USPA December

As we approach December 2017 and reflect on the accomplishments of more than a century of Decembers,  we realize what Aviation has meant to our country and the world.
The month of December has made a significant impact on our Love of Flying!
December 1892 – The Wright brothers open their first bicycle shop.
December 8, 1903 – Samuel P. Langley’s Aerodrome, piloted by Charles Manley, crashes into the Potomac River.
December 17, 1903 – The Wright Flyer takes off at 10:35 am for the world’s first powered, manned, controlled, sustained, heavier than air flight for 12 seconds and 120 ft.
December 27, 1906 – French emissary visits the Wrights and acquires the option to buy an aircraft for $200,000.
December 10, 1911 – Cal Rodgers, piloting the Wright EX Vin Fiz, completes the first transcontinental flight from Long Island, NY, to Pasadena, CA.
December 24, 1925 – The Wasp, Pratt & Whitney’s first engine, is completed.
December 1, 1935 – First airway traffic control tower is established in Newark, NJ.
December 17, 1935 – The Douglas DC-3 takes off for the first time in Santa Monica, CA.
December 1, 1941 – The Civil Air Patrol is established.
December 7, 1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, HI.
December 20, 1957 – Boeing’s 707 first flight.
December 15-16, 1965 – Gemini V1-A orbital rendezvous flown by astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford.
December 21-27, 1968 – Apollo 8 orbits the moon with Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders.
December 7-19, 1972 – Apollo 17 crew makes last lunar landing with Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt.
December 23, 1986 – Voyager flies nonstop around the world without refueling.
December 17, 2003 – 100th Anniversary of powered flight and first powered flight of SpaceShipOne.
December 15, 2009 – First flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
December 23, 2014 – Airbus delivers the first A350.
This information was obtained from one of my old AOPA magazines of 2015.
No matter what you’re flying this holiday season, do it safely and make sure you have a positive impact on aviation history.
Fly Safe!
Jack Reynolds, President.