On This Day in Aviation History January 2 nd

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1880 - Birth of Louis Charles Breguet, French aircraft designer and builder, one of the early aviation pioneers.


1882 - Birth of Frederick Walker Baldwin, also known as Casey Baldwin, Canadian engineer, hydrofoil and aviation pioneer, 1st Canadian to pilot an heavier-than-air flying machine.


1886 - Birth of Thomas Gillies Rae, Scottish WWI flying ace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_G._Rae - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/scotland/rae.php

1890 - Birth of Anatol Renner, Austrian aviation pionneer and race car driver.


1891 - Birth of Didier Daurat, French pioneer of commercial aviation.


1893 - Birth of Cyrus K. Bettis, American aviator winner of the 1924 Mitchell Trophy Race and the 1925 Mackay Trophy.


1894 - Birth of Valentine St. Barbe Collins, British WWI flying ace.


1895 - Birth of Alfred Niederhoff, German WWI flying ace.


1895 - Birth of Leslie Norman "Holly" Hollinghurst, British WWI flying ace and WWII high ranking RAF officer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Norman_Hollinghurst - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/england/collins2.php

1896 - Birth of Sir Lawrence James Wackett, Australian WWI pilot and aircraft designer, widely regarded as "father of the Australian aircraft industry".


1898 - Birth of Franz Büchner, one of the most successful German fighter aces of WWI.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_B%C3%BCchner - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/buchner.php

1903 - Birth of Petr Mikhailovich Stefanovskiy, Soviet test pilot and WWII pilot.


1911 - Birth of Pavel Vasilievich Rychagov, Soviet flying ace during the Spanish Civil war, Commander of the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) for a brief time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavel_Rychagov - http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/soviet_rychagov.htm

1914 - Gustav Hamel took Miss Trehawke Davis aloft to experience a loop, and she thus became the 1st woman in the world to do so.


1918 - The British government establishes the Air Ministry. Lord Rothermere is Secretary of State for Air. Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard is Chief of the Air Staff.


1923 - Birth of Chalmers Hubert 'Slick' Goodlin, American WWII pilot with the RCAF who volunteered in the Israeli Air Force during the Arab-Israeli war, Airliner pilot during humanitarian missions he also was test pilot for Bell and nearly broke the sound barrier.


1929 - Wilfrid Reid "Wop" May left in an Avro Avian with another flying club member, Vic Horner, to deliver diphtheria vaccine to Fort Vermilion, Alberta, 1600 km north. His flight had become known across Canada as "the race against death"


1929 - Evelyn "Bobbi" Trout flew a Golden Eagle 12 hours and 11 minutes at the Metropolitan Airport in Los Angeles, setting a new non-refueling endurance record for women.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbi_Trout - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elinor_Smith#Endurance_records

1930 – Leroy Grumman, Leon Swirbul, and William Schwender found the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation at Baldwin on Long Island, New York.


1937 - 1st flight of the Farman F-224 , french high wing 4 tandem engine 40 seat high wing monoplane airliner developped from the F-222.


1941 - Italian Air Force contingent in Belgium (Corpo Aereo Italiano) mounts its last raid on the UK, when 4 Fiat BR20 bombers attempt to bomb Ipswich.


1945 - A Lockheed Hudson crashed during takeoff at Toussus-le-Noble, killing Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, important contributor in the field of amphibious warfare during WWII.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertram_Ramsay#Death - http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/WorldWarIINavalLeaders/p/World-War-Ii-Admiral-Sir-Bertram-Ramsay.htm

1948 - Birth of Stefano Santonico, Italien engineer and test pilot.


1952 - 1st flight of the Fouga CM-8R13 'Sylphe' III, French experimental single seat monoplane jet aircraft with a V tail.


1953 - 1st flight of The Sud-Ouest S.O.1220 Djinn, French single-seat light prototype helicopter. The rotors were driven by compressed-air jets at the end of each blade.


1954 - A new coast to coast record in the US is set by Colonel Willard W. Milliken of the Air National Guard, flying a North American F86 Sabre jet and covering 2,530 miles from Los Angeles to New York in 4 hours 8 minutes. (time includes stop for fuel at Offutt AFB)


1959 - Launch of Luna 1 (E-1 series), 1st known as First Cosmic Ship, then known as Mechta, 1st spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon. 1st of the Luna program of Soviet automatic interplanetary stations


1963 - 1st flight of the Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander , later The Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Westwind, business jet that became a cornerstone of the Israeli aircraft manufacturing industry.


1967 - Seven North Vietnamese Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21s are destroyed by F-4 Phantoms of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing USAF in Operation Bolo


1972 - Death of James Butler White, British RNAS WWI flying ace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_White_(RAF_officer) - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/canada/white3.php

1975 - Death of Theodor "Theo" Osterkamp, German WWI and WWII fighter ace, one of only a few men to score victories in both World Wars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_Osterkamp - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/osterkamp.php - http://www.luftwaffe.cz/osterkamp.html

1989 - 1st flight of The Tupolev Tu-204, Russian twin-engined medium-range jet airliner capable of carrying 210 passenger, 1st russian fly-by-wire airliner.


1999 - Death of Karl-Heinz Bringer, German rocket engineer


2004 - Us Spacecraft Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.