THIS DAY IN AVIATION

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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