Hello Folks, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself. I’m married (37 years), have one son, downsize/retired and enjoy building aircraft models. I’m a charter member of the 1941 Historical Aircraft group Museum and started moderating the website Message Board in late 2004. I enjoy reading and am into alternate history. That’s about it. Oh, I’m pushing the big 60.
8 February 1908
Three bids for the Army’s first plane were approved by the Secretary of War.
10 February 1908
The United States Army signed a contract with the Wright brothers for the construction of a Wright Model A biplane.
7 February 1911
The first French flying certificate was issued to Lieutenant de Rose.
The Spanish air arm was renamed as the Servico de Aeronautic Militar Espanola.
11 February 1913
The Chilean air service, Escuela de Aeronautica Militar, was formed.
The first aerial torpedo was released by a Farman biplane by General A. Guidoni of the Italian Army.
5 February 1914
Lt. J.C. Morrow became the last flier to qualify as a Military Aviator.
6 February 1916
German fighter ace Max Immelman took to the air in a Fokker EIV fitted with three synchronised machine guns.
7 February 1917
Zeppelin LZ82 (L36) was wrecked after a forced landing at Rehben-an-der-Aller.
11-12 February 1917
German Lieutenants Peter and Frohwein, in a DFW CV aircraft, recorded the first night fighting victories when they shot down two enemy bombers at Malzeville.
7 February 1918
Instrument standardization between Army and Navy planes was established.
9 February 1934
All existing air mail contracts were cancelled and the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) began flying internal mail services.
11-12 February 1942
The German battle-cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the cruiser Prince Eugen left Brest and escaped through the English Channel. They were provided with a strong Luftwaffe air umbrella during the passage.
8 February 1950
A Lockheed Neptune of the United States Navy established a distance record for carrier-launched aircraft flying 5,156 miles in 25 hours 59 minutes, non-stop from the Atlantic to San Francisco.
5 February 1951
The USA and Canada announced their intention to set up a Distance Early Warning (DEW) system for North America.
6 February 1951
The United States Air Force (USAF) announced that it had lost 223 aircraft in Korea, mostly through accidents, up to January 1951. The United States Navy (USN) and Marine losses were 182.
8 February 1953
The American Medical Association recognized Aviation Medicine as a medical specialty, the first one to involve from military practice and research.
6 February 1959
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) successfully launched the first Titan I ICBM. With a range of 5,500 nautical miles, the two-stage liquid-fueled missile was deployed in underground silos but had to be raised to the surface before launch.
8 February 1965
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) performed its first retaliatory airstrike in North Vietnam. A North American F-100 Super Sabre flew cover for attacking South Vietnamese fighter aircraft, suppressing ground fire in the target area.
6 February 1967
The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Space defense Center moved into Cheyenne Mountain, Colo., completing the movement of all units into this hardened, underground facility.
7 February 1984
The first un-tethered space-walk was achieved by Captain Bruce McCandless. He left the Challenger space shuttle 164 miles above Hawaii, wearing a jet powered “Manned Maneuvering Unit” (MMU) back-pack that he had helped design and “walked” 300 feet out and back without a safety line.
6 February 1991
Reserve Captain Robert R. Swain of the 706th Tactical Fighter Squadron scored the first ever A-10 Warthog air-to-air kill by shooting down an Iraqi helicopter.
10 February 1992
Provide Hope I, a humanitarian airlift operation, delivered thousands of tons of food and medical supplies to the Commonwealth of Independent States, former republics of the USSR. The U.S. Air Force flew 65 missions in support of the operation.
10 February 1993
Taiwan unveiled its new fighter, the IDF designed for the Republic of China Air Force with assistance from General Dynamics. The IDF first flew in 1989 as was now ready to go into full production.
10 February 1994
Lt. Jeannie Flynn, the first woman selected for U.S. Air Force combat pilot training, completed training in an F-15E Eagle.
9 February 1996
The German Second World War fighter ace General Adolf Galland died aged 83.
8 February 1998
Former Lockheed test pilot Anthony W. “Tony” LeVier died aged 84. During his 32 years with Lockheed, he took twenty prototypes into the air on their first flights, survived eight crashes and a mid-air collision.
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