Hello Folks, hope last week went well for you. Since we last “spoke”, the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Message Board and specifically myself is taking on the operation of bringing the C-119 located there to acceptable museum quality STATIC condition. For more details, check the message board. Right now, if any of you Folks have the time and energy and live within a reasonable driving distance of Geneseo, NY, please contact me through my e-mail shown on the message board. Thank You. Now let’s get down to some serious history…
23 July 1905
The first flight of the Wright Flyer No. III took place. This was the first fully controllable and proctical version of the original Flyer.
24 July 1910
German August Euler patented a machine-gun armament arrangement for an airplane.
27 July 1912
The first wireless message was transmitted from an airship to a ship, the torpedo boat USS Stringham. Lieutenant John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox sent it from a Wright B1 Flyer.
23 July 1917
Major B.D. Foulois took command of the United States Army Signal Corps’ Airplane Division.
24 July 1917
The United States Congress in Washington DC passed a bill earmarking $640 million for expenditure on military aviation.
26 July 1917
German Jagdgeschwader 1, comprising Jastas 4, 6, 10, and 11 was formed and led by Manfred von Richthofen, it soon acquired the nickname of the “Flying Circus.”
27 July 1917
In Washington DC a naval aircraft factory was approved for Philadelphia.
A British Airco (de Havilland) DH4 bomber arrived in the USA for evaluation and the first American manufactured DH4, powered by a Liberty engine, appeared in February 1918.
28 July 1926
The first recovery of a seaplane by a submarine was completed by the USN during experimental trials.
25 July 1932
The Soviet Union signed non-aggression pacts with Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Poland.
26 July 1936
The Imperial Japanese Army Air Force was established as a separate arm of the Japanese defense forces.
25 July 1944
The first jet aircraft combat took place when a German Messerschmitt Me 262 from the experimental unit Ek262 intercepted a RAF Mosquito reconnaissance aircraft from No. 544 Squadron over Munich. The British plane managed to survive the encounter.