Well Folks, the speedy seven have flashed by again and like a bad penny, here I am again. Of course today is Memorial Day (traditional) and I hope your day was safe and peaceful. I also hope you took some time today to remember our military, both those who have passed on (Gone West) and those still serving along with their families. That is what this day is really about. I hope you also got a chance to thank a veteran or serving member of our military for their dedication and sacrifice. You have another chance tomorrow and I, for one, will try to make the most of it. In the meantime, what say we take our weekly stroll down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we should and shall, once again.
6 June 1905
Gabriel Voisin, in a boxkite glider (sailplane) of his own design, lifts off from the River Seine. To enable take-off, the glider was towed by a motor boat.
6 June 1910
Robert Martinet wins the first cross-country air race between Angers and Saumur in France, a distance of 27 miles, in a Farman aeroplane.
1 June 1912
Lieutenant Hans E. Dons makes the first flight by an aeroplane in Norway, flying a German Start across Oslo Fjord.
2 June 1912
A machine-gun is fired from an aeroplane for the first time. Captain Charles de Forest Chandler of the United States Signal Corps fires a Lewis gun from a Wright Model B biplane piloted by Lieutenant Thomas de Witt Milling at Maryland, USA.
31 May 1915
German Zeppelin LZ38 makes the first bombing raid on London, dropping 3,000 pounds of bombs, killing seven civilians and injuring fourteen.
The German D-type reconnaissance biplane, produced by various firms, is introduced.
Rene Paul Fonck joins Escadrille C47 and flies Caudron GIV bombing and reconnaissance aircraft, eventually becoming the highest scoring Allied pilot of the First World War.
1 June 1915
The United States Navy (USN) order their first airship, the A1 (DN1), from the Connecticut Aircraft Company.
31 May 1917
Austrian pilot Linienschiffleutnant G.Banfield, at the controls of a Pfalz AII fighter, forces down an Italian seaplane, achieving the first Austro-Hungarian victory against enemy night bombers.
The first German Staaken RVI four-engined bomber becomes operational.
2 June 1917
The Aviation Section of United States Army Signal Corps becomes the Airplane Division.
5 June 1917
England is attacked by a force of 22 Gotha bombers at Sheerness in Kent.
The United States Army’s First Aeronautic Detachment arrives in France.
6 June 1917
French fighter ace Georges Guynemer is awarded entry into the Legion d’Honneur.
31 May 1918
1st Lt Douglas Campbell shoots down his fifth German airplane to become the US Army’s first ace.
Oberleutnant Ernst Udet receives the Pour le Mérite.
2 June 1918
Oberleutnant Erich Löwenhardt receives the Pour le Mérite.
The German airline Lloyd Luftverkehr Sablatnig is founded as a domestic operator.
1 June 1919
A permanent forest fire patrol, equipped with Curtiss Jenny aircraft is established at Rockwell Field, near San Diego.
4 June 1920
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) is created following the Army Re-organization Act.
4-6 June 1927
Charles A. Levine becomes the first transatlantic passenger in an aircraft. The flight, in a Wright-Bellanca WB2 Columbia, from New York to Eisleben in Germany, is piloted by Clarence D. Chamberlain and covers a distance of 6,294 kilometers (3,911 miles).
5 June 1927
The Society for Space Flight is formed in Germany. Amongst its founders and first members is a young Wernher von Braun, who would become one of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration between the 1930s and the 1970s.
6 June 1933
The Dornier Do8t Wal makes a flight across the South Atlantic. One refuelling stop is required, using a refuelling ship.
1 June 1934
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) internal mail services end. The service has carried 347 tons of mail and flown about 2.6 million kilometers (1.6 million miles).
6 June 1936
The Socony-Vacuum Oil Company at Paulsboro in New Jersey begins production of 100 octane aviation fuel.
Pabst von Ohain’s Heinkel HeS 3B turbojet is test flown beneath a Heinkel He118.
31 May 1939
A German/Danish non-aggression pact is signed in Berlin.
2 June – 4 July 1942
A costly but successful German assault on Sevastopol takes place, supported by concentrated German Air Force bombing attacks.
3-4 June 1942
The Battle of Midway is fought. The Japanese carriers Akagi, Hiryu, Kaga and Soryu are sunk by United States carrier-based aircraft and the United States Navy (USN) loses the carrier USS Yorktown. This is one of the decisive battles of the Second World War. as the Japanese Navy is deprived of much of its carrier force and, prevented from taking the initiative, it is forced back onto the defensive.
The Messerschmitt Me262 is ordered into production.
1 June 1944
A United States Navy (USN) airship crosses from South Weymouth in Massachusetts to Port Lyautey in Morocco via the Azores, to complete the first Atlantic crossing by a non-rigid airship. .
3 June 1944
A Luftwaffe Junkers Ju290A transport lands in Greenland to evacuate 26 men of the Bassgeiger weather station who have been based there for 10 months.
6 June 1944
The Allied invasion of Normandy begins. The amphibious landings, which are the largest in history, are preceded by airdrops. The whole operation is supported by massive air operations, with the allied air forces flying 14,674 sorties in the 24 hours up to midnight on the 6 June.
31 May 1945
The United States War Department announces that a woman and five children have been killed by a Japanese bomb-carrying balloon on 5 March at Lake View in Oregon.
1 June 1946
A Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) Constellation lands at London Heathrow on the Airline’s first scheduled New York to London service.
31 May 1950
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to send a squadron of Douglas Dakota transport aircraft to assist British forces in Malaya.
31 May 1951
Captain Charles F. Blair lands at Idlewild Airport in New York after flying non-stop in a Mustang from Fairbanks in Alaska, covering 3,450 miles in 9 hours 31minutes. This is the first solo flight across the North Pole in a single engined aircraft.
2 June 1954
A Douglas DC-3 freighter belonging to Sabena, the Belgian airline is attacked by Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 jet.
3 June 1954
Capital airlines announces the purchase of three Vickers Viscount propeller-turbine airliners.
31 May 1955
Jacqueline Auriol flies the Dassault Mystere IVN to a speed of 715mph to obtain the women’s world speed record.
3-4 June 1955
Canadian Pacific Air Lines inaugurates a polar route, flown by Douglas DC06B ‘Empress of Amsterdam’.
6 June 1955
French pilot Jean Moine lands a Bell 47G2 helicopter on the summit of Mont Blanc at an altitude of 15,772 feet.
1 June 1956
The Douglas DC-7C long range piston-engined airliners goes into service on Pan American World Airways between the United States and Europe.
3 June 1959
American satellite Discovery 3 is launched carrying four mice.
4 June 1959
A new lightplane distance record of 12,365 kilometers (7,683 miles) is set by Max Conrad in his Piper Comanche, with a non-stop flight from Casablanca to New York.
1 June 1964
The Kenya Air Force is officially established, with British assistance.
3 June 1965
The Americans launch Gemini 4 with James McDivitt and Edward White onboard. During the mission, White makes a 21 minute space walk.
5 June 1967
The Boeing company delivers its 1,000th jet airliner, a Model 707-120B, to American Airlines.
The outbreak of the Arab-Israeli ‘six day war’: pre-emptive strikes by Israeli Air Force virtually destroy all Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian air response to the attack.
5 June 1969
United States Air Force (USAF) bombers renew attacks on North Vietnam.
3 June 1973
The 30th Paris Air Show closes with the crash of the second production Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic airliner, killing all six crew members and eight people on the ground.
4 June 1974
Second Lieutenant Sally D. Woolfolk becomes the United States Army’s first woman pilot.
5 June 1979
The first production Panavia Tornado GR1 rolls off the production line.
1 June 1980
The Dutch Fokker company changes its name to Fokker BV with the end of the merged activities of VFW-Fokker.
Braniff International terminates its agreement to lease Concorde aircraft from British Airways and Air France citing fuel costs, which have almost doubled since the lease began.
5 June 1980
The Soviet Union launch their first manned space capsule to incorporate an automatic docking system, the Soyuz T.
Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH is formed in Munich. The company will oversee the production of the European Fighter Aircraft program.
Personal television sets for airline passengers are introduced by Northwest Airlines on the Detroit to Tokyo route.
1 June 1988
Per Lindstrand establishes a new balloon altitude record, reaching an altitude of 19,810 meters (65,000 feet) over Texas. His balloon has a capacity of 17,000 cubic meters (6,000,000 cubic feet).
For the first time the secrets of a current Russian combat aircraft are openly displayed to a Western audience as a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 goes on show at the Paris Air Show.
2 June 1996
The Raytheon Beech T-6A Texan II is rolled out.
Four MiG27 ‘Flogger’ ground attack aircraft are delivered to the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) for use in the ongoing conflict against the insurgent group the Tamil Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE).
1 June 2004
America West Airlines starts service between Phoenix and Anchorage.
6 June 2004
Alaska Airlines starts service between Denver and Anchorage and discontinues service between San Jose and Tucson.
Hello Folks. Another quick seven has blown by me and here I am again. I hope you had a good week. The weather for this week looks great, mostly in the 80s. Wow! A short month ago I was glad it was in the 60s. I don’t think I’ll complain too much about the heat. The older I’ve gotten the more I detest being cold. I’d rather be sweating my butt off than shivering. Don’t get me started about snow shoveling either. Oh well, what say we start our weekly stroll down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.
26 May 1904
The Wright brothers begin a series of over 100 flights in Flyer No.II.
24 May 1910
Prince Charles of Romania becomes the first royal aeroplane passenger, in a Farman piloted by M. Osmontat at Bucharest.
25 May 1910
The Wright brothers fly together for the first time at Dayton in Ohio.
27 May 1910
Italian Ugo Tabachi pilots the first trial flight of the Caproni Ca1 monoplane, built by Gianni Caproni.
24 May 1912
Anthony Fokker crashes his Goedecker-built B1912 monoplane at Berlin, just 10 days after demonstrating it to the German Army.
30 May 1912
Pioneer aviator Wilbur Wright dies from typhoid fever.
28 May 1913
The full-size ‘Aerodrome’, designed by Samuel Pierpont Langley, is flown after modifications during reconstruction.
26 May 1915
Seventeen French Voisin biplanes of Groupe de Bombardment I conduct an attack on a strategic military target at Ludwigshafen in Germany.
Oberleutnant Kastner and Leutnant Georg Langhoff (observer) attack and shoot down a French Voisin in their Halberstadt C-type at Dournai in France. This is the first intentional attack by a German aeroplane on another armed aeroplane.
27 May 1915
Four days after Italy declares war, an Austrian Lohner L1 flying-boat is captured by the Italians off the Italian coast.
24 May 1917
French Premier Alexandre Ribot requests American aid in the shape of 5,000 pilots, 4,500 aircraft and 50,000 mechanics.
25 May 1917
Twenty-one aircraft attack Folkestone and Shorncliffe in Kent, in the first large daylight raid by German Gotha bombers. The attack leaves 95 dead and 260 injured and one Gotha is destroyed and another damaged by fighters based in France.
30 May 1917
After flying overnight from Chicago, the United States Navy’s B1 dirigible (steerable airship) arrives at Akron, Ohio.
24 May 1918
US Army Air Service is formed.
The Chief Directorate of the Workers and Peasants Military Air Fleet (GU-RKKVF: Glavoce Upravlenie-Raboche-Krestyanskogo Vozdushhnogo Flota) replaces the All-Russian Air Board.
29 May 1918
Brigadier General Mason Patrick is made Chief of the US Air Service in France.
27 May 1927
The first French aircraft carrier, ‘Béarn’, is finally completed after 7 years of construction.
27 May 1933
Japan withdraws from the League of Nations.
29 May 1937
German battleship ‘Deutchland’ is attacked by Spanish Republican air units near Ivaza in the Balearic Islands. 28 people are killed and 71 injured.
29 May 1945
An advance party of the 509th Composite Group of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) arrives in the Mariana Islands.
29 May 1951
The first solo trans-Polar flight is made by American C. Blair, flying a North American P-51 Mustang from Bardufoss in Norway to Fairbanks in Alaska. He covers 3,375 miles in 10 hours 29 minutes.
26 May 1953
Twelve Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 jet fighters are shot down over North Korea.
25 May 1954
United States Navy (USN) ZPG2 airship, flown by Commander M.H. Eppes and crew, lands at Key West Florida after being airborne for just over 200 hours.
27 May 1956
Performance figures for Russian Tu-104 twin jet airliner are published at the Zurich airshow.
29 May 1956
The formation of Air League of New Zealand is announced.
24 May 1957
The Canadian airline Nordair begins scheduled operations.
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.
24 May 1958
The Bell X-14 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft makes its first transition from hovering to forward flight.
28 May 1959
Two monkeys, Able and Baker are recovered unharmed after a 483 kilometer (300 mile) flight in a compartment in the nose cone of a Jupiter rocket.
24 May 1962
Mercury capsule Aurora 7 takes Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter of the United States Navy (USN) into a three orbit space flight. Problems with re-entry mean the capsule splashes down 420 kilometers (260 miles) from the intended target area.
29 May 1969
Following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Airbus program, France and Germany sign an agreement to initiate joint development of the A300B.
25 May 1970
The United States Government announces that its nuclear missiles are to be equipped with multiple warheads, called Multiple Individual Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs).
26 May 1972
The Cessna aircraft company announces the completion of the company’s 100,000th aircraft, the first company in the world to achieve this figure.
30 May 1972
Three Japanese terrorists kill 25 people and injure 72 at Tel Aviv Airport in Israel when they remove guns and grenades from their luggage and begin shooting. The terrorists had just stepped off a flight from Rome.
30 May 1975
The European Space Agency (ESA) is founded.
24 May 1976
Filipino Troops storm a Philippines Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC9 that was hijacked the day before by six terrorists and flown to Zamboanga airport. Three hijackers are killed, among ten deaths in the ensuing battle, and the remaining three hijackers are captured.
25 May 1979
In a serious accident on take-off from Chicago Airport, involving a McDonnell Douglas DC10 which loses its engine – the aircraft is lost and the type is grounded for safety reasons.
29 May 1985
The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov An-124 arrives at Le Bourget airport for the Paris Air Show, and makes its first public appearance.
29 May 1987
19 year old West German Mathias Rust lands a light plane in Moscow’s Red Square.
27 May 1988
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom celebrates 30 years of flying and is still operational with twelve air forces.
25 May 2003
Boeing 727 mysteriously disappears in Angola, along with pilot Ben Charles Padilla.
27 May 2004
Delta Air Lines begins service between Cincinnati and New Haven.
Hello Folks. I hope your week went well. My Computer is still working right and I’m still horizontal and breathing, and since that’s about all I can ask for, my week went well. Let’s just start our weekly stroll down History Lane, shall we? Yes I think we shall.
20 May 1909
A Frenchman, Paul Tissandier, makes the first officially recognized world speed record for an aeroplane in a Wright biplane, achieving 54kph (34mph).
18 May 1910
International talks open in Paris to form a legal basis for flight between countries.
21 May 1910
Frenchman Jacques de Lesseps wins 12,500 francs for a 37 minute flight from Calais and the £100 Daily Mail cup for the second English Channel flight.
21 May 1911
French Minister of War Maurice Berteaux is killed and Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe is injured when a Train monoplane crashes in Paris at the start of the Paris-Madrid air race.
22 May 1912
A United States Marine Corps (USMC) officer is ordered to commence flying training.
17 May 1913
Domingo Rosillo flies from Key West in Florida to Havana in Cuba, in a Morane-Saulnier monoplane.
18 May 1914
The first regular Airmail service is inaugurated in German South West Africa with a Roland biplane, making its first flight between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The service comes to an end when British forces invade the country at the outbreak of the First World War.
21 May 1915
The Spad A2 biplane fighter undergoes it’s first flight tests in France.
18 May 1916
Lieutenant Kiffin Rockwell of the Escadrille Americaine, becomes the first American pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.
19 May 1917
The United States Government agrees to send an Army division to France.
22 May 1917
Italian military air mail service is established between Turin and Rome.
18 May 1918
The 96th Aero Squadron, the first American bomber unit, forms in France.
19 May 1918
In the latest of a series of monthly raids on London and the Home Counties by German Gotha bombers and Staaken airships, 49 civilians are killed and 179 injured as bombs fell in residential areas before midnight
Hauptmann H Kohl receives the Pour le Mérite for flying 800 missions.
20 May 1918
Overman Act creates the Bureau of Aircraft Production and the Division of Military Aeronautics. The United States Army Air Service is formed from these on 24 May.
17 May 1919
The United States War Department orders the use of the national star insignia on all United States military aircraft.
22 May 1919
French born hotelier Raymond Orteig offers a prize of $25,000 for the first non-stop flight, in either direction, between Paris and New York.
19 May 1924
Wing Commander Goble and Flight Lieutenant McIntyre of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) complete their round-Australia flight. The flight took 90 hours in a Fairey IIID.
20-21 May 1927
Captain Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo, west to east transatlantic crossing in a specially-built Ryan NYP (New York to Paris) Monoplane, ‘Spirit of St Louis’.
It took Lindberg 33 hours 39 minutes to complete the flight from Long Island in New York to Paris in France. The distance covered was 5,778 kilometers (3,590 miles).
23 May 1928
The Italian airship ‘Italia’ attempts a flight to North Pole, but crashes on the return flight.
20 May 1929
The Peruvian Army and Naval Air Services are amalgamated into the Cuerpo de Aeronautica del Perú.
18 May 1930
The German airship LZ127 Graf Zeppelin makes its first crossing of the South Atlantic.
19-24 May 1932
A Dornier DoX flying boat flies back from New York to its base at Friedrichshafen in Germany.
20-21 May 1932
Amelia Earhart, flying a Lockheed Vega, becomes the first woman to make solo flight across the North Atlantic. The flight is from Harbor Grace in Newfoundland to Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
18 May 1935
The world’s worst air disaster to date occurs when ANT-20 Maxim Gorky collides with another aircraft near Tushino, causing the death of 56 people..
20 May 1939
The first large scale air battle between Soviet and Japanese aircraft occurs in Outer Mongolia near Khalkin Gol.
22 May 1945
United States authorities disclose that Japanese balloon attacks have been, and continue to be made on the United States. One ballon had come down in Montana and another in British Columbia.
20 May 1948
The Israeli air force is in action against Arab forces for the first time.
18 May 1949
The first New York helicopter station is established at Pier 41 East River.
21 May 1949
A Sikorsky S52 helicopter establishes a new helicopter altitude record of 6,468 meters (21,220 feet) over Stratford in Connecticut.
17 May 1950
Transcontinental & Western Air changes its name to Trans World Airlines (TWA), to reflect its world-wide operations.
20 May 1951
Captain James Jabara of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing of the United States Air Force (USAF) in Korea, an F-86 Sabre pilot, becomes the first jet pilot to score five unconfirmed victories over jet aircraft, by destroying two Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s.
18 May 1953
American airwoman Jacqueline Cochran becomes the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, piloting a Canadian built version of the North American F-86E Sabre at a speed of Mach 1.01 (652mph).
20 May 1953
Another Polish pilot lands a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 jet on Bornholm Island.
17 May 1956
Douglas Aircraft Company announces that the DC7C, the first airliner with sufficient range for non-stop crossings of the North Atlantic or North Pacific, has been granted an airworthiness certificate.
18 May 1956
The United States press highlights the ‘Colonel’s revolt’, revealing bitter interservice rivalry.
21 May 1956
The first United States hydrogen bomb is released from an aircraft, a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress eight-engined jet bomber, and exploded over Bikini atoll in the Pacific.
23 May 1958
Frenchwoman Colette Duval sets a new world record by parachuting into the Atlantic without oxygen from an altitude of 40,700 feet.
17 May 1960
Khrushchev angrily denounces American spying activities over the Soviet Union, resulting from the Gary Powers incident, causing the break-up of a Summit conference in Paris.
19 May 1972
An Indian Government spokesman in New Delhi says that Indian security forces have orders to destroy all Pakistani aircraft violating India’s airspace.
23 May 1974
Europe’s first wide-body airliner, an Airbus A300B2 of Air France, makes its inaugural fare paying flight from Paris to London.
21 May 1977
Concorde makes a special flight from New York to Paris on the 50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight of the same route. Whereas Lindbergh took 33 hours 29 minutes, Concorde took just 3 hours 44 minutes.
20 May 1978
McDonnell Douglas delivers its 5,000th McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom aircraft, twenty years after the first flight of the prototype.
21 May 1978
Tokyo’s new Narita International Airport becomes operational 4 years late, largely due to protest action.
20 May 1981
Hughes Helicopters announces the beginning of construction of a prototype helicopter that will use pressurised air instead of a standard tail rotor.
17 May 1982
The crew of Salyut 7 place an amateur radio satellite into earth orbit. This is believed to be the first launch of a satellite from a space station.
20 May 1982
Boeing Vertol delivers the first production CH-47D to the United States Army.
17 May 1987
An Iraqi Exocet missile hits the USS Stark, killing 37 people.
23 May 1988
The first Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is completed.
22 May 1990
The final flight of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter in Luftwaffe service, before the aircraft is withdrawn from service.
20 May 1998
France and Germany order the first 160 Tiger attack helicopters from Eurocopter.
23 May 2004
Frontier Airlines begins service to Philadelphia, Billings, Montana and Spokane, Washington.