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Today In Military/Aviation History 27 April – 3 May

April 26, 2009 9:47 pm

Hello Folks, yeah seven more down and dirty. To be honest, I’ve spent a very busy day on the Message Board I moderate on the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum Website, and I’m suffering from ODD (Ocular-digital Disorder)  this shows up when I get tired and what it is is my eyes see one thing and my fingers type another. It could get ugly, so let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?

Have an AB FAN week,

Take Care and Be Safe,

Tom K, ;)

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May 1909
The first aerial navigational chart is published. It is a 5-color chart showing routes out of Paris by Cartes Guides Campbell.

30 April 1910
Alberto Santos-Dumont retires from flying, suffering from multiple sclerosis.

May 1911
A Belgian female pilot, Helene Dutrieu, wins the Coppa del Re (Kings Cup) after beating 14 male rivals.

27 April 1912
The first passenger flight in Central America is piloted by Bob Fowler. En Route in the floatplane Raymond Duhem makes the first aerial film of Central America.

30 April 1915
German Navy Zeppelin L9, commanded by Kapitaltn Mathys, makes an attack on three British submarines, damaging the conning tower of one of them.

May 1915
The first Canadian flying school, the Curtiss Aviation School, opens at Long Branch.

1 May 1916
The German Schutte-Lanz airship crashes near Gotland.

May 1917
Fast and well-armed Spad XIII single-seat fighters enter service with French squadrons on the Western Front.

The first Airmail stamps are issued by the Italian Post Office. 200,000 25c Express Letter stamps were overprinted ‘Esperimento Posta Aerea – Maggio 1917 – Torino-Roma-Roma-Torino’

29 April 1918
Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, who would later become America’s top ace of the First World War, with 26 victories, claims his first victory, an Albatros Scout.

May 1919
Two Italian ex-military SCA M-class semi-rigid airships are used to inaugurate a passenger and mail service between Rome and Naples.

2-3 May 1923
Lieutenant O.G. Kelly and Lieutenant J.A. Macready of the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) make the first non-stop flight across the United States. Flying a Fokker T2, the journey time is 26 hours 50 minutes. They leave Roosevelt Field, Long Island and land at Rockwell Field in California.

1 May 1925
The Imperial Japanese Army Air Corps is formed.

2 May 1935
France concludes an alliance with the Soviet Union.

May 1941
The Soviet Union brings RUS-1 and RUS-2 air defense radar sets into service.

1 May 1944
A major allied offensive against the rail transportation system in Europe begins

28 April 1945
Benito Mussolini is captured at Dongo, near Lake Como and is shot by Italian Communist partisans.

29 April 1945
The war in Italy comes to an end with German envoys signing terms of unconditional surrender.

30 April 1945
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide in the air raid bunker beneath the German Chancellery in Berlin.

1 May 1949
The Air Arm, Hong Kong Defense Force is established with Royal Air Force (RAF) assistance. It adopts the title Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force in 1970.

29 April 1952
An Air France airliner is attacked by Russian jet fighters near Koennern in the Frankfurt-Berlin international air corridor.

1 May 1952
Pan American World Airways inaugurates its Rainbow tourist fare services to Europe with Douglas DC6 airliners.

30 April 1953
A civil aviation agreement is signed between Denmark and South Africa.

A Polish pilot who landed on Bornholm Island leaves Britain for the United States.

29 April 1954
The Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation becomes the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporations.

1 May 1954
The first United States Air Force (USAF) airborne Early Warning and Control Division is formed and equipped with Lockheed R121 Constellation aircraft for radar surveillance.

28 April 1956
United States Military Assistance Advisory Group begins work in South Vietnam.

30 May 1957
The United States Air Force (USAF) discloses the development of the Hughes Falcon air-to-air guided missile armed with a nuclear warhead.

28 April 1961
The Soviet Union regains the world altitude record when Colonel G. Mossolov, flying a Mikoyan Ye 66A, reaches 34,714 meters (118,898 feet).

30 April 1962
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) pilot Joe Walker takes the North American X-15A to a new altitude record of 75,195 meters (246,700 feet).

30 April – 12 May 1963
American Betty Miller makes the first transpacific solo flight by a woman. The 4-stop flight is from Oakland in California to Brisbane in Australia.

1 May 1963
Jacqueline Cochran, flying a Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter sets a new 100 kilometer closed circuit world speed record for women of 1,937kph (1,203mph).

1 May 1965
Colonel R.L. Stevens, flying a Lockheed YF-12A establishes a new world speed record of 3,331kph (2,070mph).

30 April 1975
The last United States Personnel leave Vietnam in a dramatic helicopter air lift from secured locations in Saigon. In total, 7,014 United States and South Vietnamese personnel are evacuated in the days before the North Vietnamese capture the city, ending American involvement in the Vietnam conflict.

30 April 1982
Pilatus Britten-Norman delivers its 1,000th Islander/Trislander aircraft.

30 April 1985
The Lockheed Starfighter ends all front-line service when the Danish Air Force disbands its ESK726 squadron.

May 1988
The Soviet Union begins to withdraw its armed forces from Afghanistan.

May 1992
Plans to retire the McDonnell Douglas F-4G Phantom II from American service are shelved. As a result of its success in Operation Desert Storm, it has been decided to keep the F-4G in service in the anti-aircraft radar countermeasures role with the United States Air Force (USAF) for several more years.

28 April 1997
The first five production V-22 Osprey tiltrotors are delivered by Bell Boeing for use by the United States Marines.

28 April 2000
Lockheed Martin delivers the 4,000th F-16 aircraft. The F-16C is delivered to the Egyptian Air Force as part of an order of 21 machines.

30 April 2001
The Pentagon appointed panel investigating the V-22 Osprey program publishes its recommendation that it should not be abandoned, although extensive redesign and repair work is required to return it to flight. With a disastrous safety record of 23 deaths in 4 crashes, the fleet had been grounded since December.

May 2001
United States Marine Corps (USMC) Commandant General James L. Jones reaffirms support for the V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor aircraft, saying it remains the program of choice for the USMC. The V-22 program faces cancellation by the Government.

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That’s it for this week, Folks.  See ya in seven

Today In Military/Aviation History 20 – 26 April

April 19, 2009 10:03 pm

Well Folks, as you may have noticed, there was no History post from me last week. That was because my CPU was in the shop and when I tried to use my better half’s computer to post here, I forgot my username and couldn’t get in to post. BAH! Up until then it had been an “automatic” log in with my username and password automatically filled in so all I had to do was hit the login button.  Just another example of “don’t get too comfortable with computers and pitbulls, they’ll turn on ya in a heartbeat.” All it took for mine to go all to heck was a bad printer driver I downloaded. My operating system had to be almost fully reinstalled. Luckily my e-mail and some other stuff was saved, but I’m still finding things I had but don’t anymore. Always remember: “COMPUTERS ARE OUR FRIENDS!” Bull sh..! Well let’s get down to some serious history once again, shall we?

Have an AB FAN week,

Take Care and Be Safe,

Tom K. ;)

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25 April 1914
Lieutenant P.N.L. Bellinger makes the first American operational sortie by aeroplane, searching for sea mines during the Santa Cruz incident. A total of five Curtiss AB flying boats are involved in the operation, flying from the battleship USS Mississippi and the cruiser USS Birmingham in an operation lasting 43 days.

20 April 1916
Escadrille Americaine, a squadron in the French Air Force composed of American volunteers, is formed and the unit is later renamed Lafayette Escadrille on 6 December.

24 April 1917
Lieutenant Colonel William ‘Billy’ Mitchell becomes the first United States army officer to over fly the German lines.

21 April 1918
Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, the ‘Red Baron’, is shot down and killed. Manfred von Richthofen was the most successful fighter pilot of the First World War and at the time of his death, he had shot down 80 Allied aircraft in air combat.

Although Captain Roy Brown of No.209 Squadron is credited with the destruction of von Richthofen’s Fokker Triplane, it has also been suggested that the Red Baron actually fell victim to ground fire whilst being pursued by Captain Brown.

21 April 1933
The first flight of new United States Navy (USN) dirigible (steerable airship) USS Macon.

26 April 1937
German aircraft of the Legion Condor, operating with Spanish Nationalist Forces, bomb Guernica, seat of the Basque government. This act becomes a symbol of the inhumanity of aerial bombing.

26 April 1939
Flugkapitän Fritz Wendel, flying Messerschmitt Me 209V1, establishes a new world top speed record of 755kph (469mph). This record will not be broken for 30 years.

25 April 1940
The USS Wasp aircraft carrier is commissioned.

22 April 1942
Assam, Burma, China Ferry Command is established to air ferry supplies into China over the Himalayas (The Hump).

23 April 1945
United States Navy Consolidated PB4Y Liberators of Patrol Bombing Squadron 109 launch two Bat missiles against Japanese shipping in Balikpapan harbour in Borneo. This is the first use of automatic homing missiles during the Second World War.

26 April 1945
Hanna Reitch, flying a Fiesler Fi156 Storch, flies General Ritter von Greim from Berlin, Gatow into Berlin. In Hitler’s underground bunker he is promoted to command the Luftwaffe in place of Hermann Göring.

24 April 1946
Winged Cargo Inc. begins operations in the USA. This glider (sailplane) commercial freight service uses Waco gliders, towed by Douglas DC3s.

26 April 1949
A flight-refueled world endurance record is completed in the United States, when Bill Barris and Dick Reidel, flying an Aeronca Chief lightplane ‘Sunkist Lady’, stay airborne for 1,008 hours 1 minute (one minute over six weeks). Fuel and food is hauled up daily from a Jeep speeding below.

20 April 1955
McDonnell XV1 experimental convertiplane makes its first transition from vertical to horizontal flight.

23 April 1959
The United States Hound Dog thermonuclear stand-off missile makes a successful first flight after launching from a Boeing B-52D Stratofortress bomber.

24 April 1959
Cathay Pacific begins service with its first Lockheed Electra.

21 April 1961
Major Robert White of the United States Air Force (USAF), pilots a North American X-15A during a full throttle flight to a speed of 4,947kph (3,074mph).

23 April 1967
The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 1, but Colonel Vladimir Komarov is killed when the spacecraft crashes on its return to earth. This is the first known man to have died in the course of a space flight.

24 April 1970
China launches its first satellite into Earth orbit, using its own nationally built rocket.

23 April 1974
Bell helicopters announces the delivery of the company’s 20,000th helicopter, 80% of which have been delivered since 1964.

20 April 1978
A Korean Airlines Boeing 707 crash lands after being strafed by a Soviet fighter jet. A Japanese and a South Korean are killed in the attack when the airliner strays off course, ending up over Soviet territory.

20 April 1979
The 16th and last Concorde makes it’s first flight.

24 April 1980
Operation Eagle Claw: an attempt to rescue American hostages held in Iran, is abandoned when a Lockheed C-130 Hercules and a Sikorsky RH-53 Sea Stallion collide at the first desert landing site.

25 April 1983
The Dornier company return to their roots when the government-backed Dornier Do 24TT technology demonstrator amphibian makes its first flight.

25 April 1987
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) receives the last of its eighteen Boeing E-3A Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

25 April 1992
The second Boeing YF-22 prototype suffers control problems while landing at Edwards Air Force Base and is damaged in the resulting fire. The pilot escapes with only minor injuries.

26 April 1995
A Lockheed-Martin SR-71A flies for the first time after renovation. Two SR-71As are returned to United States Air Force (USAF) service to carry out reconnaissance flights after being in storage since 1990.

A new world altitude record of 27,460 metrers (90,092 feet) for Class C1h aircraft is set by a Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29.

22 April 1999
A Boeing 727 is damaged beyond repair by a heavy hail storm when landing at Johannesburg.

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Tat’s it for this week Folks.  See ya in seven. (Computer willin’)

Today In Military/Aviation History 6 – 12 April

April 5, 2009 5:17 pm

Hello Folks, another seven yadda yadda. I’ve got stuff to do tonight, so let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?

Have an AB FAN Week,

Take Care and Be Safe,

Tom K. ;)

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11 April 1911
The United States Army flying school is established at College Park.

12 April 1911
Frenchman Pierre Prier makes the first non-stop flight from London to Paris, carrying passengers. He flies a Blériot for 3 hours 45 minutes from Hendon to Issy-les-Moulineaux in Paris.

6 April 1912
Belgian M.V. de Jonckheere demonstrates that aeroplanes can follow ships at night as he flies his monoplane in experiments at League Island in California.

9 April 1915
The first meeting of the Australian Aero Club is held at the Café Francais in Melbourne.

11 April 1915
The prototype German Zeppelin-Staaken VGO1 heavy bomber flies for the first time. This later becomes the Zeppelin-Staaken R1.

6 April 1917
The United States declares war on Germany. The United States Army Signal Corps possesses 250 aircraft and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) has a further 54.

7 April 1917
Cuba declares war on Germany.

12 April 1917
Breguet 14s are introduced into service with French squadrons on the Western Front.

12 April 1918
German Gotha bombers bombed Paris, hitting a hospital and killing a mother, baby and a nurse. Bombs also exploded in the city and northern suburbs. A further attack that night left 26 dead and 72 injured.

The Loughead brothers fly their F1 Seaplane from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

6 April 1919
Customs examination of airline passengers begins at Brussels.

7 April 1922
The first airliner collision takes place when a French Farman Goliath of Grands Express flies into the path of a de Havilland DH18 operated by Daimler Airways. The collision takes place over Poix in northern France.

12-13 April 1928
The first east-west transatlantic flight is made from Baldonnel in Dublin to Greenly Island, just off the coast of Labrador by Captain James Fitzmaurice of the Irish Free State Air Service, Captain Hermann Köhl and Baron von Hünefeld in a Junkers W33 Bremen.

11 April 1934
Commander R. Donati, flying a modified Caproni 113, establishes a new altitude record of 14,433 meters (47,352 feet) at Rome.

6-9 April 1937
Mitsubishi Type 97 (Ki125) J-BAAI ‘Kamikaze’ is flown by Masaaki Iinuma, with Kenji Tsukagoshi as his navigator, from Tashikawa to Croydon to capture the Japan to England record. The flight takes 51 hours 17minutes 23 seconds and covers a distance of 15,356 kilometers (9,542 miles).

7-9 April 1939
Italy occupies Albania.

9 April 1940
German forces overrun and occupy Denmark.

The German invasion Norway includes the use of paratroop assaults on Oslo and Stavanger.

6 April 1941
The first aircraft ejection seat, a compressed air unit, is fitted to the German Heinkel He280 jet fighter.

9 April 1941
An agreement is reached between the Danish government in exile and the United States, allowing the United States to build and operate airfields in Greenland.

6 April 1942
Japanese carrier aircraft make the first air attack on India.

12 April 1942
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and North American B-25 Mitchells based in Australia make the first attack against Japanese shipping and installations in the Philippines.

7 April 1945
The 71,000 ton Japanese battleship ‘Yamato’, a cruiser, and four of eight destroyers are sunk by endless air attacks from United States Navy (USN) carrier aircraft as they fruitlessly attempt to disrupt the United States landings on Okinawa.

United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Boeing B-29s receive fighter escort for all future missions against the Japanese Home Islands.

10 April 1945
The last wartime sortie over the United Kingdom is made by an Arado Ar 234B reconnaissance aircraft operating from Norway.

In an attack on targets in the Berlin area the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) loses 19 bombers and 8 fighters to German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters.

12 April 1945
The destroyer USS Mannert L. Abele is sunk by a Japanese Ohka suicide aircraft off Okinawa.

8 April 1950
Russian fighters shoot down an unarmed United States Navy (USN) aircraft over the Baltic, killing ten airmen.

11 April 1952
No.14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), equipped with de Havilland Vampire jet fighters, will be stationed with British forces in the Middle East area.

11 April 1955
An Indian Constellation airliner is brought down by a bomb on board with the loss of fifteen lives.

12 April 1957
The United States announces that the Ryan X-13 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft has completed a full transition.

6 April 1959
It is announced in the United States that seven pilots have been selected from the nation’s armed services for training as space vehicle pilots.

12 April 1961
The Soviet Union launches Vostok 1 into earth orbit from Baikonur in Western Siberia and Flight Major Yuri Alexeyvich Gagarin becomes the first man in space. He lands successfully after one orbit of the Earth. The flight time is 1 hour 48 minutes.

6 April 1965
The Hughes Early Bird I communications satellite is launched into geo-stationary earth orbit. It becomes operational on 28 June and is the world’s first commercial satellite for public telephone calls.

11-17 April 1970
Apollo 13 suffers an oxygen tank explosion during the outward flight of an attempt to land on the Moon. The resulting emergency is resolved through brilliant improvisation and returns Astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise to Earth.

6 April 1971
Dutch airline KLM inaugurates a trans-Siberian service with aircraft leased from the Russian state airline, Aeroflot.

6 April 1978
Eastern Airlines orders 25 Airbus A300B4 airliners.

12 April 1981
Space Shuttle Columbia is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral for its first mission.

6 April 1986
Lufthansa flies its restored pre-Second World War Junkers Ju52/3m transport and the aircraft receives passenger-carrying certification on 6 June.

9 April 1996
The EMD Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is rolled out.

9 April 1997
The first production Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22A Raptor is rolled out.

7 April 1998
McDonnell Douglas AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters are ordered by the Dutch Government.

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That’s it for this week Folks.  See ya in seven.

New Aviation Themed Steak House in Wichita

8:15 am

WIX User Green Goggles reports in:

“Hangar One Steakhouse had its grand opening Friday April 3rd. Since I like airplanes and I needed to get out of town, I drove up to check things out on Saturday. The entire places is aviation themed from the tables to the restrooms, from the bar to the menu. B-17 Bomber Burgers, KC “Landing” Strip, T-6 Texan T-Bone, B-24 Lobster Tail Guns, Mach 1 Mac & Cheese, etc. Laughing Laughing

Overall, it was a really decent place. The food was not the best thing to ever touch my lips, but it was very good. Wait times were high and things were a bit chaotic and disorganized, but I think that was mostly due to the busyness of the establishment’s first weekend. In time, I am sure they will get things running smoothly.
The view from the bar upstairs overlooks Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) and it is a very, very cool view.”

Thanks GG for letting us know about this interesting place. For more pictures check out Green Goggles original thread on WIX.

FMI: Hanger One Steak House

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