On his last day of combat, Air Force Capt. Joseph C. McConnell, Jr. flies two sorties in which he shoots down three MiG-15 fighters, bringing his total to 16 aerial victories. McConnell becomes the leading American ace of the Korean War.

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When the Boeing 747 first took flight in 1969, it was the first time a commercial jet had a laminate glass windshield that was curved- the two sections at the front were curved for aerodynamic reasons and this presented quite a technical challenge for the maker of the windshield, Triplex. Previous airliner cockpit windows were made of flat sections and even to this day flat sections are still common as they are easier to manufacture and the pressurization loads are more predictable. While many aircraft came after the 747 that also had curved cockpit windows, the Queen of the Skies’ design was the first time it had been done. Early 747 windshields had problems with the outer layer shattering, so much so that the recommended procedure was to try to use the wipers to knock of the pieces from the shattered outer layer. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDFW #DFW #dfwavgeek #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Boeing #KoreanAir #KoreanAirCargo #747 #instagramaviation #HL7437 #igaviationcontest #avgeekery #instaspotting #avgeekschoolofknowledge (at DFW Founders Plaza)

AAAAAAAH HOW DID I MISS THIS YESTERDAY

Happy belated birthday to Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky (Russian: И́горь Ива́нович Сико́рский;  May 25, 1889 – October 26, 1972). He designed and flew the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914. More importantly to my way of thinking:  In 1939 Sikorsky designed and flew the Vought-Sikorsky VS-300, the first viable American helicopter, which pioneered the rotor configuration used by most helicopters today. Sikorsky modified the design into the Sikorsky R-4, which became the world’s first mass-produced helicopter in 1942.

Mr. Sikorsky, I salute you.

Today in 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 33.5 hours.

That same year, Pan American World Airways, Inc. began its services when the airline, founded by Juan Trippe, chartered a small seaplane to carry mail from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba.

A few months later, in January 1928, Pan Am took its first fare-paying passengers over this route, a journey of 90 miles that lasted one hour and ten minutes. The same year, Trippe engaged the services of Charles A. Lindbergh and the famed American aviator served as a technical advisor on Pan Am’s Board of Directors for the next 41 years.

From its founding in 1927 through its closing in 1991, Pan Am was a pioneer in the development of aviation equipment, air routes, commercial passenger service, navigation techniques, and communication systems.

The University of Miami holds the airline’s archives, some 1500 boxes of administrative, legal, financial, technical, and promotional materials as well as internal publications, photographs, audiovisual material and graphic material form this vast resource.

Recently, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (part of the National Archives) funded a project to catalog this material.

Image: Photograph of Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis after Landing in Paris, 1927. National Archives.