When it comes to Aviation History Month in November, there’s plenty to celebrate. From the first balloons sent up into the atmosphere to every device invented that elevated humans above the earth, our imaginations have been captured by the idea of flight. Aviation History Month recognizes the achievements of the men and women who make it happen.
AVIATORS IN HISTORY
Looking back, many of us quickly identify Wilbur and Orville Wright. However, long before the brothers took to the air, others were lifting off in other devices. In fact, the Wrights were inspired by these inventive pioneers in aviation. For example, Otto Lilienthal built gliders and flew them near Berlin, Germany. His very invention aided the Wright brothers in the design of a powered aeroplane.
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Another notable figure in aviation history many will name is Amelia Erhardt. While she earned many records, the one record she never successfully circumnavigated the globe. The first woman to gain that honor was Geraldine Mock. In 1964, Jerrie Mock completed her feat in twenty-nine days, eleven hours, and fifty-nine minutes. She flew a Cessna 180 named the “Spirit of Columbus.”
In 1941, The 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated at Tuskegee comprised of black pilots and ground crews. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated military unit. Because the NAACP had forced the military’s hand, the airmen were undertrained and expected to fail. Though they did not perform at the same level as their counterparts, they completed their missions and met demands while overcoming obstacles. As a result, they led the way for integrated units in the U.S. Air Force.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AviationHistoryMonth
Do you remember the first time you flew in an airplane? For some it’s the most exhilarating experience and for others it’s nerve-wracking. Explore aviation history, the people, the places and the technology. There are numerous ways to learn aviation history, too.
- Read a book about aviation.
- Visit an aviation museum.
- Talk to a pilot or go for a ride in an airplane.
- Listen to a podcast about aviation history.
- Watch a video about aviation history.
- Find an airshow event near you.
No matter how you celebrate, be sure to use #AviationHistoryMonth to post on social media.
AVIATION HISTORY MONTH HISTORY
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How could we forget… GRANDMA Lulu” – the grand-children always have a way to shorten the “GRANDMAS” name – – to something simple and easy for them to say. So… with “Grandma Lulu” – – we also have … “Grandma GoGo” – – and everybody knew exactly who the Grand-children were referring to… as they were learning to talk and connect to the different adults.
This is “Grandma Lulu” – and she is holding our brand new baby “AL” – and we were then … living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Have a quick guess “Grandma Lulu” would be “82” years old. She did like to travel by “Greyhound Bus” – – and whenever there was a newborn in the FAMILY – – she always wanted to be there to HELP!
So… this trip by “BUS” was a long one – – – coming from Saint Louis, Missouri – – – I just had to ask her, “WHY Travel… by BUS?” HER answer left me really “thinking” – because her answer was, “I just LOVE to talk to lots of people and when you are traveling by BUS – – you have more opportunity to meet people and learn about things – – that you never knew before!”
This … was very HARD for me to believe – – as all the years that I knew her – – she was very “HARD of HEARING” – – and whenever I would be talking to her – – I had to talk so LOUD that usually – – everyone, but her – heard and knew what I said. BUT…let me whisper something to someone – not wanting her to hear – – you guessed right – – she heard every word! – – – – The above FAMILY get- to gather – – and just weeks before “BABY AL” was to arrive!
This next PHOTO is – – just a few weeks later, Grandma Lulu – with Grandsons… Lee Jr., and new baby AL!
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