Hello Folks, well, this post is the last full week of this year already. The next time I show up we’ll be into the new year. I hope you had a wonderful and safe Christmas and you will have a Happy and safe New Year’s Eve. This has been quite a year, hasn’t it? Next year is shaping up to be a doozy too, what with the Presidential campaigning and election. The big questions (in my opinion) being: will our troops finally come home next year and if they do, what will the impact be.?. Also, the F-15 grounding is causing a severe strain on the other aircraft in the inventory. what will happen with this? Next, although Afghanistan isn’t getting the press Iraq is, what about those troops? And finally, will we ever catch Osama Bin Laden? Well, before I say something really PI (Politically Incorrect), let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
28 December 1913
The first flight at an altitude of over 20,000 feet was made by Georges Legagneux, flying at 20,079 feet in his Nieuport Type IIN at St. Raphael in France.
29 December 1913
The first flight from France to Egypt was completed after a month by Frenchman Jules Vedrines on a Bleriot monoplane.
28 December 1916
Zeppelins LZ53 (L17) and LZ69 (L24) were destroyed in a fire in their shed in Tondem. In a separate incident Schutte-Lunz SL 12 (E5) was also wrecked.
29 December 1916
In Russia, Zeppelin LZ84 (L38) made a forced landing.
27 December 1935
The USAAC dropped bombs to divert a lava flow off Mauna Loa at Hilo in Hawaii – the first recorded use of aerial bombs for this purpose.
30 December 1936
French Woman Mademoiselle Marye Bastie flew from Dakar in Senegal to Natal in Brazil, in a time of 12 hours 5 minutes.
26 December 1937
Pan American World Airwys flying boat ‘Samoa Clipper’ inaugurated the first air mail and freight service between the USA and New Zealand.
28 December 1939
Germany’s Lufthansa and Russia’s Aeroflot agreed to resume air services in 1940 between the two capitals.