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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1907:



16 March - Léon Delagrange flies a Voisin biplane for 9.1 meter (30 ft) at Chx¢teau de Bagatelle, France.


5 April - Louis Blériot makes a short flight in his Blériot V monoplane.
6 April - Horatio Phillips achieves the first, limited, powered heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom when his multiplane makes a 500 ft (150 m) hop.


The first aerodrome with hangars opens at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.
1 August - The United States Army creates an Aeronautical Division within the office of the chief of its Signal Corps under Captain Charles deForest Chandler, consisting of one officer, one non-commissioned officer, and one enlisted man, with a mission to oversee "all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines, and all kindred subjects". It is the world's first heavier-than-air military aviation unit.


29 September - Louis Breguet and Charles Richet demonstrate their Gyroplane No. 1, the first rotary-wing aircraft to lift a person off the ground. The craft does not fly freely; it is controlled by handlers with poles standing around it on the ground.
30 September - Flying his Voisin-Farman I biplane at Issy, British-born Henry Farman begins a progressively longer series of flights.


5 October - British Army Dirigible No 1, Nulli Secundus, the UK's first powered airship, flies from the School of Ballooning, Farnborough, Hampshire, to London in 3 hours 25 minutes.
12-13 October - Augustus Gaudron crosses the North Sea in a hot air balloon named Mammouth. He flies 1,160 km (721 miles) from The Crystal Palace, London to Lake Vx¤nern, Sweden.
19 October - Robert Esnault-Pelterie becomes the first pilot to fly using a control stick, at Buc, France.
26 October - Flying his Voisin-Farman I, Henry Farman sets a world powered heavier-than-air distance record of 771 meters (2,530 ft).


10 November
Louis Blériot flies his Blériot VII monoplane, the ancestor of modern tractor monoplanes.
Flying his Voisin-Farman I for 1 min. 14 sec., Henry Farman becomes the first European to be airborne in a powered heavier-than-air machine for longer than Wilbur Wright's 59 sec. on 17 December 1903, over a distance of 1030 meters (3,379 ft).
13 November - Paul Cornu makes the first piloted vertical take-off in a rotary-wing aircraft at Lisieux, France. The flight lifts Cornu about 30 cm (1 ft 2 in.) and lasts 20 seconds, but is steadied with poles so does not rank as a wholly free flight.
30 November - Glenn Curtiss founds the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, the first airplane manufacturing company in the United States.


23 December - The United States Army's Aeronautical Division releases the world's first specification for a military aircraft issued for commercial tender. The specification calls for an aircraft capable of carrying two passengers with a combined weight of at least 350 lbs (159 kg), with a top speed of at least 40 mph (64 km/h) and a range of at least 125 statute miles (201 km).


Work begins on the Gnome rotary engine.

First flights


5 April - Bleriot V


11 July - Blériot VI Libellule.


10 September - Nulli Secundus, the British Army's first airship.


10 November - Blériot VII, the first aircraft of conventional modern configuration.


6 December - First manned flight of the AEA Cygnet tethered glider (also referred to as a kite) designed by Alexander Graham Bell. The flight is also the first flight for Thomas Selfridge, later the first person killed in the crash of a powered aircraft.
17 December - Santos-Dumont Demoiselle (No 19).


More airplanes.

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