Well Folks, It’s official. It’s been four years since I started this little weekly post. My actual anniversary was last week. You see, I did a little research on how long I’ve been here because of my mini-rant last week, which, by the way was a monumental FLOP! Nothing showed up on WIX about this site. Looks like I’m gonna have to do it myself….again. That’s OK Folks, it’ll just be all business from now on. No lead-in, just the facts, man, just the facts. You know, maybe subconsciously I knew it was four years and that’s why what happened, happened. I don’t know. Oh, by the way, The 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum Geneseo Airshow, AKA “The Greatest Show On Turf” is next weekend, so I will be skipping this post next week. I will be there at the Airshow all weekend representing the Message Board I moderate for the Museum and hopefully signing up new members to the Museum. Stop by the Membership Tent and say hi. So, I hope last week went well for you and you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday and the next two weeks also go well also. Well, I think it’s about time to start our little stroll down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we should and we shall.
8 July 1908
A Frenchwoman Madame Thérèse Peltier becomes the first woman to fly as a passenger in an aeroplane when she is taken up by Léon Delagrange in a Voisin biplane.
7 July 1910
The Belgian war ministry establishes a flying corps.
10 July 1910
The first flight at an altitude of over a mile is made by Walter Brookins, flying at 1,900 meters (6,234 feet) in a Wright biplane in Indianapolis, USA.
6 July 1911
The Aerotechnical Institute of Saint-Cyr, France, opens in a building rented from Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe.
7 July 1911
Lieutenant de Vaisseau Conneau wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot monoplane.
5 July 1912
Americans Captain Charles Chandler and Lieutenants Thomas Milling and Henry Arnold are presented with certificates qualifying them as the first United States ‘Military Aviators’.
7 July 1914
Dr Robert H. Goddard receives a United States patent for a two-stage rocket with solid fuel propellant.
5 July 1915
German Army airship Schutte-Lanz SL5 is wrecked after it is forced to land during a gale.
7 July 1917
A large formation of Gotha and Friedrichshafen bombers attacks London, leaving 57 dead and many injured.
10 July 1918
Leutnant F. Rumey is awarded the Pour le Mérite.
7 July 1937
Following clashes with Chinese troops at Lukouchiao near Peiping, Japan initiates a full scale invasion of China.
11 July 1938
Germany’s Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG becomes Messerschmitt AG. All existing aircraft designs retain the Bf prefix, for example, Messerschmitt Bf109, but all new projects are prefixed Me.
8 July 1940
The first airliner with a pressurised cabin, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, enters service with Transcontinental Airways on the New York to Burbank in California route.
9-10 July 1943
Following a month of air bombardment on Sicily, Sardinia and Italy an Anglo-American force invades Sicily. The amphibious landings are preceded with an assault by paratroopers and a large number of cargo carrying gliders (sailplanes). This operation is not a resounding success, with 69 gliders of the 137 released, coming down in the sea. A further 56 land at various points on the Sicilian coast and only twelve alight on their intended targets. The paratroop drop is also dispersed and is far less effective than had been intended.
10 July 1945
The final United States aircraft carrier operations begin against targets on the Japanese home islands.
11 July 1945
The United States announces the transfer of the 8th United States Army Air Force (USAAF) via the United States to the Far East.
6 July 1951
Four United States RF-80As are refuelled by a KB-29 tanker over North Korea. This is the first in-flight refuelling under combat conditions.
7 July 1953
A Sikorsky S55 makes the first international helicopter flight into central London.
9-28 July 1960
Following the granting of independence to the Belgian Congo the Belgian state airline Sabena begins to airlift 25,711 Belgian nationals back to Europe.
10 July 1962
The Telstar 1 communications satellite is placed in earth orbit. The first transatlantic exchanges of television programs are now possible.
7 July 1978
Development of the Airbus A310 is announced.
8 July 1983
General Dynamics completes its 1,000th F-16 aircraft at the company’s Fort Worth factory.
5 July 1995
The first Panavia Tornado F3 leased from the Royal Air Force (RAF) enters service with the Italian Air Force.