DateOn This Date In Aviation HistoryInformation Source
9/18/1945Bomber Command Target: naval centre at Bremerhaven, 200 aircraft attack.The Bomber War by Robin Neillands
9/18/2005Last flight by a Convair 580 in DHL/Swiftair service.Aeroplane Monthly, March 2006
9/18/1911First flight of the twin engine Shorts Triple Twin. Pilot: Frank McLean.Milestones of the Air, 1969
9/18/1911Short S39 "Triple Twin" made its first flight.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
9/18/1928Cierva flew his C8L-III autogiro, powered by a Lynx engine, across the English Channel with a passenger aboard.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
9/18/1947The US Air Force was officially established.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
9/18/2000The Boeing X-32A made its inaugural flight, thereby becoming the first of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) prototypes to take to the air.Wright To Fly, by Peter R. March
9/18/1918Major R.W. Schroeder sets a world altitude record of 28,899 feet over McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
9/18/1921Lieutenant J.A. Macready sets a world altitude record of 34,508 feet while piloting a Packard LePere fighter biplane over McCook Field, Ohio. Macready earns the Mackay Trophy.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
9/18/1923Army Lieutenant Rex K. Stoner, flying a Sperry M-1 Messenger, successfully accomplishes a mid-air hook-up with an Army D-3 airship.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
9/18/2000First conventional flight of the Boeing X-32A. Pilot:Fred Knox.X Planes and Prototypes By Jim Winchester
9/18/1948Convair test pilot Sam Shannon flies the Model 7-002 for the first time at Edwards AFB, California. The 7-002 will be accepted by the Air Force and redesignated as the XF-92.U.S. Airforce - A Complete History by The Air Force Historical Foundation
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