Fewer than ten percent of licensed pilots are women and this week we look at one of the pioneers -- as a success and a tragedy.
Category: Aviation History
Bell’s First Chopper
While many credit Igor Sikorsky for paving the way to the successful helicopter, Sikorsky's products and progeny are not the only craft capable of making VTOL flight and indeed another had its beginnings this week in 1942.
This Week In Aviation History: Big Russian
On December 22, 1930 a new aircraft lifted into the skies and immediately overshadowed the work being done anywhere else in the world.
This Week In Aviation History: A Meeting In The Realm Of Heroes
If you believe that America is the greatest country in the world, it’s a fine season to recall the reasons why. These men are some of them...
This Week In Aviation History: Be Careful What You Wish For
Thomas Selfridge, a Lieutenant in the United States Army, found himself in Canada on December 6, 1907 -- more important, he found himself volunteering to fly.
This Week In Aviation History: Speed Is Power
Built in secret -- and without a government contract -- the de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito prototype made its first flight from Hatfield, England on November 25, 1940.
This Week In Aviation History: Why Helicopters Work
In Spain, on November 15, 1922, Juan de la Cierva was granted a patent that led to the birth of the helicopter.
This Week In Aviation History: Delta Hustle
On November 11, 1956 three men took the flightdeck of the Convair B-58 Hustler for the first flight of the supersonic bomber.
This Week in Aviation History: United Flight 629
On November 1, 1955 a United Air Lines Douglas DC-6B exploded under un-natural circumstances that would later define the event as a dreadful “first.”
This Week in Aviation History: The End of an Era
The flight made on October 24, 1968, was number 199, and the last for the incredible North American Aviation, X-15. Nearly forty years ago, this aircraft flew faster and higher than any other aircraft ever has -- before or since. To beat the X-15 at either game, you’ll have to hitch a ride on the Space Shuttle.