Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year 2016 Award

IMG 0228-3_RSZA Russian priest who circumnavigated the world in a balloon in record time has been presented the inaugural FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year Award at a ceremony in Switzerland yesterday, Thursday 17 November 2016.

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13 November 1926: The FAI World Record of Major Mario de Bernardi

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One of the last records we would like to commemorate this year comes from an Italian pilot, famous in civil and military aviation:

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12 November 1906: The first flight by Santos-Dumont

Mix110 years ago, exactly today, the first officially observed flight in Europe that was longer than 25m was performed in Paris (FRA) by the Brazilian Aviation Pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, resident in France and famous for his experiments with small airships and balloons.

 

 

 

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22 September 1936: The FAI World Record of Maurice Claisse

maurice claisse 2The Bréguet Dorand aircraft was an experimental helicopter which was built in the Gyroplane Laboratoire in France.

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7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

Captain Iven_Kincheloe60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 km/h (2.000 mp/h) and to a height of 38.5 km (126.200 feet), becoming the first human ever to fly above 100.000 feet with the Bell X-2 rocket-powered research airplane.

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Ten Years Ago Today: Steve Fossett set a gliding world record by flying to above 15,000m

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Ten years ago today famous aviator Steve Fossett set a gliding world record that still stands today. Flying with former NASA test pilot Einar Enevoldson the pair hit an absolute altitude of 15,460m while flying in mountain wave above the Andes in Argentina.

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11 August 1986: The FAI World Record of John Trevor Egginton

Westland-Lynx-AH-1-G-LYNX-FAI-World-Absolute-Speed-Record-holder11 August 1986: A modified factory demonstration Westland Lynx AH.1 Helicopter piloted by Chief Test Pilot John Trevor Egginton set an FAI Absolute Record for Speed for helicopters over a straight 15 and 25 km course of 400.87 km/h (249.089 mp/h) near Glastonbury on the Somerset Levels and Moors, Southwest England.

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Eldon Joersz: Meet the fastest man in the air

Eldon-JoerszForty years ago on 28 July 1976 Major General Eldon W. Joersz flew into the FAI record books by setting a world air speed record that still stands today.

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40 Years Ago Today: Eldon Joersz became the fastest man in the world – a record that still stands today

8879 Black BirdOn this day in history Eldon W Joersz officially became the fastest man in the world, when he flew his US Air Force Blackbird plane at an astonishing 3,529.56km/h (2,194 mph).

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Fedor Konyukhov Solo Around-The-World in a Balloon – Official World Record Claims received!

2016 07_14_Fedor_Konyukhov_in_capsuleThe FAI received the following records claims from the Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov, 64, who completed his circumnavigation on Saturday 23 July 2016 by landing near Bonnie Rock (AUS) in a Roziere combined hot-air and helium gas balloon:

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Done! Solar Impulse 2 completes First Round-The-World Solar Flight and writes Aviation History!

2016 07_26_Si2_completedThey did it! After over 12 years of research and design, Swiss pioneers Dr. Bertrand Piccard (Initiator, Chairman and Pilot) and André Borschberg (Co-founder and CEO and Pilot) finished the first round-the-world solar flight, powered only by the sun with no fuel or polluting emissions. After 17 months since the first departure in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi (UAE), they landed at its original take-off point at this morning, 26 July at 02:05 CET (00:05 UTC, 04:05 Local Time). Since the beginning of the adventure, FAI has received 19 world record claims from the Solar Impulse Team.

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