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Story 1909: Flight Around the Statue of Liberty Posted on Sep 28, 2016

Today in 1909, Wilbur Wright flew around the Statue of Liberty as part of the New York Hudson-Fulton Celebration, resulting in this historic Harper’s Weekly cover page. 

Topics: Aviation Early flight
Story First Solo Hop Posted on Sep 02, 2016

Although her flight is not considered “official,” this day in history we remember Blanche Stuart Scott, the first American woman to take a solo hop into the air.

Topics: Aviation Early flight People Women Records and Firsts
Story 1983: First African American in Space Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Guion Bluford made history on August 30, 1983 when he became the first African American in space, launching into low Earth orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. He subsequently flew aboard three additional shuttle missions, logging a total of 688 hours in space.

Topics: Spaceflight Space Shuttle program People African American or Black people
Story 1932: Amelia Earhart Flies Nonstop Across U.S. Posted on Aug 25, 2016

Today in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. nonstop. Earhart  piloted her Lockheed Vega 5B from Los Angeles to Newark in a record 19 hours and 5 minutes.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft Early flight People Women
Story 1909: The First Major International Flying Meet Posted on Aug 22, 2016

On this day in 1909, some of the world's leading aviators met at a racetrack in Reims, France, to compete in the first organized international air meet.

Topics: Aviation Sports aviation Early flight
Story Orville Wright Born Today in 1871 Posted on Aug 19, 2016

Today in 1871, aviator and inventor Orville Wright was born to Milton and Susan Catherine Koerner Wright. Orville was the sixth of seven children born to the Wrights.

Topics: Aviation Early flight People
Story Aug. 13, 1911: Second U.S. Woman to Earn Pilot’s License Posted on Aug 13, 2016

On August 13, 1911, Matilde Moisant became the second woman in the United States to receive her pilot’s license, just a few weeks after her friend Harriet Quimby.

Topics: Aviation Early flight People Women Records and Firsts
Story August 11, 1978: Crossing the Atlantic in a Balloon Posted on Aug 11, 2016

On this day in 1978, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman took off from Presque Isle, Maine in the gas balloon Double Eagle II in an attempt to cross the Atlantic. The successful crossing took 137 hours, 6 minutes and covered 5,021 kilometers (3,120 miles) landing in a wheat field near Miserey, France.

Topics: Aviation Balloons Records and Firsts
Story On This Day: Wilbur Wright Flies in Europe Posted on Aug 08, 2016

On this day in 1908, Wilbur Wright publicly demonstrated a Wright aircraft for the first time in Europe at the Hunaudières racecourse at Le Mans, southwest of Paris.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft Early flight
Story On This Day: Enola Gay Drops Atomic Bomb Posted on Aug 06, 2016

On this day in 1945, during the final stages of World War II, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft War and Conflict World War II