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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2018, 06:49:26 PM »
24th Sept 1852....Henri Giffard flies 17 miles from Paris to Élancourt in a steam-powered dirigible,reaching a speed of about 6.2 mph due to headwinds.The craft was controllable with limited steering.

24th Sept 1925....Lt.Jimmy Doolittle in U.S. Army Curtiss R3C-2,BuNo A6979,'3',wins The Schneider Trophey Race with top speed of 233 miles per hour.It was held at Chesapeake Bay,USA.

24th Sept 1930....First flight of the Short S.8/8 Rangoon,a three-engined biplane flying boat,for the RAF.Powerplant 3 × Bristol Jupiter XIF,of 540 hp.Just 6 were built,and they retired in 1935.

24th Sept 1938....Three Soviet women,fly the Tupolev ANT-37 Rodina “Motherland” nonstop across the Soviet Union,achieving a women’s world nonstop distance record of 3,674 miles in 26hrs 29min.

24th Sept 1940....French Air Force bombers raid Gibraltar,in retaliation for the British July attacks on French warships at Mers-el-Kébir and Dakar.Britain wanted to stop Germany from using the ships.

24th Sept 1946....Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is founded.It`s first aircraft was a Douglas DC-3.It has won the worlds best airline award 4 times,assuming people can spell it correctly.

24th Sept 1949....First flight of the North American Aviation T-28 Trojan.A piston-engined military trainer and light attack aircraft.Oddly,it was operated by 28 countries military forces.

24th Sept 1958....Guided air-to-air missiles are used in combat for the first time when Republic of China Air Force F-86F Sabres use AIM-9B Sidewinder`s to down several People’s Republic of China MiG-15`s.

24th Sept 1959....A Lockheed U-2C,56-6693 makes an emergency landing at the civilian airfield at Fujisawa,damaging belly.Japanese police arrive,the aircraft is repaired. this is the airframe that pilot                                             Francis Gary Powers will be shot down in,in May 1960.

24th Sept 1966....Marina Solovyeva sets a new women's airspeed record of 1,270 mph in the Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-76,a variant of the Mig-21 family of fighter/interceptors.

24th Sept 1972....Japan Airlines Flight 472,a Douglas DC-8 with 122 on board,overruns the runway after landing at the wrong airport;no fatalities.

24th Sept 1987....A Tornado F3,ZE155,from Boscombe Down,made the first non-stop un-refuelled crossing of the Atlantic by a UK jet fighter.The sortie covered 2,200nms in 4 hr 45 min.

24th Sept 2001....13 days after 9/11,US Airways decided to terminate all flights from MetroJet.It`s operations did not improve US Airways's loss-making record,and it`s fleet was ageing badly.
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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2018, 07:39:23 PM »
25th Sept 1903....The Wright brothers arrive at Kitty Hawk,North Carolina to begin tests of their first powered aircraft.Charlie Taylor built the engine in just six weeks in consultation with them.

25th Sept 1929....Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight,leading to the development of Instrument Flying.He was then the first to test the artificial horizon and directional gyroscope.

25th Sept 1939....A Blackburn B-24 Skua,launched from HMS Ark Royal,becomes the first British fighter to down a German aircraft in WWII when they attack a Dornier Do18 flying boat over the North Sea.

25th Sept 1939....Nicola di Mauro of Italy sets a world seaplane altitude record of 13,542 m (44,429 feet) in a Caproni Ca.161Idro.This record still stands for piston-engined seaplanes.

25th Sept 1940....Bombers of the Corpo Aereo Italiano (Italian Air Corps) arrive at their base in Belgium,to participate in the Battle of Britain.The fighters will arrive later.

25th Sept 1945....First flight of the de Havilland DH.104 Dove,a twin engine short haul airliner.Several military variants were operated,such as the Devon by the RAF.542 were built in total.

25th Sept 1955....The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.Early aircraft were the de Havilland Vampire and a Vickers VC.1 Viking,later they were equipped with the Hawker Hunter.

25th Sept 1960....A USN F4H-1F Phantom II sets a world speed record over a 100-km (62.1-mi) closed-circuit course,averaging 1,390.24 mph.FAI Record File Number 8898.

25th Sept 1974....First flight of the Northrop F-5F Tiger II.It had a new nose and radar system,was 3ft longer and dual control and display systems to accommodate the two-men crew.

25th Sept 1991....First flight of the BAe Jetstream 41,a turboprop-powered regional airliner a stretched version of the Jetstream 31.To compete with the Embraer Brasilia,Dornier 328 and Saab 340.

25th Sept 1997....Launch:Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-86 at 10:34:19 pm EDT.Mission highlights:Shuttle-Mir docking.The last Atlantis mission before it was taken out of service for maintenance/upgrades.

25th Sept 2012....The People's Republic of China commissions its first aircraft carrier,originally for the Soviet Navy.Unfinished,it was put up for sale by Ukraine in 1991,China bought it in 1998.
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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2018, 09:28:46 PM »
26th Sept 1909...The first airship flights in Austria-Hungary are made by the Renner brothers,in an airship which they had designed and built themselves.

26th Sept 1917...For the second time,French ace René Fonck shoots down six German aircraft in a day.He received confirmation for 75 victories.He died from as stroke in June 1953 aged 59.

26th Sept 1927...The Schneider Trophy race flown at Venice,Italy.Is won by Flight Lt.S.N Webster (UK) in a Supermarine S5 at 453.2 km/h (281.7mph).

26th Sept 1947...General Carl A. Spaatz becomes the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.He had served briefly in WWI,in May 1942 Spaatz became commander of the Eighth Air Force.

26th Sept 1951...First flight of the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen.A twin-engine,twin boom-tailed,two-seat jet fighter of the RN.They were retired in 1972 and replaced by the F-4 Phantom II.

26th Sept 1965...First flight of the LTV A-7 Corsair II,a carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft.It served with the USN,USAF,and was exported to Greece and Portugal.1569 were built.

26th Sept 1973...Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time,the record would be broken a few more times until the aircraft’s retirement in 2003.

26th Sept 1977...Laker Airways inaugurates its no-booking "Skytrain" service between London and New York.The fares charged at the time were £59 (equivalent to £336 in 2016) one-way from London.

26th Sept 1981...First flight of the Boeing 767-200.A mid/large-size,mid/long-range,widebody twin engine airliner.It was Boeing's first wide-body twinjet and its first with a two-crew glass cockpit.

26th Sept 2008...Yves Rossy,crossed the English Channel with a single jet-powered wing strapped on his back.Reaching speeds of up to 120 mph,he made the 22-mile flight to England in 13 minutes.

26th Sept 2011...Boeing delivers its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a customer,All Nippon Airways, at Paine Field in Washington. Can you smell something burning? :-)
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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2018, 10:41:14 PM »
27th Sept 1908....Thérèse Peltier makes a flight of 656 feet at a height of approximately 8 feet at the Military Square in Turin,Italy.Unofficially,it is the first flight by a female aviator.

27th Sept 1909....First flight of the Short No.2,similar to that of the Wright Model A,which they were building under license.It`s intended engine was not ready so it used a Vivinus engine.

27th Sept 1946....Geoffrey de Havilland,Jr,is killed when the experimental de Havilland DH 108 "Swallow",TG306,breaks up in flight,coming down in the Thames near Egypt Bay.His neck is broken.

27th Sept 1954....The North American F-100 Super Sabre enters USAF service.A supersonic jet fighter/bomber and higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre.2294 were built by production end,

27th Sept 1964....First flight of the BAC TSR-2,a highly advanced strike and recon aircraft.It was designed to strike at low level,high speed or high level high speed recon.Project cancelled 1965.

27th Sept 1990....United Air Lines is the first airline to introduce satellite communications for its aircraft.
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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2018, 07:40:09 PM »
28th Sept 1920....American pilot Howard Rinehart,flying a Dayton-Wright R.B Racer,becomes the first person to fly an airplane fitted with retractable landing gear.

28th Sept 1923....The Schneider Trophy race flown at Cowes UK,was won by David Rittenhouse (USA) in a Curtiss CR.3 at 177.4 mph.It had a Curtiss D-12,a water-cooled V12, producing 443 hp.

28th Sept 1933....Gustave Lemoine sets a new altitude record of 13,661 m (44,820 ft) in a Potez 506.It was a modification of the Potez 501 observation/bomber aircraft,specially modified.

28th Sept 1952....First flight of the Dassault MD.454 Mystère IV,a fighter-bomber and the first transonic aircraft to enter service with the French Air Force,at the peak it operated 6 squadrons.

28th Sept 1980....Jaromir Wagner begins his attempt to be the first to fly the Atlantic standing on wing.It took over 40hrs flying time, in stages on top of a B.N Islander,D-IAJW.

28th Sept 1988....First flight of the Ilyushin Il-96,a Russian four-engined long-haul wide-body airliner.It is powered by four Aviadvigatel PS-90 two-shaft turbofan engines.30 built to date.

28th Sept 2007....First flight of the Kawasaki P-1,a jet engine maritime patrol aircraft.It is in service with the JMSDF as a replacement for the P-3C Orion.33 are in service.

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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2018, 05:23:56 PM »
29th Sept 1909...Wilbur Wright carries out demo flights at The Hudson–Fulton Celebration,NY.An elaborate commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River.

29th Sept 1922...First flight of the Thomas-Morse R-5,a single-engined parasol monoplane racing aircraft.Two were built for the United States Army Air Service.They suffered from poor handling qualities.

29th Sept 1929...Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte arrive in Manchuria in a Breguet 19,having set a new distance record of 7,905 km (4,912 miles) from Le Bourget,France.

29th Sept 1931...Flt Lt. George Stainforth in S.6 B serial S1596 breaks the 400 mph air speed record barrier at 407.5 mph (655.8 km/h).S.6B S1595 was donated to the Science Museum in London.

29th Sept 1931...First flight of the Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M.F.11,a three-seat,single-engined biplane used by the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service for maritime reconn in the decade pre-WWII.

29th Sept 1946...A USN Lockheed P2V Neptune sets a new non-stop,unrefueled distance record of 11,235 miles (18,082 km).This was broken by a U. S. Air Force B-52 H Stratofortress in 1962.

29th Sept 1948...First flight of the Vought XF7U-1 Cutlass,a prototype of the F7U Cutlass,a USN multi role fighter.Over one quarter of all Cutlasses built were destroyed in fatal accidents.

29th Sept 1954...The first flight of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo,a supersonic jet fighter.It served with the USAF and RCAF until the early 1980`s.Over 800 were built by the end of production.

29th Sept 1964...The first take-off and landing of the LTV-Hiller-Ryan XC-142,it has four 2,850-hp GE turboprops mounted on the wings that can pivot 90 degrees to allow for a vertical take-off.

29th Sept 1988...Launch:Space Shuttle Discovery STS-26 at 15:37:00 UTC.Mission highlights:TDRS deployment;first post Challenger flight.The five man crew had flown at least one prior mission.

29th Sept 2004...The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight,the first of two needed to win the prize.

29th Sept 2007...Two separate failures occurred within four days of each other on Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft,all operated by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).A third incident,with an SAS aircraft,occurred in                                October 2007.
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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #31 on: September 30, 2018, 12:45:04 PM »
29th Sept 1964...The first take-off and landing of the LTV-Hiller-Ryan XC-142,it has four 2,850-hp GE turboprops mounted on the wings that can pivot 90 degrees to allow for a vertical take-off.

And Shorts took a license to build it.  Imagine that, we could have had STOVL transports flying off the RN carriers 40 years before the Osprey...

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Re: September Aviation Bites
« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2018, 03:35:51 PM »
Well,it`s the last day of September already.:-!


30th Sept 1906...The Gordon Bennett Trophy for ballooning is awarded for the first time,going to Lt Frank Lahm of the US Army,who flies 402 miles in his balloon.Bennett's controversial reputation inspired the                              phrase "Gordon Bennett" as an expression of incredulity.

30th Sept 1914...The Wakamiya is damaged by a naval mine and forced to retire from the Siege of Tsingtao,China,ending the first combat deployment of an aviation ship in history.

30th Sept 1919...The British Aerial Transport Company begins domestic flights between London and Birmingham in a Koolhoven FK.26.It was a single-engined four-passenger biplane transport.

30th Sept 1932...First flight of the Blackburn B-5 Baffin,a biplane torpedo bomber.It was powered by a 545 hp Bristol Pegasus I.MS radial engine.It served with the FAA and RNZAF.

30th Sept 1936...The German airlift of Spanish Nationalist troops from Spanish Morocco to Spain ends after 677 flights carrying 12,000 men in August and September.

30th Sept 1940...The Battle of Britain is said to be over,with Hitler's planned invasion of Britain "Operation Sealion" postponed indefinitely.

30th sept 1943...First flight of the Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet,a unique prototype fighter interceptor.It was unsuccessful and did not enter production.Two prototypes were built.

30th Sept 1949...The Berlin Airlift officially ends,seventeen American,and eight British aircraft crashed during the operation.The final flight is made a week later.

30th Sept 1955...The Ryan X-13 Vertijet,an experimental VTOL jet is retired from service.It was to investigate the development of a vertically launched jet fighter.Engine was a Rolls-Royce AvonRA.28 turbojet.

30th Sept 1957...Austrian Airlines is formed from the merger of Air Austria and Austrian Airways.It flies to 6 domestic,and 120 international year-round and seasonal destinations in 55 countries.

30th Sept 1958...Britain's last flying boat airliners are put out of service when Aquila Airways terminates it Southampton-Madeira route.They operated the Short Solent on the route.

30th Sept 1975...First flight of the Hughes Helicopters YAH-64,a protoype attack helicopter that would evolve into the Boeing AH-64 Apache.Also under license in the UK as the AgustaWestland Apache.

30th Sept 1985...The first Italian aircraft carrier,Giuseppe Garibaldi,is commissioned.It can carry up to 16 AV-8B Harrier IIs,or a mixture of helicopters and the AV-8B`s.

30th Sept 1994...Launch:Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-68 at 7:16:01 am EDT.Mission:Space Radar Lab-2.Launch was to be 18/8/94 but there was an RSLS abort at T-1.9 s after all three main engines ignited.

30th Sept 2012...U.S. airlines collected US$924 million in baggage fees since July 1,a three percent increase over the same period in 2011.
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