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Notable Flights

At the 1996 plenary meeting, the CIA decided to publish and save for the future, information and data about historic events, performances and achievements. This is the fourth published draft for your consideration. The intention is to publish the list on Internet and also make the list available to the general public in written form. The information is contained in a database, at present in ACCESS 2002.

To keep the size down to a suitable level, the information is brief, but for each entry sources are included for further study.

For the first years, all known trials and flights are included. After 1785, only selected flights and events are included.

The information is divided in two sections. First a chronological section, chapters 1-12, containing all information in the database for each entry. Then a thematic section, chapters A-U, with selected information on different types of flights and events.

World records are listed only if they constitute an additional achievement. The intention is to publish old world records in a separate document. Instead, first flights of almost any kind are included and also some curiosities. Please feel free to comment on this policy.

Please send any comments, suggestions, corrections and proposals for additions to Hans Akerstedt (E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Notable Flights and Performances Introduction  (172.00 kB)03 June 2013
Part 1 - Detailed Information  (12.32 kB)25 April 2013
01. Flights 0000-1785  (43.66 kB)25 April 2013
02. Flights 1786-1800  (66.12 kB)25 April 2013
03. Flights 1801-1850  (30.28 kB)25 April 2013
04. Flights 1851-1900  (44.33 kB)25 April 2013
05. Flights 1901-1925  (57.25 kB)25 April 2013
06. Flights 1926-1950  (49.69 kB)25 April 2013
07. Flights 1951-1975  (47.73 kB)25 April 2013
08. Flights 1976-1983  (45.58 kB)25 April 2013
09. Flights 1984-1990  (43.91 kB)25 April 2013
10. Flights 1991-1995  (65.98 kB)25 April 2013
11. Flights 1996-2000  (71.80 kB)25 April 2013
12. Flights 2001-2010  (99.61 kB)25 April 2013
13. Flights 2011-2020  (20.83 kB)25 April 2013
20. Flights - New entries since 2005-03-01  (141.67 kB)25 April 2013
21. Long distance flights from Albuquerque  (13.59 kB)25 April 2013
22. Long duration flights from Albuquerque  (52.16 kB)25 April 2013
Part 2 - Category Lists. Limited Information  (12.32 kB)25 April 2013
For full information, see corresponding date in Part 1  (12.32 kB)25 April 2013
A. Airship Flights  (15.45 kB)25 April 2013
B. Parachute jumps from balloon  (8.62 kB)25 April 2013
C. Long Distance Flights  (40.45 kB)25 April 2013
D. Long Duration Flights  (34.12 kB)25 April 2013
E. Flights Over Significant Geographical features  (24.72 kB)25 April 2013
F. "First" Flights  (51.33 kB)25 April 2013
G. Gordon Bennett Performance  (60.78 kB)25 April 2013
H. High Number of Flights or Hours  (7.69 kB)25 April 2013
I. Awards, Champions, Winners and Badges  (69.45 kB)25 April 2013
K. Famous Females in Aerostation  (16.10 kB)25 April 2013
L. First National Flights  (13.61 kB)25 April 2013
M. Atlantic Ocean Crossings and Attempts  (29.25 kB)25 April 2013
N. Atlantic Solo Flights  (10.25 kB)25 April 2013
O. Indian Ocean Crossings or Attempts  (5.75 kB)25 April 2013
P. Pacific Ocean Crossings or Attempts  (9.36 kB)25 April 2013
Q. Curiosities  (13.70 kB)25 April 2013
R. Round the World Records and Attempts  (18.54 kB)25 April 2013
S. Stratosphere Flights (over 12 000m)  (74.36 kB)25 April 2013
T. Technical Development  (56.71 kB)25 April 2013
U. Unmanned Flights  (58.48 kB)25 April 2013

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