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 D. Roosevelt.

June 1, 1937      Amelia Earhart begins her around-the-world flight in a Lockheed Electra.

June 28, 1939  Pan American Airways completes first trans-Atlantic passenger flight.

June 23, 1931   Wiley Post and Harold Gatty circumnavigate the world in Winnie Mae.

June 20, 1941   U.S. Army Air Force is formed.

June 6, 1944      D-Day.  A “sky-train” nine airplanes wide and 200 miles long carries American and British airborne troops to invade Europe.

June 26, 1948   The Berlin Airlift supplies the city by air.

June 11, 1957     First launch of the Atlas rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fl.

June 18, 1983    Sally Ride becomes the first female American astronaut in space when STS-7 launches from Kennedy Space Center.

-AOPA Magazine June 2015