AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

7 May 1942

Capt. Jean Assoland, French aviation pioneer, is shot down by British fighters over Madagascar. Jean Assoland (also known as Bernache-Assolant) began his military career with the French Navy. In 1924, at the age of 19, […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

30 April 1939

V. Kokkinaki and M. Gordienko arrived to New York, after their transatlantic flight from Moscow. On 28th April 1939, at 4:19 in the morning, V.K. Kokkinaki (pilot) and M.Kh. Gordienko (co-pilot) took-off for their non-stop […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

12 February 1914

The second prototype of ´Ilya Muromets´ performed a demonstration flight with 16 passengers, setting a new world record for number of passengers carried. Although Igor Sikorsky is usually associated with helicopter industry and known as […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

29 May 1951

Charles F. Blair Jr. flew a P-51 over the North Pole. Born in Buffalo (NY) in 1909, Blair was one of those pilots for whom flying meant much more than just fast way of travelling. […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

17 April 1944

Howard Hughes and Jack Frye set a west-to-east US transcontinental record, flying from Burbank, California to Washington, D.C. in 6 hours and 58 minutes. Howard Hughes, a legendary entrepreneur, millionaire and aviator, was also the […]

AVIATION HISTORY FRIDAY

20 March 1999

Between 1st and 21st March 1999, the first in history, successful non-stop balloon flight around the world was performed. On 1st March 1999, balloonists – Swiss Bertrand Piccard (pilot) and English Brian Jones (co-pilot) set […]