Category Archive for: ‘Announcements’

January Aviation Milestone

Igor Sikorsky’s Sikorsky R-4 took its first flight January 13, 1942.  This American two-place helicopter had a single, three blade main rotor powered by a radial engine.  Originally, this was the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300. Once modified, it became the world’s first mass produced helicopter. An exhibit including Sikorsky and Orville Wright can be found in the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, …

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December Aviation History

December marks numerous aviation milestones. December 1892-The Wright brothers open their first bicycle shop. December 8, 1903-Samuel P. Langley’s Aerodrome, piloted by Charles Manley, crashes into the Potomac River. December 17, 1903-The Wright Flyer takes off at 10:35 am for the world’s first powered, manned, controlled, sustained, heavier than air,  flight for 12 seconds and 120 ft. December 27, 1906-French …

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September Aviation Notes

September 25, 1903  The Wright brothers arrive in kitty Hawk, NC, to prepare for their historic flight. September 15, 1904   Orville Wright makes the first turn with an airplane.  Wilbur makes the first circle five days later. September 23, 1911    The first air mail in the U.S. was carried by Eagle Ovington. September 2, 1916      Airplanes communicate via radio for …

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August Aviation History Notes

August 8, 1908-Wilbur Wright makes his first test flight in Europe at Champs d’Auvours, France. August 29, 1909-Glenn Curtiss winds speed tests in Rheims, France. August 1, 1911-Harriet Quimby is the first American woman to receive a U.S. Federation Aeronautique pilot’s license. Augusts 26, 1914-Igor Sikorsky flies the first four-engine aircraft, the Grand. August 21, 1922-Lawrence Sperry drops landing gear …

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July Aviation Notables!

July 2, 1900-First Flight of the Zeppelin rigid airship. July 4, 1908-Glenn Curtiss flies the June Bug more than a mile. July 25, 1909-Louis Bleriot crosses the English Channel in his Bleriot. July 14-15,1919-The Vickers Vimy flies non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. July 15-22, 1933-Wiley Post flies his Lockheed Vega, Winnie Mae, solo around the world. July 28, 1935-The B-17 …

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June Aviation Historical Notes

June 13, 1910  Charles K. Hamilton flies the Curtiss Reims Racer from New York to Philadelphia. June 15, 1921   Bessie Coleman is the first African-American woman to receive a Federation Aeronautic Internationale pilot license. June 17, 1928   Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. June 12, 1934   Air Mail Act is signed by President Franklin …

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2015 USAF Academy Graduation

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CBS Sunday Morning (video), The Wright Brothers

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Five Wright Facts to Know (video) by David McCullough

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Mccullough Book Cover

David McCullough OBX Book Signing

Two time Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough will read from his new book (released May 2015) The Wright Brothers. McCullough will also sign books, and books will be available for sale. Sunday May 24, 3:00 p.m. First Flight High School, Veterans Drive Kill Devil Hills NC 27948 Talk and Reading 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Book Signing 4:00 p.m. to …

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