1920 in aviation

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1920:

Events[edit]

A squadron of Bristol fighters of the British R.A.F. in flight over the Alps on its way to Italy.

January[edit]

  • January 17 – The first United States Navy airplane flight in the Hawaiian Islands takes place when a plane takes off from Honolulu.[7]
  • January 21
  • January 24 – Extensive aerial reconnaissance by the Royal Air Force's Z Unit establishes that the Dervish State has abandoned the area around its forts at Medishi (later Medistie) and Jid Ali (later Jideli). Independent air operations against the forces of Mohammed Abdullah Hassan end, and the Z Unit begins direct support to British troops pursuing Hassan.[10]
  • January 29 – Royal Air Force Airco DH.9s bomb the Dervish State fort at Gallbaridur.[10]
  • January 30 – Royal Air Force DH.9s bomb Mohammed Abdullah Hassan's baggage train and personal retinue, but he survives.[10]

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December[edit]

  • December 2 – Pilot Frank Briggs lands in Perth after making the first flight from Melbourne to Perth, a distance of 3,392 km (2,108 miles), in an Airco (De Havilland) D.H. 4.[27]
  • December 16 – Frank Briggs completes the first west-east or east-west crossing of Australia, between Sydney and Perth, a distance of 3,912 km (2,431 miles), in D.H. 4.[27][28] (For the first south to north crossing, by Henry Wrigley and Arthur Murphy, see 1919 in aviation). Also on board were Briggs' employer, aviation entrepreneur C. J. (Jack) De Garis and mechanic Jack Howard. They left Perth in the early hours of December 13; and spent 21 hours, 38 minutes in the air (not including re-fueling).

First flights[edit]

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Retirements[edit]

September[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scheina, Robert L., Latin America: A Naval History 1810-1987, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87021-295-8, p. 193.
  2. ^ Scheina, Robert L., Latin America: A Naval History 1810-1987, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87021-295-8, p. 200.
  3. ^ Francillon, René J., Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979, ISBN 0-87021-313-X, p. 30.
  4. ^ Francillon, René J., Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979, ISBN 0-87021-313-X, p. 18.
  5. ^ Francillon, René J., Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979, ISBN 0-87021-313-X, p. 23.
  6. ^ Fuller, J. F. C., Tanks in the Great War, London, 1920, p. 314, quoted in Hastings, Max, Bomber Command: Churchill's Epic Campaign - The Inside Story of the RAF's Valiant Attempt to End the War, New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1987, ISBN 0-671-68070-6, p. 41.
  7. ^ a b Aviation Hawaii: 1920-1929 Chronology of Aviation in Hawaii
  8. ^ Layman, R.D., Before the Aircraft Carrier: The Development of Aviation Vessels 1849-1922, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1989, ISBN 0-87021-210-9, p. 77.
  9. ^ O'Connor, Derek, "The Hunt For the Mad Mullah," Aviation History, July 2012, p. 45.
  10. ^ a b c d e O'Connor, Derek, "The Hunt For the Mad Mullah," Aviation History, July 2012, p. 46.
  11. ^ "The Phenomenon of Rupture and Flow in Solids". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A221: 163–98. February 1920. JSTOR 91192. 
  12. ^ O'Connor, Derek, "The Hunt For the Mad Mullah," Aviation History, July 2012, p. 47.
  13. ^ Daniel, Clifton, Chronicle of the 20th Century, Mount Kisco, New York: Chronicle Publications, 1987, ISBN 0-942191-01-3, p. 263.
  14. ^ firstworldwar.com Who's Who: Rudolf Berthold
  15. ^ Franks, Norman, Aircraft vs. Aircraft: The Illustrated Story of Fighter Pilot Combat From 1914 to the Present Day, London: Grub Street, 1998, ISBN 1-902304-04-7, pp. 58, 63. Franks' statement on p. 58 that Berthold was killed on December 15, 1919, appears to be incorrect.
  16. ^ Layman, R.D., Before the Aircraft Carrier: The Development of Aviation Vessels 1849-1922, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1989, ISBN 0-87021-210-9, p. 122.
  17. ^ A Chronological History of Coast Guard Aviation: The Early Years, 1915-1938.
  18. ^ Peattie, Mark R., Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power 1909-1941, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2001, ISBN 1-55750-432-6, p. 16.
  19. ^ Francillon, René J., Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979, ISBN 0-87021-313-X, p. 38.
  20. ^ Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 4. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. 
  21. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 182.
  22. ^ a b Chant, Chris, The World's Great Bombers, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2000, ISBN 0-7607-2012-6, p. 44.
  23. ^ Butler, Glen, Colonel, USMC, "That Other Air Service Centennial," Naval History, June 2012, p. 56.
  24. ^ Daniel, Clifton, Chronicle of the 20th Century, Mount Kisco, New York: Chronicle Publications, 1987, ISBN 0-942191-01-3, p. 272.
  25. ^ Borch, Fred L.; Robert E. Dorr, "Bravery Over Belgium," Military History, March 2012, p. 17.
  26. ^ "Small Beginnings". Our Company. Qantas. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  27. ^ a b The Argus(Melbourne), 20 December 1920, p8.
  28. ^ Sunday Times (Perth), 19 December 1920, p. 1S.
  29. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 197.
  30. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 323.
  31. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 77.