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Aircraft
An aircraft is a vehicle that is able to fly by gaining support from the air, or, in general, the atmosphere of a planet. An aircraft counters the force of gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an airfoil, or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines.Although rockets and missiles also travel through the atmosphere, most are not considered...
Timeline of Events
1906
3.18.1906
Traian Vuia flies a heavier-than-air aircraft for 20 meters at 1 meter altitude.
9.7.1906
Alberto Santos-Dumont flies his 14-bis aircraft at Bagatelle, France for the first time successfully.
1911
10.23.1911
First use of aircraft in war: An Italian pilot takes off from Libya to observe Turkish army lines during the Turco-Italian War.
1912
4.16.1912
Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
1913
5.13.1913
Igor Sikorsky becomes the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft.
1928
6.18.1928
Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she was a passenger; Wilmer Stutz was the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).
1944
2.20.1944
World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
1947
11.2.1947
In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
1983
9.6.1983
The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Air Flight KAL-007, stating that the pilots did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it violated Soviet airspace.
2006
8.10.2006
Scotland Yard disrupts a major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.