On March 28, 1910, Henri Fabre made the first successful powered seaplane flight. Traveling over 1,900 feet and wowing a crowd of spectators, he inaugurated the seaplane and flying boat industry that would flourish for the next several decades.
On March 21, 1916, a group of mostly American pilots formed the Escadrille Américaine. Later named the Lafayette Escadrille, they flew several high-profile missions that encouraged more Americans to join their ranks.
On March 16, 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched his first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts. Though his work went largely unrecognized during his lifetime, today he’s known as the father modern rocketry.
On January 31, 1961, Mercury-Redstone 2 launched Ham the Chimp into space.
On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
On January 7, 1785, mail was carried by an air vehicle for the first time.
On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the creation of America’s first space shuttle, the “world’s first reusable spacecraft.”
On December 23, 1986, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop flight around the world without refueling.