear in this early version. It would be modified to retract inward to the airplane’s centerline, and more effectively streamlined in the future. 21 September 1937: Jackie Cochran flew a Seversky Aircraft Corporation SEV-S1, civil registration…

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20 September 1958

Sep 20, 2016

The first of two prototypes, Avro Type 698 VX770. (BAE Systems) 20 September 1958: The first prototype Avro Vulcan strategic bomber, VX770, piloted by Rolls-Royce test pilot Keith R. Sturt, was on a test flight from the Rolls-Royce Flight Test Establishment, RAF Hucknall, when it diverted to make a scheduled fly-past for an air show…

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