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Outstanding Flights

 

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS introduces many of today’s pilots, as well as those who perhaps have forgotten those incredible flights, what these early pilots had accomplished.

This feature is compiled by Vintage Director Emeritus Wes Schmid, VAA 6688, EAA 3113.  Wes previously edited our Mystery Airplane feature.

Articles that appeared in aviation magazines such as Popular Aviation(now Flying), Aero Digest, and others, notably from the 1920s and 30s, will be featured.

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: The First Nonstop Coast-To-Coast Flight

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: The First Nonstop Coast-To-Coast Flight

Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA 6688, EAA 3113 The first trans-continental flight across America was made in 1911, just 8 years after the Wright’s historic 59 second, 852 foot distance flown over the sands at Kitty Hawk  January 17, 1903.   But it took Calbraith “Cal” Perry Rodgers who took off from Sheepshead Bay, New York on September 17, ...
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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Columbia Gem of the Ocean!

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Columbia Gem of the Ocean!

And what a Gem this Bellanca WB-2 aircraft was… 1926—WB-2 designed and built by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca 1926—Lt. C.C. Champion flying the WB-2 won all efficiency, speed and altitude records at National Air Races for U. S. Army 1927—first non-refueling endurance record of 54 hours 30 minutes Bert Acosta and Clarence Chamberlin 1927—New York across Atlantic to Germany, Charles A ...
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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Global Joy-Ride

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Global Joy-Ride

Two Piper PA-12 Super Cruisers made super around-the-world OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS in 1947.  It all started in 1946 when two flight instructors at an airport near Washington, D. C. observed a newly certificated PA-12 taxi by and a comment made that with enough gas these aircraft were capable of flying around the world. Light aircraft--liaison aircraft--such as L-4 Piper’s, L-5 Stinson’s, ...
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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Blazing the Air Mail Path in Alaska

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Blazing the Air Mail Path in Alaska

Forward and research by Wes Schmid, VAA 6688 Ed. Note -- Carl Ben Eielson was one of Alaska’s most famous pioneer bush pilots. He had many OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS, one of which was making Alaska’s very first air mail test flight on February 21, 1924.  It was a 280 air mile winter flight from Fairbanks to McGrath in a DeHaviland DH-4 open ...
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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: I Flew Coast to Coast for $25.70

Ed. Note: While others were establishing speed records for transcontinental flights during the late 1920s and 30s that required one or more refueling stops, Johnny Jones set what was perhaps the most significant OUTSTANDING FLIGHT of all. His solo, non-stop Los Angeles to New York flight in a 50 h.p. Aeronca Chief proved, without a doubt, what extraordinary efficiency and ...
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OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Ole Miss

OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS: Ole Miss

Welcome to OUTSTANDING FLIGHTS, a new feature in our Vintage AirMail e-Newsletter. The first two attempts the Key brothers made to break the endurance record in staying aloft ended in failure, but they were determined and their third effort was successful.  Read about their amazing achievement in this reprint of their OUTSTANDING FLIGHT by John C. Luck that appeared in ...
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