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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    The History of Flight from Around the World


    • February 1910 - Glenn H. Curtiss develops a new hydro-aeroplane at North Island, San Diego, California.

    • March 8, 1910 - Madame La Baronne de Laroche becomes the first woman pilot to be licensed by the Aero Club of France.

    • May 21, 1910 - Wilbur Wright makes his last flight as a pilot in the United States. He flew at Simm's Station in Dayton, Ohio.

    • May 25, 1910 - Orville and Wilbur Wright make a short flight at Huffman Field, Dayton, Ohio. It is the only time the Wright Brothers are in the air together.

    • June 1910 - First night flight in America made by Charles W. Hamilton at Camp Dickinson, Knoxville, Tennessee.

    • August 1910 - McCurdy sends and receives the first wireless messages from an aeroplane in flight at Sheepshead Bay, New York .

    • August 8, 1910 - Tricycle landing gear are fitted to the Army's Wright biplane to replace skids.

    • September 2, 1910 - Blanche Stuart Scott becomes the first (unofficial) American woman to solo .

    • September 16, 1910 - Bessica Faith Raiche becomes the first (official) American woman to solo.

    • November 14, 1910 - Eugene Ely makes the first successful carrier takeoff from the the USS Birmingham, in Norfolk, Virginia.

    • November 23, 1910 - Octave Chanute dies in his home in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 78 years.


    • January 18, 1911 - Eugene Ely makes the first successful carrier landing on the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay.

    • February 23, 1911 - Glenn H. Curtiss demonstrates the first amphibian type of aeroplane equipped with wheels and floats.

    • May 1911 - France's Jules Vedrines is the only competitor to finish the cross-country race from Paris to Madrid.

    • August 1, 1911 - Harriet Quimby becomes the first American woman to receive Fédération Aéronautic Internationale (FAI) pilot's license.

    • September 1911 - The first air mail in the U.S. is carried by Eagle Ovington from Nassua Boulevard Aerodrome, New York to Mineola, New York.

    • September 29, 1911 - Walter Brookins sets American record by flying 192 miles from Chicago to Springfield, Illinois, making two stops.

    • December 10, 1911 - Cal Rodgers completes the first transcontinental flight in the Wright EX "Vin Fiz" from Long Island, New York to Pasadena, California.


    • January 1912 - Frank E. Boland introduces his air-speed meter.

    • February 1912 - The Wright Brothers produce a new model incorporating a patented stability device that automatically banks the aeroplane at a correct angle when turning.

    • March 1, 1912 - Capt. Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from a powered airplane.

    • April 16, 1912 - American Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to pilot a plane across the English Channel.

    • May 30, 1912 - Wilbur Wright dies at age 45 years. Orville succeeds his brother as President of Wright Company.

    • June 7-8, 1912 - The first machine gun mounted on an aeroplane is tested by Capt. Charles Chandler.

    • July 26, 1912 - The U.S. Navy begins experiments for radio communication between the air and ground.

    • October 1912 - A. Leo Stevens designs the "life-pack" parachute.


    • February 5, 1913 - Lt. J. H. Towers, U.S. Navy, makes first attempt at bombing stationary targets from an aeroplane.

    • June 20, 1913 - Ens. W. D. Billingsley is thrown out of a Wright hydroplane at an altitude of 1,600 ft., becoming the first Naval aviator to be killed in an airplane accident.

    • July 17, 1913 - Alys McKey Bryant becomes the first woman to pilot a plane in Canada.

    • August 30, 1913 - Elmer A. Sperry develops the gyroscopic compass and gyroscopic stabilizer. The first flight of these instruments is made aboard a Curtiss C-2 flying boat.

    • September 23, 1913 - First crossing of the Mediterranean Sea by Roland Garros.

    • November 1913 - K. M. Turner develops the "aviaphone" (or "airphone") which makes conversation possible between pilot and passenger during flight .

    • November 18, 1913 - Lincoln Beachey flies his specially-built Curtiss biplane upside and down and also executes the first "loop" ever accomplished in the air.


    • 1914 - Two-way radio contact accomplished between pilot and ground control.

    • 1914 - Elmer A. Sperry develops the first gyroscopic controls.

    • 1914 - Burgess Company begins building pusher biplane seaplanes for the Canadian Government. This is the first American-built fighting plane shipped to Europe for World War I.

    • 1914 - Robert Goddard was granted two U.S. patents for rockets using solid fuel, liquid fuel, multiple propellant charges, and multi-stage designs.

    • January 15, 1914 - The Benoist Company, using a Benoist flying boat with Capt. Tony Jannus as pilot, starts the first regular scheduled passenger air line between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida.

    • April 1914 - The first American use of aircraft in military operations by the navy, in operations against Mexico at Vera Cruz.

    • June 24, 1914 - Igor Sikosky sets an unofficial world distance record by flying a 1,590-mile round trip flight from Saint Petersburg to Kiev, Russia in the II'ya Muromets.

    • August 1914 - World War I breaks out in Europe.

    • August 26, 1914 - Igor Sikorsky inaugurated the "Grand," aviation's first four-engine aircraft.

    • December 1914 - First two-way radio between aeroplane and ground successfully tested in Manila by pilot H. A. Dargue and Lt. J. O. Mauborgne, designer of the set.


    • March 3, 1915 - The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the first government-sponsored organization in support of aviation research and development, is formed.

    • October 1915 - William E. Boeing becomes interested in aeronautics and begins flying instruction at Glenn L. Martin's School in California.

    • November 6, 1915 - Lt. Comdr. H. C. Mustin makes the first catapult launching from a vessel under way from the U.S.S. North Carolina in Pensacola Bay.


    • June 29, 1916 - William E. Boeing builds and test-flies his first aeroplane, the "B&W" trainer

    • September 2, 1916 - Airplanes in flight communicate with each other directly by radio for the first time.


    • April 30, 1917 - Pacific Aero Products Company changes its name to Boeing Airplane Company, with William E. Boeing as President.


    • May 15, 1918 - The United States Post Office inaugurated airmail service from the Polo Grounds, Washington, D.C.

    • November 1918 - As World War I nears its end, Orville Wright notes to a friend that, "The Aeroplane has made war so terrible that I do not believe any country will again care to start a war."

    • November 6-7, 1918 - Robert Goddard fired several rocket devices for representatives of the U.S. Signal Corps, Air Corps, Army ordinance and other assorted guests, at the Aberdeen proving grounds.


    • 1919 - First sustained international commercial passenger air service initiated between Paris and Brussels.

    • March 3, 1919 - William E. Boeing, with Edward Hubbard as passenger, carries the first air mail from Canada to the U.S.

    • April 28, 1919 - Leslie Irvin, using a parachute designed by Floyd Smith, makes the first jump from an airplane with free-type back-pack parachute at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio.

    • May 3, 1919 - The first Municipal Airport in the U.S. is dedicated at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    • May 16-27, 1919 - NC-4 (Navy Curtiss flying boats): First aircraft to span the Atlantic by American Lieutenant Commander A. C. Read.

    • June 14-15, 1919 - Vickers Vimy: First nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by British Capt. John Alcock and Lt. Albert Brown, from Newfoundland to Ireland.

    • December 10, 1919 - Vickers Vimy G-EAOU lands in Darwin in Northern Australia thus completing the 135 hour journey from England to Australia.

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