Tag Archives: aviation

On May 4, 1927, balloonist Hawthorne C. Gray, a captain in the Army Air Corps, reached new heights in human endeavor. Literally. Taking off from Scott Field near Belleville, Gray ascended to 42,270 feet in a silk, rubberized, aluminum-coated balloon. … Continue reading

Simine Short, author of the perennial UIP favorite Locomotive to Aeromotive, recently participated in a short documentary on the daring young people and their gliders in the early days of flight. The film focuses in particular on glider experiments at the Indiana … Continue reading

When aviation pioneer Octave Chanute died in 1910, no one could have dreamed that man would not only conquer the air, but venture into outer space. Five years after Chanute’s death the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, was … Continue reading

Recently the publication, Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft declared at that aviator Gustave Whitehead, instead of the Wright brothers, was the first to take to the air in the sustained operation of a flying machine. The claim has caused quite a dustup amongst … Continue reading