Aviation companies that have had the biggest impact on the world might be worth learning a little more about. The planes, aircraft designs and manufacturing efforts of the largest companies in the world have done much to facilitate air-travel and make the modern world we live in possible. Seeking to learn more about the companies, businesses and manufacturers who have shaped the aviation industry will provide you with a much greater degree of insight and understanding on the subject. With so many resources and educational opportunities, learning all you need to can be a much easier undertaking than Read the rest of this entry »
These women were credited with being the first to complete these amazing goals in aviation history.
The Wright brothers are credited with birthing the age of powered flight, but a forgotten person in that scenario was their sister Katherine Wright who was as much a part of the process with her emotionally and financial support of her brothers’ dream.
Only a few years after the first flight of the brothers, she accompanied them in the demonstration flights. The first woman to be involved with aviation even if Read the rest of this entry »
The name “Red Baron” was the nickname given to World War I flying ace Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen. Richthofen was born in Kleinberg, Germany in 1892 to a noble family. He begain training for a career in the military when he was only 11 years old.
At the beginning of World War I, Richthofen saw action in the trenches of France and Belgium. In 1915, he became a pilot. Beginning in late 1917, Richthofen began to compile many victories in air to air combat.
In April 1917, Richthofen was hit and crash landed. After leaving the hospital, he Read the rest of this entry »
Louis Bleriot, a name synonymous with victory, may not be a name you readily recognize. Born in Cambrai, France, in 1872, Bleriot grew to become a highly recognized inventor. He received a degree at the Arts and Trades from cole Centrale Paris and earned a reputation for his invention of headlamps for automobiles.
Bleriot’s love for inventing did not fall short of anything spectacular as he began constructing his own aircraft. With consistent tweaking and re-configuring, his creations soon became known for their performance and later the basis on which other monoplanes were built.
In 1909, the London Read the rest of this entry »
Airplanes have been used throughout history for a variety of purposes. Air mail service was provided thorough the use of aircraft designed to travel long distances. In the U.S. this travel started in 1911 as a government sponsored service for domestic mail. In 1918 it was officially adopted by the United States Post Office. In 1926 a new regulation called the “Kelly Act” established that only government operated airplanes could transport mail. This service was provided by commercial planes given specific carrier routes to travel. The contract for domestic air mail was canceled by FDR and in 1975 Read the rest of this entry »
Helicopter flights today are quite different from the first helicopter flight. The story of the first helicopter flight was not able to take the passengers on a long journey. In fact, Jacques and Lewis Breguet invented the first helicopter to lift off from the ground. It was named the Gyroplane number 1.
The flight of Gyroplane number 1 occurred sometime between August 14 and September 29, 1907. The helicopter lifted approximately two feet off the ground. It remained suspended for about 60 seconds before it landed. This was a huge breakthrough in Read the rest of this entry »
Many people are intrigued by aircrafts and how they have ability to fly in the air for such long distances and at such fast speeds. There are individuals who form a great love for the aircrafts and all that they are involved in. Besides just flying and transporting people and goods, there are some aircrafts which have done much more than that. There has been combat that has occurred involving aircrafts. This type of combat is fascinating to most who hear about it. Those who want to learn Read the rest of this entry »
Airshows have been popular for many years. During the 1920′s pilots began flying their airplanes across the country to demonstrate their flying skills, show off airplanes which were quite new at that time, and offer rides in the aircraft. The audiences enjoyed watching tricks and stunts being performed and the love of air shows began.
Today one of the most popular air shows in the United States is the Miramar Air Show in San Diego. The air show takes place at the same spot Read the rest of this entry »