Today in History – May 29, 1951 – 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair

In 1950 Pan American World Airways purchased a P-51 Mustang to allow Blair a chance to attempt a new long-distance record. A P-51C equipped with long-range internal fuel tanks, the aircraft had been flown by Paul Mantz, winning the transcontinental Bendix Trophy air races in 1946 and 1947, and finishing second in 1948 and third in 1949.[3] Rechristening …

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Today in History – May 28, 1959 – Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets the Project 7 Astronauts

28 May 1959 On this day, the Congressional Committee of Astronautics met the Project 7 astronauts. These seven original American astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. The Mercury Seven created a new profession in the United States and established the image of the American astronaut for decades to come. Prior …

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Today in History – May 27, 1958 – Robert C. Little makes first flight of the YF4H-1 prototype

27 May 1958: At Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation’s Chief Test Pilot (and future company president) Robert C. Little made the first flight of the YF4H-1 prototype. The twin-engine Mach 2+ airplane was the first pre-production model of what would be developed into the legendary F-4 Phantom II fighter bomber. The flight …

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