Hello Folks, once again it’s time for a history lesson. I’m typing this on the second full day of Fall and it hit 91 degrees today. Shattered the record of 90 degrees set in, I think, 1891. This is the last week of September already. This is my 32nd post. I’m gonna hit 60 in a week or so. AAAAGGGGHHH!!! Enough of this, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
30 September 1906
The first international balloon race started from Les Tuileries in Paris and was won by Lieutenant Frank P. Lahm of the United States Army. Lahm flew his balloon ‘United States” a distance of 402 miles (637 kilometers) to Fylingdales Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
29 September 1907
The Brequet-Richet helicopter lifted off but had to be steadied by ground crew using poles.
27 September 1910
Roger Sommer flew in his unique twin-engined biplane.
25 September 1911
Pole Scipio del Campo piloted the Cywinski and Zbieranski biplane on a flight of 12-1/2 miles. (This one is for us, Folks, both Polish and Polish-American )
29 September 1913
A Deperdussin monoplane piloted by Maurice Prevost flew at 126 m.p.h. to win the Gordon Bennett cup at Reims in France. This was the last speed record before the outbreak of the First World War.
27 September 1914
The first French bomber Group was formed and was equipped with Voisin biplanes.
26 September 1916
Hauptmann Rudolf Berthold, one of Germany’s highest-rated fighter pilots during World War I, received the Pour le Merite. He achieved 44 air victories before being injured in 1918, when his Fokker DVII collided with an enemy aircraft and crashed into a house.
25 September 1918
Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker was awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor.
26 September 1918
Frenchman Captaine Rene Paul Fonck shot down six German aircraft in one day, including four Fokker DVIIs and an Albatros DV.
Sept. 24, 2007
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is 1st Lt. James W. Blose, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Sharpsville, Pa. He will be buried Sept. 29 in Hermitage, PA. Representatives from the Army met with Blose’s next-of-kin in her hometown to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.
On April 22, 1942 Blose and another pilot, 2nd Lt. William S. Shaw, departed Nausori, Airdrome, Viti Levu Island, Fiji, on an airborne alert mission. Soon after takeoff, bad weather forced the pilots to fly below the level of several mountaintops in the area and land their P-39D Airacobras at Nandi Airdrome. Shaw successfully landed his plane, but Blose was not seen or heard from again. Initial ground searches in the thick jungles and rugged terrain were unsuccessful.
Perhaps one of the most talked about aviation events of all time will be taking place this weekend in Columbus, OH. The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends Airshow starts today and continues through Sunday, September 30 at Columbus’ Rickenbacker International Airport. Over 107 North American P-51 Mustangs will be in attendance (click here for a list) and warbirds of various other types will be in attendance either in an official role or just coming to be a part of what has become the biggest warbird event of the 21st Century (so far).
Join the discussion at the Warbird Information Exchange and AirShowBuzz to get the scoop on what aircraft have arrived so far and up to the minute news on the event if you can’t be there in person!
Bob Rice, president of the Commemorative Air Force, announced publicly Thursday that he turned in his resignation on Aug. 27.
Rice will accept the position of executive director of the American Red Cross of Southwest Texas.
Rice, who will remain in his current capacity through AirSho, takes the helm of the American Red Cross on Oct. 8. According to Gordon Stevenson, chairman of the CAF’s Board of Directors, a nationwide search is underway to find Rice’s replacement.