Louis Blériot and the First Flight Across the English Channel

On July 25, 1909, French aviator, inventor and engineer Louis Blériot made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from Calais, France to Dover, England, in 37 minutes. Unfortunately, due to my American-centric education I suppose and despite a boyhood interest in aviation as it pertained to the Wright Brothers and Lindbergh, I don’t recall ever hearing about Blériot until I … Continue reading Louis Blériot and the First Flight Across the English Channel

Lindy Tours the U.S.A. (Part 2)

Yesterday’s ASAD article covered the period starting with Charles Lindbergh’s return to the United States on June 11, 1927, following his non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris three weeks before. A chronological accounting of first month of the Guggenheim Goodwill Mission, from July 20 through his arrival at Madison, Wisconsin, on August 22, also formed the bulk of that entry. … Continue reading Lindy Tours the U.S.A. (Part 2)

Lucky Lindy Flies the Atlantic!

At 7:52 on the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a 25-year-old former U.S. Air Mail pilot with the nickname of Slim taxied his single-engine Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, down the muddy runway at Roosevelt Airfield near Garden City on Long Island, New York. Taking off in relative obscurity, 33 hours, 30 minutes later Charles Augustus Lindbergh landed at Aéroport Le Bourget in … Continue reading Lucky Lindy Flies the Atlantic!

Centenary of Airmail & the Inverted Jenny

On May 15, 1918, under the auspices of the U.S. Post Office, an airmail operation was launched as a wartime effort to stimulate aircraft production and to generate a pool of trained pilots. The service started with six converted United States Army Air Service Curtiss JN-4HM “Jenny” biplanes flown by Army pilots under the command of Major Reuben H. Fleet and operating on a route … Continue reading Centenary of Airmail & the Inverted Jenny

The Silver Dart Flies!

  On February 23, 1909, the Silver Dart took flight in Nova Scotia. This was not only the first controlled powered flight in Canada but also in the entire British Commonwealth. Because of the significance of this event to Canadians, February 23 is designated Canada’s National Aviation Day — an opportunity for the citizens of that nation to recognize their aviation pioneers and celebrate Canadians who … Continue reading The Silver Dart Flies!

British Virgin Islands #435 (1982)

The British Virgin Islands (BVI), officially simply “Virgin Islands”, are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The territory consists of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other … Continue reading British Virgin Islands #435 (1982)

Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)

January 13 is observed each year in Thailand as National Aviation Day (Wan Kanbin Haeng Chat — วันการบินแห่งชาติ). This year, 2018, it happens to coincide with another annual celebration — National Children’s Day (Wan Dek Haeng Chat — วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) which has been observed on the second Saturday of January since 1965. Unusually, I have not been able to find any information online as to when Thai National Aviation Day was … Continue reading Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)

USSR #1284 (1948)

USSR #1284 (1948)

The Soviet Union (Сове́тский Сою́з — Sovetsky Soyuz in Russian), officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик (СССР) — Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik), also known unofficially as Russia (Росси́я — Rossiya), was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple equal national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was … Continue reading USSR #1284 (1948)