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...that the SR-71 Blackbird
holds the record
for flying from New York City
. The record, 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds (mach 2.68), was set on 1 September 1974 and is still the record for this transatlantic flight
...that Guy Menzies
flew the first solo trans-Tasman
flight (from Sydney
to New Zealand
) in 1931, but landed upside-down in a swamp?
...the study of airmail is known as aerophilately
...in 1931 Amelia Earhart
flew a Pitcairn PCA-2 autogyro
to a then world altitude record of 18,415 feet (5613 m)?
...that a Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
was used in the 2004 film Flight of the Phoenix
...that British Airways
unveiled a new corporate identity
which involved repainting its fleet with around 20 daring tailfin designs by world artists?
...that the mysterious objects known as Black Triangles
may actually be hybrid airships
...that the Brimstone missile
, an anti-tank guided missile
, is carried by three Royal Air Force
...that four planes were simultaneously hijacked
in the 1970 Dawson's Field hijackings
...that after the Red Baron
ace René Fonck
had the most confirmed World War I
...that the hyper engine
was a hypothetical aircraft engine
design meant to deliver 1 horsepower
from 1 cubic inch of displacement
...that the Vickers machine gun
was the standard weapon on all British
and French military aircraft
adventurer Saloman Andrée
died in 1897
while trying to reach the geographic North Pole
by hot-air balloon
...that the Fairey Seafox
was a Second World War
reconnaissance floatplane of the Fleet Air Arm
...that in 1929
the Graf Zeppelin
completed a circumnavigation
of the globe
in 21 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes?
...that in the late 1940s
the USAF Northrop YB-49
set both an unofficial endurance record and a transcontinental speed record?
...that George H.W. Bush
flew a TBF Avenger
while he was in the U.S. Navy
...that BŻ-1 GIL
was the first Polish
...that Astro Flight, Incorporated
of Marina del Rey, California
created the world's first practical electric-powered radio controlled
model airplane and the world's first full-scale solar-powered airplane?
's worst air disaster was Surinam Airways Flight 764
, which crashed after the pilots ignored repeated warnings that they were flying too low?
...that Ansett Airlines Flight 232
to Alice Springs
in 1972 was the first aircraft hijacking to take place in Australia
...that the Fokker Spin (pictured)
was the first aircraft built by Anthony Fokker
, in which he taught himself to fly and earned his pilot license?
..that an aircraft's pitot-static system
allows a pilot to monitor airspeed
, Mach number
, altitude, and altitude trend?
...that Alejandro Maclean
, Spanish television producer and Red Bull Air Race World Series
pilot, is nicknamed
"The Flying Matador
...that among the earliest accounts of the use of a man-lifting kite
is in the story of Ishikawa Goemon
's robbery from Nagoya Castle
...that the Heinkel He 46
, designed for the Luftwaffe
in 1931, was still being used to fight the Soviets
...that during the Winter War
, a Swedish fundraising
drive paid for the purchase of a Fokker F.VIII airliner
for the Finnish Air Force
...that the Soviet spotter aircraft Sukhoi Su-12
, though approved, was never produced due to lack of manufacturing capacity in the USSR
...that sailplane winglets
were first successfully implemented by American
inventor Peter Masak
... that Paul Haenlein
was the first to create a dirigible airship
powered by an internal combustion engine
...that on October 5, 1914, a French Voisin III
pilot scored the first air-to-air kill of World War I
...that Luftwaffe ace Erich Rudorffer
flew more than 1000 missions during World War II
, and was shot down sixteen times by enemy flak
...that Communist Romania
's Foreign Minister
, Grigore Preoteasa
, was killed in an aircraft accident after refusing to wear a seat belt
...that Chris Phatswe
by crashing his Air Botswana
plane into two other planes belonging to the airline, effectively crippling operations?
...that five USAAF
airmen were awarded the Medal of Honor
following Operation Tidal Wave
, a low-level bombing of Romanian oil refineries
on 1 August 1943?
...that in 1943 British Overseas Airways Corporation Flight 777
was shot down by German Junkers Ju 88s
, killing actor Leslie Howard
and leading to speculation that it was an attempt to assassinate Winston Churchill
...that the pioneer American
airman Lowell Smith
participated in the first mid-air refueling
, the first aerial circumnavigation
and held 16 records for military aircraft in speed, endurance and distance?
... that the Air Zoo
in Kalamazoo, Michigan
houses the only SR-71B Blackbird
...that one of the first aircraft
to cross the Atlantic
was the Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.55 flying boat
, which went on to serve in the Luftwaffe
...that the Tenerife disaster
remained the deadliest aircraft incident in history until the September 11, 2001 attacks and neither plane was in flight when the accident occurred.
...that the Ryan X-13 Vertijet
aircraft landed by using a hook on its nose to hang itself on a wire?
...that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
contains the world's oldest airworthy survivor of the Battle of Britain
, alongside ten other historic aircraft - two of which fought over Normandy
...that Indra Lal Roy
of the Royal Air Force
's first flying ace
after he achieved 10 victories in thirteen days during World War I
...that passengers aboard JetBlue Airways Flight 292
were able to watch their own malfunctioning aircraft
circle Los Angeles International Airport
on the satellite television
screens at each seat until the flight crew disabled the system in preparation for the aircraft's successful emergency landing
...that Roy Marlin "Butch" Voris
, founder of the United States Navy
's Blue Angels
flight demonstration team, chose the name based on a nightclub advertisement in The New Yorker
...that Berlin Airlift
"Candy Bomber" Gail Halvorsen
would wiggle the wings of his plane to identify himself to children below?
...that Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
was only twenty-eight years old when he helped found Pan American World Airways
...that the fighter pilot Aleksandr Kazakov
destroyed 32 German
and Austro-Hungarian planes
, while his formal tally of 17 is explained by the fact that only planes crashed in the Russian
-held territory were officially counted?
...that the Zagreb mid-air collision
was one of the deadliest mid-air collisions
...that Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Bris
accomplished the world's first powered flight
, with a glider
that was pulled behind a running horse?
...that the Alexander Aircraft Company
, which produced Eaglerock biplanes in Colorado
, was the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world for a brief period between 1928
...that the Aerocar Coot
was a two-seat amphibious aircraft
designed for home-building
by Moulton Taylor
offered a Harrier fighter jet
in their Pepsi Billion Dollar Sweepstakes
game and the Pepsi Stuff game for people accumulating a certain number of points?
...that the airfields
captured in the battle of Tinian
were used for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
...that the Cessna 165
aircraft was instrumental in the recovery of the Cessna Aircraft Company
in the years following the Great Depression
...that the crash of Crossair Flight LX498
was initially attributed to cell phone
use, and led to bans of cell phones in airplanes
in several countries?
...that Theo Osterkamp
was the first German reconnaissance
pilot to fly a land-based aircraft
during World War I
...that Garuda Indonesia flight 152
was the deadliest air disaster of 1997, claiming the lives of over 230 people?
..that Elm Farm Ollie
in 1930 became the first cow
to be milked while flying in an airplane
designed in late 1920s
was the first Polish fighter
to enter serial production?
...that the Blohm und Voss Bv 144
was an attempt by Nazi Germany
to develop an advanced commercial airliner
for post-war service?
...that the Spartan Cruiser (pictured)
was originally designed as mail plane
and even flew a test flight to Karachi
as such, but was then transformed into a passenger airplane
...that on May 3, 2002 a military MiG-21bis
into the Bank of Rajasthan in India
, killing eight?
...that No. 112 Squadron RAF
was the first unit from any air force
to use the "Shark Mouth" logo on P-40 fighter planes
...that the BAE Systems HERTI
is the first and only fully autonomous UAV
to have been certificated by the United Kingdom
...that during World War II
, Marine Fighting Squadron 215
established four new U.S. Marine Corps
records in the South Pacific
including having the most ace pilots
...that Wing Commander Stanley Goble
and Flying Officer
Ivor McIntyre, piloting a single-engined seaplane (pictured)
, became the first men to circumnavigate Australia
by air in 1924?
... the Safety Promotion Center
, established by Japan Airlines
after the worst single aircraft accident in history, has passengers' farewell letters and wreckage on display to educate employees about safety?
...that the strategic bombing
campaign used in the 1990 Operation Instant Thunder
served as a model for subsequent American
...that Washington Senators
outfielder Elmer Gedeon
, who pulled a crew member from a burning wreck, died while piloting a B-26 bomber
...that the Silver Centenary biplane
, built in Beverley, Western Australia
, received its airworthiness
certificate 77 years after its first flight?
...that a Cambridge University society
has launched high altitude balloons
that have taken a picture of the earth's curvature from a height of 32 km?
...that François Denhaut
built the world's first flying boat
, or seaplane
with a hull
...that during Operation Deep Freeze II
in 1956, US Navy Rear Admiral George J. Dufek
commanded the first aircraft to land at the South Pole
, the C-47 Skytrain
“Que Sera Sera”?
...that the Pterodactyl Ascender (pictured)
has been one of the most influential designs in ultralight aviation
...that the Lockheed NF-104A (pictured)
, equipped with a reaction control system
as well as a rocket engine
to supplement a jet engine
, was a low-cost training vehicle for American astronauts
in the 1960s?
...that Yekaterina Zelenko
was the only woman to perform an aerial ramming
and the only female pilot in the Winter War
... that a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress
shortly after take-off at Bakers Creek, Queensland
in 1943, killing 40 of the 41 service personnel on board and making it Australia
's worst aviation disaster?
... that the first exhibition at the Boeing Galleries
was a series of photographs taken from helicopters
and hot air balloons
... that Soviet test pilot Vladimir Kokkinaki
set twenty aviation world records?
... that Arthur Hartley
developed the Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation
which is credited with safely landing 2,500 aircraft during World War Two
... that Jimmy Doolittle
commanded a 22 plane
demonstration celebrating the opening of Henderson, Kentucky
's Audubon Memorial Bridge
...that the asymmetrical monoplane BV 141
is one of many military aircraft
designed by Richard Vogt
...that Royal Brunei Catering
, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Royal Brunei Airlines
, was named as Best Regional Caterer 1995/1996 by Singapore Airlines
... that 820 Naval Air Squadron was involved in attacks on the German battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz during the Second World War?
... that the airline Vildanden started its first route with wet leased aircraft from Coast Air?
... that the Tony Jannus Award for distinguished achievement in commercial aviation is named for the pilot of the first scheduled commercial airline flight?
... that Coast Aero Center and Norving were the first airlines with scheduled services at Geilo Airport, Dagali located in Hol, Norway?
... that on 28 May 1931, a Bellanca CH-300 fitted with a Packard DR-980 diesel engine set a 55-year record for staying aloft for 84 hours and 32 minutes without being refueled?
... that in the middle of building Fagernes Airport, Leirin, the authorities changed their minds and gave the airport more than twice the runway length?
... that Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the captain of US Airways Flight 1549, also runs an aviation safety consultant company and has worked as an accident investigator for the USAF, NTSB, and FAA?
... that before he flew the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh's first choice of aircraft was the Ryan M-2?
... that the price war started by Color Air in 1998 led to its bankruptcy after 14 months?
... that teenage aviatrix Elinor Smith, the "Flying Flapper of Freeport", had her pilot's license suspended for 15 days for flying under New York City's four East River bridges in 1928?
... that Teddy Air was the first airline to win a public service obligation in Norway?
... that to open the swing door on the General Aircraft Hamilcar glider and allow vehicles to emerge, pilots had to climb out of the glider's cockpit and slide down 15 feet of fuselage?
... that Samuel Frederick Henry Thompson, a British flying ace of World War I, scored 30 kills in five months of service and won both the DFC and MC?
... that the collection of the Prague Aviation Museum, Kbely includes 275 aircraft, of which approximately 110 are on public display?
... that Flying Officer (later Air Commodore) Frank Lukis was one of the original twenty-one officers in the RAAF when it was formed in 1921?
.. that five UH-1 Iroquois helicopters of the Experimental Military Unit were shot down by a single Viet Cong soldier armed with an AK-47 rifle?
... that the loss of nine military crew members and passengers when Buffalo 461 was shot down over Syria in 1974, remains the largest single-incident loss of life in Canadian peacekeeping history?
... that Wing Commander John Lerew, ordered to defend Rabaul against Japanese invasion in 1942, signaled headquarters the legendary gladiatorial phrase "We who are about to die salute you"?
... that while flying accidents were commonplace at RAAF training establishments during World War II, No. 8 Service Flying Training School's first fatality was from drowning?
... that former USAF officer David P. Cooley who was the chief test pilot for the F-117 Nighthawk died in March 2009 while testing the F-22 Raptor?
... that the PZL SM-4 Łątka never flew, because its engine was not approved for use in flight?
... that No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School RAAF (aircraft of unit pictured) was the only Royal Australian Air Force training unit to be based in Tasmania during World War II?
... that Walter Borchers was one of three brothers, all three received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II?
... that when Lilian Bland built an aircraft in 1910, she used her aunt's ear-trumpet and a whisky bottle to feed petrol to the engine?
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