THIS DAY IN AVIATION

24 July 1897–

Jul 24, 2016

Amelia Mary Earhart (Associated Press) 24 July 1897: Amelia Mary Earhart was born at Atchison, Kansas. Amelia Earhart wearing a flight suit which she had designed for The 99s. Amelia first rode in an airplane at Long Beach, California with pilot Frank Monroe Hawks, 28 December 1920. The ten-minute flight began her life long pursuit…

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26 May 1951–23 July 2012

Jul 23, 2016

Sally Kristen Ride, Ph.D., Astronaut. (26 May 1951–23 July 2012) NASA’s Condolences on the Passing of Sally Ride In a space agency filled with trailblazers, Sally K. Ride was a pioneer of a different sort. The soft-spoken California physicist broke the gender barrier 29 years ago when she rode to orbit aboard space shuttle Challenger…

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23 July 1999, 16:31:00 UTC, T minus Zero

Jul 23, 2016

Colonel Eileen Marie Collins, U.S. Air Force, wearing ACES suit. (Annie Leibovitz) 23 July 1999: at 12:31 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (16:31:00 UTC), the Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) lifted off on its 26th mission, STS-93, to place the Chandra X-ray Observatory in orbit. The total mission duration was 4 days, 22 hours, 49 minutes, 37…

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23 July 1983

Jul 23, 2016

Air Canada Flight 143, a Boeing 767-200, C-GAUN, after emergency landing at Gimli, Manitoba, 23 July 1983. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press) Captain Robert Pearson 23 July 1983: Air Canada Flight 143 was a Boeing 767-200, registration C-GAUN, enroute from Montreal to Edmonton, with a stop at Ottawa. On board were 61 passengers and…

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23 July 1970

Jul 23, 2016

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 rollout at Long Beach, 23 July 1970. (Boeing) 23 July 1970: At Long Beach, California, the first McDonnell Douglas DC-10 airliner was rolled out. A DC-10-10, serial number 46500 with FAA registration N10DC, this aircraft was used for flight testing and Federal Aviation Administration certification. It made 989 test flights, accumulating 1,551…

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23 July 1956

Jul 23, 2016

Bell X-2 46-674 airdropped from Boeing EB-50D Superfortress 48-096 near Edwards Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force) Brigadier General Frank Kendall Everest, United States Air Force 23 July 1956: Lieutenant Colonel Frank Kendall “Pete” Everest, United States Air Force, became “The Fastest Man Alive” when he flew the USAF/NACA/Bell X-2 rocket plane, serial number…

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22 July 1944

Jul 22, 2016

22 July 1944: During an air attack on a Japanese seaplane base and barge landing at Kokas, Enga, Dutch New Guinea, a Douglas A-20G-25-DO Havoc light attack bomber, serial number 43-9432, was hit by anti-aircraft gunfire and crashed into the sea. The pilot, 1st Lieutenant James L. Knarr, on his 70th combat mission, and gunner…

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22 July 1943

Jul 22, 2016

22 July 1943: A Royal Air Force official photographer visited No. 617 Squadron, The Dambusters, at their base at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, England. These photographic images are part of the Ministry of Information Second World War Colour Transparency Collection. Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew. Left to right: Wing Commander Guy Gibson,…

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22 July 1933

Jul 22, 2016

Wiley Hardeman Post, 1898–1935. (Underwood & Underwood) 22 July 1933: At 11:50½ p.m., Wiley Hardeman Post and his Lockheed Model 5C Vega, NR105W, The Winnie Mae of Oklahoma, landed at Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, New York. Post had departed from there on 15 July and in 7 days, 18 hours, 49½ minutes, he flew 15,596 miles (25,099.3 kilometers), circling…

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21 July 2011, 21:54:00 UTC

Jul 21, 2016

Atlantis touches down at the Shuttle Landing Facility, 0554 EDT, 21 July 2011. (NASA) 21 July 2011, 5:54:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, (21:54:00 UTC) Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135, landed at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Wheel stop was 5:57:54 a.m., EDT. This 13-day mission had been the thirty-third flight for Atlantis. It…

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18 November 1923–21 July 1998

Jul 21, 2016

Alan Shepard suited up before the launch of Apollo 14. (NASA) ALAN B. SHEPARD, JR. (REAR ADMIRAL, USN, RET.) NASA ASTRONAUT (DECEASED) PERSONAL DATA: Born November 18, 1923, in East Derry, New Hampshire. Died on July 21, 1998. His wife, Louise, died on August 25, 1998. They are survived by daughters Julie, Laura and Alice,…

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21 July 1969, 17:54:00 UTC, T + 124:22:00.79

Jul 21, 2016

The Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module Eagle (LM-5) approaches the Command/Service Module Columbia in Lunar Orbit, approximately 2130 UTC, 21 July 1969. (Michael Collins, NASA) 21 July 1969: After spending a total of 21 hours, 36 minutes, 21 seconds on the surface of The Moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin fired the rocket…

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21 July 1969

Jul 21, 2016

Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. on the surface of The Moon, 21 July 1969. (Neil A. Armstrong, NASA) 21 July 1969: Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. on the surface of The Moon in a photograph taken by Neil Alden Armstrong. The reflection of the Lunar Module Eagle and of Armstrong can be seen in Aldrin’s face plate.…

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21 July 1969, 02:56:15 UTC, T + 109:24:15

Jul 21, 2016

Neil Armstrong steps onto the Moon, 10:56:15 p.m. EDT, 20 July 1969. (NASA) 10:56:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, 20 July 1969 (02:56:15, 21 July 1969 UTC): 109 hours, 24 minutes, 15 seconds after the Apollo 11/Saturn V was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA Astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong set foot on the surface of…

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20 July 1969, 20:17:39 UTC, T + 102:45:39.9

Jul 20, 2016

Apollo 11 LM -5, Eagle, just after separation from the Command/Service Module in Lunar Orbit, 20 July 1969. (Michael Collins/NASA) 102:45:25 Aldrin: “Four forward. Four forward. Drifting to the right a little. Twenty feet, down a half.” 102:45:31 Duke: “Thirty seconds” (until the ‘Bingo’ call). 102:45:32 Aldrin: “Drifting forward just a little bit; that’s good.”…

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20 July 1969, 18:12:01 UTC, T + 100:40:01.9

Jul 20, 2016

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard, shortly after separation from the Command and Service Module, in orbit around the Moon, 20 July 1969. (Michael Collins, NASA) 20 July 1969, 18:12:01 UTC, T + 100 hours, 40 minutes, 1.9 seconds: The Lunar Module Eagle completes the separation maneuver, moving away…

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20 July 1955

Jul 20, 2016

Convair NB-36H Nuclear Test Aircraft. (U.S. Air Force) 20 July 1955: At Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas, the Convair NB-36H Nuclear Test Aircraft, serial number 51-5712, made its first flight. In the late 1940s engineers began working on an aircraft that could be powered by a nuclear reactor. The reactor would heat air…

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20 July 1933

Jul 20, 2016

Wiley Post’s Lockheed Model 5C Vega, NR105W, Winnie Mae, after a landing accident at Flat, Alaska. (Unattributed) 20 July 1933: At 11:58 a.m. (17:58 UTC) on the fifth day of his solo around-the-world flight, Wiley Post took off from Khabarovsk, Siberia, heading toward Nome, Alaska, 2,416 miles (3,888 kilometers) to the east-northeast (great circle route).…

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Lyle and Larry Testing the Hobbyking Skipper

Jul 20, 2016

Tim brought out his new Skipper and asked us to dial it in for him.  See the video below: Once Lyle gave the OK, the new guy Tim took over the flight and this is what it looked like just a few minutes later… This plane “was a little fast and hard to control,” according…

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Training Some New Guys at the Field

Jul 20, 2016
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Big News Coming!

Mar 30, 2016

Stay tuned!  Big things are coming for this summer. 

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Indoor Flying Season Officially Over

Mar 29, 2016

Our indoor flying season has officially come to a close.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  We managed to keep a perfect safety record this year.

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