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Mikoyan Type S fighter

Dec 30, 1947

Flying Fortress

On December 30th, 1947 the prototype of the second Mikoyan Type S fighter, an early version of the MiG-15, made its first flight; it had an imported Rolls-Royce Nene 2 jet engine.

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P-51 Mustang gets an upgrade

Apr 30, 1942

Mustang

As early as May 1942, a Rolls Royce test pilot named Ronald Harker first recommended mating the Mustang airframe to the Merlin engine. The pair would transform the P-51 into a decisive weapon, capable of escorting American bombers all the way to Berlin.

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WWII Service of the Piper Cub

Apr 19, 1941

J3 Cub

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt took a flight in a J-3 Cub, posing for a series of publicity photos to help promote the CPTP.

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The Flying Fortress

Jul 17, 1935

Flying Fortress

On 17 July 1935, before an admiring crowd of employees and press, Boeing rolled out the B-17.

The aluminum skin was polished, the five machine guns ready for action, and the bomb bay doors opened for all to see.

It would be nicknamed the Flying Fortress.

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Amelia Earhart

Jan 11, 1935

Amelia Earheart print

On January 11th, 1935 Amelia Earhart became the first woman pilot to fly solo between Hawaii and the United States.

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Spirit of St. Louis

May 11, 1927

On May 11th, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed his new Ryan airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, in St. Louis after a record non-stop overnight flight from San Diego of 14 hours, 25 minutes.

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The National Insignia

May 17, 1919

USAAF Insignia Caps

On May 17th, 1919 the War Department in Washington, D.C. ordered the use of the national insignia on all U.S. military aircraft.

USAAF Insignia Caps

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First Flight

Dec 17, 1903

On December 17, 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first powered flights.

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