1926 in Aviation History

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1926:


United Airlines established.
Award of the Harmon Trophy begins. A set of three trophies is awarded annually to the world's outstanding aviator, aviatrix (female aviator), and aeronaut (balloon or dirigible aviator or aviatrix) for the year, and a fourth trophy (the National Trophy) is awarded to the outstanding aviator for the year in each of the 21 member countries of the International League of Aviators.
Fiat acquires the Societx  Anonima Aeronautica Ansaldo aircraft manufacturing subsidiary from the Gio. Ansaldo & C. shipbuilding company and combines it with its own Societx  Italiana Aviazione subsidiary to form a new Societx  Anonima Aeronautica d'Italia subsidiary for the design and production of aircraft.
The United States Coast Guard opens the first permanent Coast Guard Air Stations.


January 6 - Deutsche Lufthansa is formed by the merger of Deutsche Aero Lloyd and Junkers Luftverkehr
January 26 - The Plus Ultra, a Dornier Do J hydroplane completes a Trans-Atlantic flight with a crew of Spanish aviators, including Ramx³n Franco and Julio Ruiz de Alda Miqueleiz.


March 1 - Four Royal Air Force Fairey IIIDs begin a long-distance flight, taking them from Cairo to Cape Town and then on to Lee-on-Solent, England, where they will arrive on June 2.
March 16 - Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fuelled rocket near Auburn, Massachusetts.


April 1 - Italian airline Societx  Italiana Servizi Aerei begins operations linking Trieste, Venice, Pavia, and Turin with Cant 10 flying boats.
April 6 - Varney Speed Lines begins operations in the US. It will later become Continental Airlines
April 30 - Bessie Coleman, the first licensed African-American female pilot was killed along with mechanic William Wills, who was piloting the plane, after they crashed as a result of a wrench that Wills had accidentally left loose and that got stuck in the control gears.


May 9 - Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole in a Fokker VIIa-3m.
May 11 - 14- Roald Amundsen makes the first airship flight over the North Pole. The Norge leaves Spitsbergen and arrives in Teller, Alaska three days later.


June 30 - Alan Cobham sets out on a round trip from England to Australia in a de Havilland DH.50. He will arrive back in London on October 1 and receive a knighthood for his accomplishment.


July 1 - A Blackburn Dart makes the first night landing on an aircraft carrier, aboard HMS Furious.
July 2 - The United States Army Air Service becomes the United States Army Air Corps.
July 24 - Two Lufthansa Junkers G.24s leave Berlin to make a round-trip to Beijing. They will return on September 26.
July 26 - During United States Navy experiments with the operation of seaplanes from a submarine equipped with an aircraft hangar, the submarine USS S-1 (SS-105) carries out for the first time a full cycle of surfacing, removing the disassembled seaplane from its hangar, assembling it, launching it, retrieving it, disassembling it, stowing in its hangar, and submerging, on the Thames River at New London, Connecticut.


October 21 - British airship R.33 makes further parasite fighter tests, releasing two Gloster Grebes from 2,500 ft (762 m).
October 22 - Curtiss F6C Hawk fighters of the United States Navy's Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) surprise U.S. Navy capital ships sortieing from San Pedro Harbor, California, with a simulated dive-bombing attack, diving almost vertically from 12,000 feet (3,658 m). It generally is considered the birth of modern dive bombing.


November 13 - Schneider Trophy race flown at Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA. Won by Mario de Bernardi (Italy) in a Macchi M.39 at 396.698 km/h (246.497 mph), a new world speed record.
November 15 - T. Neville Stack and B. S. Leete leave England in an attempt to reach India by air in a de Havilland DH.60. They will arrive in Karachi on January 8, 1927.
November 17 - Mario de Bernardi breaks his four-day old world speed record, reaching 416.618 km/h (258.875 mph) in the same Macchi M.39 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA.

First flights

Boulton Paul Sidestrand


April 24 - Handley Page Harrow (HP.31)


May 7 - Blériot 127


June 19 - Blackburn Iris
June 26 - Avro Tutor


July 6 - Macchi M.39


October 27 - Blériot 165

Entered service


June 16 - Armstrong Whitworth Argosy with Imperial Airways


Lioré et Olivier 21 with Air Union


Martin T3M with the United States Navy



Taylor, H.A. Fairey Aircraft since 1915. London:Putnam, 1988. ISBN 0-370-00065-x.

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