Wright Brothers: First flight in 1908 at Kitty Hawk

  • 1908… The Wright brothers fly for the first time since 1905, at Kitty Hawk. Wilbur pilots the 1905 Flyer III, modified so that the pilot and a passenger can sit erect, on a flight of just over 1,000 feet.
  • 1918… The first regular air mail service begins with regular flights between Washington, D.C. and New York City. It is operated by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
  • 1919… The first commercial flight, from Canada to the United States, occurs as a Canadian Curtiss aircraft flies 150 pounds of raw furs from Toronto to Elizabeth, New Jersey. It is not a non-stop flight.
  • 1927… Charles Lindbergh lands his new Ryan airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, in St. Louis after a record non-stop overnight flight from San Diego of 14 hours, 25 minutes.
  • 1927… Colonial Air Transport offers a sightseeing trip from Teterboro, New Jersey, around New York City for just $8, less than the price of a similar trip in a taxi.

1927-1928: The Paramount movie "Wings" wins the Oscar for Best Picture

  •  1929… At the first Academy Award ceremonies in Los Angeles, the Oscar for Best Picture for 1927-1928 goes to the Paramount movie, Wings. This World War I flying epic remains a classic today.
  • 1930Ellen Church, a nurse, becomes the first airline stewardess to fly on the Boeing Air Transport flight between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • 1932… The first solo flight by a woman pilot across the Atlantic is made by American Amelia Earhart. She flies from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to Londonderry, Northern Ireland in a Lockheed Vega monoplane in 13 hours, 30 minutes.

The Hindenburg

  • 1936… The German airship Hindenburg lands at Lakehurst, New Jersey after its first scheduled transatlantic flight.
  • 1937… The first successful pressurized airplane cabin is achieved in the Lockheed XC-35.
  •  1952… The world’s first regularly scheduled, fare-paying, jet passenger service opens with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Comet 1 flight from London to Johannesburg.
  • 1961… Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr., U.S. Navy, becomes the second man to explore space when his Mercury Freedom 7 capsule is launched by a Redstone missile, to 115 miles above the Earth. It is three weeks since Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight.
  • 1968… The first non-stop Atlantic crossing by an executive jet aircraft is made as a Grumman Gulfstream II lands in London, England after completing a 3,500-mile (5,633 km) flight from Teterboro, New Jersey.
  • 1972… Cessna Aircraft Corporation announces completion of the company’s 100,000th aircraft, becoming the first company in the world to achieve such a production figure.

The Concorde

1976… Two Concorde supersonic airliners land at Washington’s Dulles International Airport. One has the British Airways colors, while the other has the Air France look and feel. They are the first Concordes to visit the USA.


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