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Fixed-wing aircraft
A fixed-wing aircraft is an aircraft capable of flight using wings that generate lift due to the vehicle's forward airspeed. Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from rotary-wing aircraft in which wings rotate about a fixed mast and ornithopters in which lift is generated by flapping wings.A powered fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller is...
Timeline of Events
1903
3.23.1903
The Wright Brothers apply for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes.
8.18.1903
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
1906
9.13.1906
First flight of a fixed-wing aircraft in Europe.
1911
1.30.1911
The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of James McCurdy 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
1912
3.1.1912
Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
1930
2.18.1930
Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
1935
12.17.1935
First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane.
1938
7.10.1938
Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.
1943
1.14.1943
World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel via airplane while in office when he travels from Miami, Florida to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.
1949
3.2.1949
Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress ''Lucky Lady II'' in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
1971
11.10.1971
In Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attack the city of Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging nine aircraft.