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This Week In Military/Aviation History 7-13 June

June 6, 2010 10:17 pm

Hello again Folks. Yep, another week shot to heck already. I hope yours went well with a minimum of stress. That’s a rare thing today, isn’t it? Oh well. We’ll put this one to rest, and take a nice no-stress stroll down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall. Of course, 66 years ago today was extremely stressful for the hundreds of thousands of Folks involved in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Let’s never forget their sacrifices that day and the sacrifices of so many others made during the wars before and after WWII and including today where sacrifices continue to be made. Pray for our troops and respect our vets. This is the land of the free because of the brave.

Tom K. ;)

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10 June 1908
The Aeronautical Society of New York, the first flying club, opens with facilities at Morris Park Racetrack.

12 June 1909
The Blériot Type XII becomes the first aeroplane to carry two passengers (Santos-Dumont and Fournier) at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France.

9 June 1910
The first aircraft reconnaissance is made by Captain Marconnet and Lieutenant Fequant of the French Army. They used a single seat Henri Farman biplane on a 2½ hour, 145 kilometer flight from Camp de Châlons at Mourmelon to Vincennes. Fequart piloted the aircraft while Marconnet, armed with a hand held camera, squeezed into a narrow space between the seat and the engine. During the flight, photographs were taken of roads, railways, towns and the countryside.

10 June 1910
The French Army obtains a Wright biplane.

13 June 1910
Charles Hamilton wins the New York Times’ $10,000 prize for a return flight between New York and Philadelphia.

7 June 1912
Pioneer Anglo-French aviator, Hubert Latham, is killed by a buffalo while on safari in Central Africa.

10 June 1912
The first German airmail is flown by airships ‘Schwaben’ and ‘Gelber Hund’ from Darmstadt to Frankfurt/Main.

10 June 1913
The longest flight between sunrise and sunset wins Marcel Brindejonc des Moulinais the Pommeroy cup. He flies 900 miles from Paris to Warsaw.

13 June 1917
Fourteen Gotha bombers execute the first large-scale daylight bombing raid on London, leaving 162 dead and 432 injured. These casualties represent nearly 20% of all those caused in Britain by aeroplanes between 1914 and 1918.

Hauptmann Ernst von Brandenburg, the leader of the mass Gotha raids, wins the Pour le Mérite.

12 June 1918
American aircraft of the 96th Aero Squadron carry out the first bombing raid by US aircraft on the Western Front, attacking the railway yards at Dommany-Baroncourt.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 8-14 March

March 7, 2010 10:25 pm

Well Folks, here we are again a week older and, with luck, a day or so wiser. Boy, this economic situation is wreaking havoc with airshows so far this year. Three in the area where I am have cancelled due to economic reasons. It’s a sad thing to have happen, but what can you do? I guess that it just makes the ones that manage to still happen will be that much nicer to attend. Well, let’s start our weekly trek down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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8 March 1910
Mademoiselle Elise Deroche, better known under her self awarded title ‘la Baronne de Laroche’, becomes the world’s first qualified female pilot and the 36th French pilot, when she is awarded her brevet.

10 March 1910
Frenchman Emil Aubrun makes the world’s first night flights in a Blériot monoplane at Villalugano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

William W. Gibson, of British Colombia, finishes work on the engine for the Gibson Twin-plane.

13 March 1910
The first aeroplane flight in Switzerland is made by Captain Engelhardt in a Wright A biplane from an ice covered lake at St Moritz.

12 March 1912
The French Service de l’Aéronautique de la Marine is formed.

14 March 1915
Lincoln Beachey dies when the wings break off his monoplane while he attempts a power dive from 3,000 feet at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 1-7 March

February 28, 2010 10:33 pm

Well Folks, since we last spoke, we had a nice little snowstorm here to remind me of the reality of my situation and needless to say my Spring Fever is back where it belongs. Just took a couple of hours of digging out to firmly position it in the right place. I don’t have to worry about it for a long time now. Just thought you’d like to know. Well as I hunker in for another month or so, why don’t we take our weekly trip down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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5 March 1906
The Vuia I, built by Romanian born aviator Trajan Vuia, is the first aircraft with pneumatic tires and is first tested at Montesson in France. However, the aircraft was virtually flightless. Five ‘flights’ were made of which the longest was 24 meters.

March 1911
The Aeronautica Militar Espanola is formed in Spain.

Captain Chambers of the United States Bureau of Navigation is ordered to assist in the formation of a United States Navy (USN) aviation branch.

3 March 1911
Philip O. Parmelee, with Lieutenant B. Foulois as passenger, receives radio messages and drops written messages to army units during a flight near the Mexico/Texas border.

5 March 1911
The Belgian Army Balloon Company is formed as the Compagnie des Ouviers et Aerostiers.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 22-28 February

February 21, 2010 10:51 pm

Hello Folks, seven down, a lot to go, I hope. Well, I’ll try and keep this short as you may know I tend to get blabby once I get rollin’. It seems as of late for some ungodly reason my Spring Fever is starting to overpower my Cabin Fever. Silly as it sounds. It’s not even the end of February and living all my life in the Northeast near enough to Lake Ontario to get the full benefit of Lake-effect snow, I know better, or at least I should. I guess missing out on all the fun that the Mid-Atlantic had recently has given me a false sense of security and optimism. I hope I’m not setting myself up for a big letdown. Guess we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we? Well, shall we take our weekly trip down History Lane? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

Oh, being the moderator of the 1941 HAG Museum Website Message Board, it’s time I stuck in a blatant plug for the 1st Museum Event of 2010 which is being held next Saturday. Get ready….here it comes:

Help the HAG…

1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum

1st Annual Chili Cook Off & Auction

Bring your family and friends…

February 27, 2010 @12:30-3:00

Swanson Hall, Big Tree Lane, Geneseo

Here’s how it works:
To Enter the Contest: Bring a pot of your Best Chili

1st Place Prize – Airplane Ride

Or: Come to taste and vote, Everyone Welcome!

To Help the HAG: Donate an item from home or work to auction

We will “Make Some Noise” auctioning them off…all proceeds go to the HAG

FUN and Outdoor Games for the Children at 1:00
(dress them for the weather)

X-Country Skiing is welcomed… Bring your own skis

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22 February 1911
Henri Pequet and Captain W.G. Windham begin a regular airmail service between Allahabad and Naini Junction in India, to coincide with the Universal Postal Exhibition in Allahabad.

27 February 1913
Slavorosov, Caproni’s chief test pilot, flies from Milan to Rome on a tour arranged by the La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

25 February – 25 April 1934
American airwoman Laura Ingalls undertakes a solo flight round South America, a distance of 27,359 kilometers (17,000 miles).

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 15-21 February

February 14, 2010 9:59 pm

Well Folks, that’s another seven for the history books. The Super Bowl turned out to be rather enjoyable. Now I have to pick a team to follow for next year. I do still follow the Bills, but just to see how badly they played. Who knows, next year might be different. Yeah, right. Well, enough of this, let’s move on down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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19 February 1934
All existing air mail contracts are cancelled and the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) begins flying internal mail services.

19 February 1936
Brigadier General William ‘Billy’ Mitchell, the United States Army Air Corps’ advocate of air power, dies in the Doctor’s Hospital in New York.

19 February 1942
The first air attack on Australia takes place when Japanese bombers attack shipping in the harbor at Port Darwin.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 8-14 February

February 7, 2010 6:06 pm

Well Folks, I’m startin’ kinda early so I can watch the Super Bowl…..commercials. Yeah, I kinda gave up on the game itself a few years ago when the Bills made their unsuccessful runs for that ever elusive trophy. After that, nothing ever seemed the same. No matter how hard I try, I can’t find a team I’m interested in, well, at least for very long anyway. I know there have been some embarrassing Super Bowls where a team choked or never seemed to click with any success. I usually picked those to watch when I was giving the game just that one more chance. We’ll see tonight if it’s true to form for me. I hope not.  I promise not to root for either team so you can enjoy the game, ’cause the team I show any interest in, without fail, loses. Well let’s juke & jive down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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10 February 1908
The United States Army signs a contract with the Wright brothers for the construction of a Wright Model A biplane.

11 February 1913
The Chilean air service, Escuela de Aeronatica Militar, is formed.

12 February 1914
A Russian Ilya Mourometz aircraft carries sixteen passengers and a dog to a height of 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) and sets a world load-to-altitude record.

11-12 February 1917
German Leutnants Peter and Frohwein, in a DFW CV aircraft, record the first night fighting victories when they shoot down two enemy bombers at Malzeville.

8 February 1919
The first airline passengers to be carried from Paris to London are flown by a Farman F60 Goliath from Toussus-le-Noble to Kenley.

14 February 1932
A diesel-powered Lockheed Vega flown by R. Nichols at Floyd Bennet Field in New York sets a world altitude record for a diesel powered aircraft of 6,074 meters (19,928 feet).

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 1-7 February

January 31, 2010 10:32 pm

Well Folks, here we are once again. Not only has a week gone by, but also the first month of 2010 has also gone by the wayside. I sincerely hope that the month treated you right. Well, time marches on even as we sit here reading this, so let’s take a little trip down history lane, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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February 1910
Hugo Junkers patents an aeroplane with a cantilevered wing.

1 February 1911
Burgess and Curtiss becomes the first fully licensed aircraft manufacturer in the USA.

5 February 1911
Vivian C. Walsh makes the first aeroplane flight in New Zealand in his Howard-Wright (type) biplane at Auckland.

7 February 1911
The first French flying certificate is issued to Lieutenant de Rose.

February 1912
Jules Vedrine makes the first 100 mph flight in his Monocoque Deperdussin.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 25-31 January

January 24, 2010 10:22 pm

Hello Folks, doesn’t it seem like we just did this? Well, we did…seven days ago. What a heck of a quick week eh? Of course, I’m retired so to me one day runs into the next instead of dragging along until Friday comes…finally. And then the weekend zips by in the wink of an eye and that long, long workweek starts all over again. Bah! Sorry, but I don’t miss that a bit. So, what say we lose ourselves in some history for at least a little while, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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26 January 1911
Glenn Curtiss makes the first premeditated aeroplane landing on water, water taxiing and water take-off from USS Pennyslvania in San Diego Bay.

31 January 1917
Germany declares the beginning of unrestricted submarine warfare.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 18-24 January

January 17, 2010 11:02 pm

Hello Folks, seven more have whizzed by again and once again it’s time for us to stroll down History Lane. I hope you enjoy our little weekly look back, I know I do. So without further ado, here’s this week’s peek.

Tom K. ;)

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18 January 1905
The Wright brothers open discussions with the United States government for the sale of an aeroplane.

18 January 1906
The Zeppelin LZ2 is destroyed in a gale the day after its first flight.

23 January 1909
The Blériot Type XI makes its first flight.

19 January 1910
Lieutenant Paul Beck drops sandbag “bombs” over Los Angeles from an aeroplane piloted by Louis Paulhan.

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This Week In Military/Aviation History 11-17 January

January 10, 2010 10:25 pm

Well Folks, 2010 is here and already last week my computer was in the shop. It seems my personal gremlinette stole my e-mail and at the same time messed up my bookmarks. Which was why I didn’t post. (Miss me?) When she gets revved up, I suffer. Hopefully, the boys at the shop put her in her place and I won’t hear from her for a while. I have my fingers crossed. I sincerely hope your NewYear’s went well and so far the year is following suit. Well, let’s move on to some serious history shall we? Yes, I think we shall.

Tom K. ;)

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13 January 1908
Henry Farman wins the Deutch-Archdeacon Prize of 50,000 francs for the first officially observed circular flight of one kilometer in Europe.

13 January 1913
The first regular aerial cargo service is established in the USA by Harry M. Jones as he flies baked beans from Boston to New York in a Wright B.

12 January 1916

German fighter aces Max Immelman and Oswald Boelcke become the first two pilots to receive Germany’s highest award for bravery, the Pour le Mérite. By the summer of the same year, Immelmann had been killed and Boelcke is Germany’s leading ace.

16 January 1917
Rittmeister Manfred von Richtofen, the most famous and most successful air ace of the First World War, is awarded the Pour le Mérite. Scoring 80 confirmed kills, Richthofen is finally shot down as he flies deep into British lines in pursuit of Wilfrid May in April 1918. His brother, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also receives the decoration in 1917.

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