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Aviation (1783-1997)

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The first balloon flight to the first solo around-the-world flight completed by a woman.

Man first traveled through the air in hot air balloons and quickly progressed to heavier-than-air machines in 1903 when the Wright brothers made their historic flight.  Since that time there have been constant advances in all areas of aviation.

Flying machines based on propeller engines, Hydrogen and Helium balloons followed, but it was the invention of the turbo-jet engine during the second world war that was to see aviation take its next big leap forward.

All through this period, new records for exploration, height and speed have been set as the evolution of air flight continues.

  8 Aug 1709  CEThe first known ascent in hot-air balloon by Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors) in Brazil.
    1783  CEJoseph Montgolfier and Étienne Montgolfier launch the first unmanned hot air balloons.
    1783  CEPilstre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes make the first free balloon flight.
    1783  CEThe first unmanned hydrogen balloon flight reaches 900 m altitude.
    1784  CEMadame Thible becomes first woman to fly (in a balloon).
    1784  CE13 year old Edward Warren amkes the first American balloon flight.
    1784  CEThe first balloon flight in Ireland.
    1785  CETwo French balloonists die in the world's first fatal aviation accident.
    1785  CEBlanchard and Jeffries make the first balloon flight across English Channel.
    1793  CEJean Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon flight in North America, in Philadelphia.
    1797  CEJacques Garnerin makes the first parachute jump from a balloon over Paris.
    1808  CEDutch King Louis Napoleon signs the first Dutch aviation law.
    1830  CECharles Durant, the first US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, New York City to Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
    1852  CEFrench Inventor Henry Giffard flew in the first steam-powered airship over Paris.
    1870  CEJules Janssen, flies in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse.
  1 Jul 1900  CEMaiden flight of airship built by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
    1901  CESantos-Dumont proves that an airship is maneuverable by circling Eiffel Tower.
    1902  CELyman Gilmore is the first person to fly a powered craft.
 17 Dec 1903  CEWright brothers make first heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina when Orville Wright takes off at 10:35 AM.
    1903  CEIn New Zealand, Richard Pearse flies a monoplane several hundred yards.
    1903  CEThe Wright brothers obtain an airplane patent.
    1904  CEWilbur Wright makes his first airplane flight which was the first flight to last more than 5 minutes.
    1906  CEThe first airplane flight in Europe.
    1906  CEThe Vuia I aircraft built by Romanian Traja Vuia is tested in France.
    1906  CEThe Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane.
    1907  CEFrench cyclist Paul Cornu flies a twin rotor helicopter.
    1908  CEMiss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is the first airplane passenger (Belgium).
    1908  CEOrville Wright makes the first 1 hour airoplane flight, Fort Myer.
    1908  CEParis advocate E Archdeacon is the first passenger in a airplane.
    1908  CEThomas Selfridge becomes the first fatality of powered flight.
    1909  CEA H Latham of France sets the world airoplane altitude record of 155m.
    1909  CEComte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300m.
    1909  CEThe first French air show, Concours d'Avation opens.
    1909  CEThe first US monoplane is flown by Henry W Walden from Long Island New York.
    1909  CEWorld's first air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtis (USA) wins.
    1910  CEBaroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris France becomes the first licensed female pilot.
    1910  CEBlanche Scott became the first woman solo a public airplane flight.
    1910  CEPilot Charles Hamilton makes the first 1-day round-trip from New York to Philadelphia.
    1910  CEThe first 2 aircraft collision happened in Milan, Italy.
    1910  CEThe first aircraft air display is held at Hendon in England.
    1910  CEThe first airplane flight from the deck of a ship, Norfolk, Va.
    1910  CEThe first airship with passengers sets afloat in the Zeppelin Deutscheland.
    1910  CEThe first night air flight by Claude Grahame-White of England.
    1910  CEThe first roundtrip flight over the English Channel by C.S. Rolls of England.
    1910  CEThe first seaplane, takes off from water at Martigues France (Henri Fabre).
    1910  CEThe first test flight of a twin-engined airplance took place in France.
    1911  CECalbraith Rogers completes the first crossing of the US by airplane.
    1911  CEGarros sets the world altitude record of 4,250 m (13,944 ft).
    1911  CEM Fourny sets world aircraft distance record of 720 km.
    1911  CENieuport sets an aircraft speed record of 83 mph (133 kph).
    1911  CEThe first airmail service (the British Post Office).
    1911  CEThe first airplane bombing experiments with explosives took place in San Francisco.
    1911  CEThe first non-stop London to Paris flight by Pierre Prier in 3 hours 56 minutes.
    1911  CEThe first photo in the US taken from an airplane took place in San Diego.
    1911  CEThe first rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba.
    1911  CEThe first shipboard landing of a plane which flew from Tanforan Park to the USS Pennsylvania.
    1911  CEThe first transcontinental airplane flight, NY to Pasadena, in 82 hrs 4 min.
    1911  CEThe Zeppelin 'Deutscheland' is wrecked at Dusseldorf.
    1912  CECaptain Albert Berry performs the first parachute jump from an airplane.
    1912  CEHarriet Quimby becomes the first woman pilot to cross the English Channel.
    1912  CEJ Vedrines makes the first airoplane flight over 100 mph.
    1912  CEThe Royal Flying Corps is established in England.
    1912  CEThe first time an aircraft recovers from a spin.
    1912  CEWorld's first flying boat's maiden flight by Glenn Curtiss in New York.
    1913  CELt Peter Nestrov, of the Imperial Russian Air Service, performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev. This is the first aerobatic maneuver in an airplane.
    1913  CEThe first 4 engine aircraft built and flown by Igor Sikorsky in Russia.
    1913  CEAdolphe P'goud, of France, became the first pilot to parachute from an aircraft.
    1913  CETiny Broadwick becomes the first woman to parachute from an airplane.
    1914  CEIn the US, Goddard begins rocket experiments.
    1914  CEGlenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome
    1914  CEThe first air flight out of the sight of land took place from Scotland to Norway.
    1914  CEThe first scheduled airline flight, St Petersburg-Tampa (Tony Jannus pilot)
 19 Jan 1915  CEThe first German LZ-38 Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die.
   Jan 1915  CEZeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea in Britain.
 12 Dec 1915  CEThe first all-metal aircraft, the Junkers J.1, is test flown at Dessau in Germany.
    1916  CEBoeing aircraft flies for the first time.
    1919  CEAmerica's first passenger flight took place between New York andAtlantic City.
    1919  CENC-4 aircraft commanded by A C Read completes the first crossing of the Atlantic.
    1919  CERoss and Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia.
    1919  CEThe first advanced monoplane airliner flight in a Junkers F13.
  1919  CEThe first jump with Army Air Corp parachute, a rip-cord type, by Les Irvin.
  1919  CEThe first nonstop air crossing of the Atlantic (Alcock & Brown) from Newfoundland to Ireland.
  1919  CEThe first scheduled passenger service by airplane form Paris to London.
  1919  CEThe first transatlantic flight ends in US Navy flying boat taking 11 days.
  1919  CEThe first wedding held in an aircraft, over Houston Texas.
  1920  CEThe first De Havilland double-decker flight (form London) lands in Schiphol.
  1920  CEThe first flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij).
  1921  CEThe first aerial cropdusting, in Troy Ohio, to kill caterpillars.
  1921  CEThe first US transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives Florida.
  1921  CEThe first US helium-filled dirigible makes its first flight.
  1921  CEThe first US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in New York City from San Francisco.
  1922  CEThe airship 'Rome' explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia and 34 people die.
  1922  CEHenry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics.
  1922  CEThe first airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington DC.
  1923  CEEtienne Oehmichen sets a new helicopter distance record of 358 meters.
  1923  CESoviet Aeroflot airlines is established.
  1923  CEThe first flight of the airline company Sabena with a flight from Brussel-Lympne to Great Britain.
  1923  CEThe first flight of the autogiro by Juan de la Cierva, Madrid, Spain.
  1923  CEThe first nonstop transcontinental flight across the UAS (New York to San Diego) is completed.
  1923  CEThe ZR-1, the biggest active dirigible, flies over New York City's tallest skyscraper, the Woolworth Tower.
  1923  CEThe US Transcontinental airmail service begins.
  1924  CETwo US Army planes end the first successful around-the-world flight, Seattle to Seattle with 57 stops.
  1924  CEFinnair begins scheduled flight betreen Helsinki and Tallinn.
  1924  CEImperial Airways is formed in Britain.
  1926  CE2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard
  1926  CEThe first flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd).
  1927  CEThe first balloon flight over 40,000 feet by Scott Field in Illinois.
  1927  CEThe first British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  1927  CEThe first flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii
  1927  CECharles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic.
  1928  CEAmelia Earhart is the first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean by air as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon.
  1928  CEGraf Zeppelin sets airship distance record of 6384 km
  1928  CEThe first aerial cross of the Pacific from Oakland to Brisbane Australia
  1928  CEThe first autogiro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US
  1929  CEGerman airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
  1929  CEGerman airship Graf Zeppelin ends a round-the-world flight.
  1929  CEGraf Zeppelin passes over SF for LA after trans-Pacific voyage.
  1929  CELt James H Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.
  1929  CEThe first airship flight around the Earth flying eastward.
  1929  CEIn Miami, Florida, the first child that was born in an aircraft.
  1929  CEThe first high-speed jet wind tunnel completed Langley Field, Califirnia.
  1929  CEThe first manned rocket plane flight by auto maker Fritz von Opel.
  1929  CEThe first non-stop England to India flight.
  1930  CEThe first airplane catapulted from a dirigible, Charles Nicholson, pilot
  1930  CEThe first non-stop airplane flight from Europe to US (37 hrs)
  1930  CEThe first nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama
  1930  CEThe first radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC
  1930  CEThe first scheduled transcontinental air service began
  1930  CEThe first seaplane glider flown, Port Washington NY
  1930  CEThe first transcontinental flight by a woman completed, Laura Ingalls
  1930  CEThe first transcontinental glider tow completed
  1930  CEThe first US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst New Jersey
  1930  CEThe first US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
  1930  CEThe first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight Miss Ruth Nichols (Mineola, NY to CA), in a Lockheed-Vega, took 7 days
  1930  CEAmy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia solo.
  1931  CEMaxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  1931  CEThe first nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)
  1932  CEAmelia Earhart (1897-1937) leaves Newfoundland becoming the first woman fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic taking 14 hours 56 minutes.
  1933  CEThe first airplane flight over Mount Everest.
  1933  CEThe first airplane to exceed 300 mph (483 kph), JR Wendell, Glenview, Il
  1933  CEThe first flight of all-metal Boeing 247
  1933  CEThe first flight over Mount Everest (Lord Clydesdale)
  1933  CEThe first Soviet liquid rocket attains altitude of 261' (80m)
  1934  CEThe first airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it
  1935  CEAirplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the US White House
  1935  CEAmelia Earhart flies from Honolulu HI to Oakland CA, non-stop.
  1936  CEAviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro NJ
  1936  CEThe first British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
  1936  CEThe first commercial flight from US mainland to Hawaii
  1936  CEThe first flight of airship Hindenburg, Germany.
  1936  CEThe first transatlantic round-trip air flight
2 Jul 1937  CEAmelia Earhart (1897-1937) with her navigator Frederick Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea, for the last 7,000 mile leg of her attempted to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by air. Radio contact was made on serveral occasions but trasmissions eventualy ceased it was presumed that she had gone down in the sea, but the incident remains unsolved.
  1937  CEThe first airmail letter to circle the globe returns to New York.
  1937  CEThe first automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica CA
  1937  CEThe first commercial aeroplane flight across the Pacific, Pan Am (China Clipper)
  1938  CEBoeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown (Eddie Allen)
  1938  CEGraf Zeppelin II, the world's largest airship, makes ita maiden flight.
  1939  CEThe first jet plane, the Heinkel He 178, is demonstrated to the German Air Ministry.
  1940  CECaproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
  1940  CEThe first successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300
  1941  CEGround broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita KS
  1941  CEMaiden flight by Canada's Avro Lancaster military plane
  1941  CENYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
  1941  CEThe first British turbojet flies.
  1941  CEThe first helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct
  1942  CEBell P-59 Airacomet fighter, 1st US jet, makes maiden flight
  1942  CEEric Nessler of France stays aloft in a glider for 38h21m
  1942  CEHelicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight
  1942  CERobert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly the Atlantic 100 times
  1942  CEThe first around world flight (Pan Am "Pacific Clipper")
  1942  CEThe first nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
  1942  CEThe first powered flight of V-1 buzz bomb, Peenemonde, Germany, reached 1.3 km
  1943  CEFrank Piasecki, Vertol founder, flies his 1st (single-rotor) craft
  1943  CEThe first jet fighter is tested
  1943  CEThe first woman to receive air medal (US army nurse Elsie S Ott)
13 Jun 1944  CEThe first V-2 rocket attack lands in Britain.
  1944  CEMesserschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel, 1st jet bomber, makes 1st flight
  1944  CEThe first use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol)
  1944  CEUS Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighter, the Bell P-59
  1945  CENew world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF
  1946  CEArmy rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight
  1946  CEThe first commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport CT
  1946  CEThe first helicopter licensed for commercial use (New York NY)
  1946  CEThe first transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
  1946  CEThe first US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  1946  CEThe first US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles up)
  1947  CEChuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)
  1947  CEConvair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
  1947  CEHoward Hughes' "Spruce Goose" flies for 1st (& last) time
  1947  CEMarion Carl in D-558-I sets world aircraft speed record, 1,047 kph
  1947  CERadar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated
  1947  CEThe first 4 engine jet propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Oh
  1947  CEThe first helicopter air mail & express service, LA, Ca
  1947  CEThe first plane (F-80) to exceed 600 mph (1004 kph)-Albert Boyd, Muroc Ca
  1947  CEThe first round-the-world civil air service leaves NYC
  1947  CEUN's International Civil Aviation Organization established
  1947  CEXB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight, Muroc CA
  1948  CEF-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph
  1948  CEThe first air squadron of jets aboard a carrier
  1948  CEThe first radio-controlled airplane flown.
  1948  CEThe XP-86 prototype for the Sabre Jet first "officially" breaks the sound barrier. The first operational F-86A Sabres entered service in May of the same year
  1948  CEUS rocket flies record 4800 KPH to 126k height
  1948  CEWright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England
  1949  CEAir crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
  1949  CELucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round-the-world flight at Fort Worth TX, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hours
  1949  CEThe first British-produced jet bomber, Canberra, makes its The first test flight
  1949  CEThe first firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
  1949  CETruman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral
  1949  CEUSAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  1950  CEIsraeli airline El Al begins service.
  1950  CEMaiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane.
  1950  CEThe first congress of Internat'l Astronautical Federation opens in Paris.
  1950  CEThe first helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines.
  1950  CEThe first transatlantic jet passenger trip.
  1951  CEThe first jet passenger trip is made.
  1951  CEThe first crossing of the North Pole in a single engine plane - CF Blair jet.
  1951  CEThe first rocket to intercept an airplane, White Sands, NM
  1952  CEBOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
  1952  CEDutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
  1952  CEFlying Enterprise sinks
  1952  CEThe first B-52 prototype test flight.
  1952  CEThe first landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole.
  1952  CEThe first scheduled jet airliner passenger service begins with a BOAC Comet
  1952  CETWA introduces tourist class
  1953  CEChuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  1953  CEEastern Airlines enters the jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
  1953  CEMarion Carl in Douglas Skyrocket reaches record 25,370 m
  1953  CEScott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1300 MPH)
  1953  CEThe first jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service
  1953  CEThe first passenger to fly commercially around the world
  1953  CEThe first west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight
  1953  CEThe first woman to break the sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  1953  CEUSAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
  1954  CEArthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  1954  CEGerman airline Lufthansa forms
  1954  CEThe first army helicopter battalion formed, Fort Bragg, NC
  1954  CEThe first regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins.
  1954  CEThe first rocket attains 150 mile (241 km) altitude, White Sands NM
  1954  CEThe first rocket-driven sled on rails was tested in Alamogordo NM
  1954  CEThe first US Presidential airplane christened
  1954  CEThe first VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  1955  CEBell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight
  1955  CEThe first aviator to bail out at supersonic speed - G F Smith
  1955  CEThe first jet magnesium airplane flown
  1955  CEThe first transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
  1956  CEBell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000'+
  1956  CEPeter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
  1956  CEThe first American to land an airplane at South Pole-Rear Adm GJ Dufek
  1956  CEThe first non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Wash DC
  1956  CEUnited DC-7 & TWA collide over Grand Canyon killing 128
  1957  CE3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hours 19 minutes
  1957  CEDavid Simons reaches 30,942 m in Man High 2 balloon
  1957  CEMajor Irwin, USAF flies a Lockheed Starfighter to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  1957  CERamon Magsaysay, President of Philippines dies in a plane crash
  1957  CERyan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  1957  CEScott Crossfield takes X-15 up for 1st powered flight
  1957  CEUSAF ballon breaks an altitude record at 102,000' (310,896 m)
  1957  CEUSAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter
  1958  CE7 members on Manchester United football team die in an air crash
  1958  CEBOAC Britannia flies London to New York in a record 7hours 57minutes
  1958  CEMajor Howard Johnson, USAF, sets aircraft altitude record in F-104 (Lockheed Starfighter), 27,810 meters
  1958  CEPanAm flies the 1st transatlantic jet trip-NY to Paris
  1958  CEThe first airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx
  1958  CEWalter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter
  1959  CEJ.B. Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513 m
  1959  CEThe first aviator to fly a million miles (1.61 Mkm) in a jet (MC Garlow)
  1959  CEX-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  1960  CERocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
  1961  CELt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude.
  1961  CEMalcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 meters (record) in balloon.
  1961  CEPaul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 meter at release to record 14,10.
  1961  CEUS Air Force bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours.
  1961  CEUS Air Force Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100 m.
  1962  CENASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m.
  1962  CENASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m.
  1962  CERobert A Rushworth, USAF major, takes X-15 to 30,600 meters.
  1962  CEThe first flight Vickers (British Aerospace) VC-10 long-range airliner.
  1962  CEThe first Lockheed A-12 flies.
  1962  CEUS Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167.
  1962  CEUSAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 75,190 m.
  1963  CEJoe Walker takes X-15 to altitude of 82 km
  1963  CENASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 67 miles (106 km)
  1963  CEThe first flight of Boeing 727 jet
  1963  CEThe first Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  1963  CEUSAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m
  1964  CEJerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
  1964  CELockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
  1964  CEUS FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City OK
  1965  CEJack McKay in X-15 reaches 90 km
  1965  CEJoe Engle in X-15 reaches 80 km
  1965  CEJoe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km
  1965  CEThe first nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
  1965  CEUSAF Capt Joseph Henry Engle reaches 85,530 m in X-15
  1966  CESheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman
  1966  CEWilliam Dana in X-15 reaches 93 km
  1967  CEMichael Adams in X-15 reaches 80 km
  1967  CEPete Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km
  1967  CEThe anglo-french prototype "Concorde" aircraft is first shown, in France.
  1967  CEThe first Boeing 737 rolls out
  1967  CEWilliam Knight sets X-15 speed rec of 7,297 KPH/4,534 MPH/Mach 6.72
  1968  CEThe first Boeing 747 rolls out
  1968  CEThe first supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
  1968  CEUSAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
2 Mar 1969  CEThe first test flight of the anglo-french Concorde jet aircraft in Bristol, England. The flight lasted just 27 minutes.
  1969  CEThe first Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  1970  CEAmerican Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  1970  CEBoeing 747 makes its maiden voyage
  1970  CECaledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  1970  CEConcorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH)
  1970  CEThe first commercial Boeing 747 flight (Pan Am), New York to London in 6½ hours
  1971  CESoviet Union's Concorde, TU-144, makes its 1st appearance
  1972  CEBEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
  1972  CEThe first flight of the Goodyear blimp
  1973  CEBEA flight to Basel Switz, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
  1973  CEConcorde flies from Washington DC to Paris in 3h33m
  1973  CEObservers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse.
  1975  CEThe first supersonic transport service (USSR-Tupolev-144)
  1976  CEPanama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
  1976  CESupersonic Concorde, first commercial flights, by Britain & France.
  1976  CEThe first commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington DC)
  1977  CERegular Concorde passenger service begins between NY and London.
  1977  CESir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate "Skytrain" service, London to NY
  1977  CESupersonic Concorde jet's 1st landing in NYC
  1977  CEThe first man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor)
  1978  CEJohn McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston
  1978  CEThe first manned balloon crossing of Atlantic Ocean (Eagle II)
  1979  CEBryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  1980  CESteve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
  1980  CEThe first nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
  1981  CEBoeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified
  1982  CEBraniff Airlines files for bankruptcy
  1982  CELaker Airways collapse owing £270 million ($351 million)
  1985  CEFlexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
  1986  CEMicrolite aircraft circles world non-stop
  1986  CERutan & Yeager make 1st around-the-world flight without refueling
  1988  CEExperimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
  1989  CEBoeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  1990  CEBoeing 767 sets nonstop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya
  1990  CESR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
  1996  CE2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
  1997  CELinda Finch completes the around-the-world flight first attempted by Amelia Earhart.
 Apr 2003  CEBritish Airways (BA)and Air France made a joint announcement on the retirement of the supersonic aircraft, Concorde.
 May 2003  CEThe final flight of the French Concorde aircraft.
24 Oct 2003  CEThe world first passenger supersonic aircraft, the anglo-french Concorde, flew its last commercial flight. As three British Concorde's flew into Heathrow airport in London to mark the occaision.
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