On this day in history: Alexandr Fedotov flies into the record books

Mig-25Alexandr Vasilievich Fedotov, an official ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’ and test pilot, set an FAI World Record for altitude on 31 August 1977 when he climbed to 37,650m in his MiG-25. The record still stands today.

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Unique Unmanned Plane Sets Duration World Record

 

UAV2017The VA001 flew for 56 hours without refuelling – setting a new world record for flight duration.

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40 years ago today: Bryan Allen achieves the first human-powered aircraft flight

condor-660x53023 August 1977: Today marks the first human-powered aircraft flight conducted in Shafter, California (USA).

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On this day in history: First woman to circumnavigate the world by helicopter

4891 MURRAY_Jennifer_1997_1British helicopter pilot Jennifer Murray became the first woman to successfully fly round the world in a helicopter 20 years ago, on 8 August 1997. She completed the feat in 97 days, flying with co-pilot Quentin Smith.

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One year ago today: Russian Fedor Konyukhov completes around the world tour

27872677883 484b85a260_mExactly one year ago, Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov broke the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a combined (hybrid) hot-air and helium gas balloon.

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9 July 2012: Akihiro Danjo flew his model aircraft for almost 20 minutes

akihiro danjo_2012-2017Five years ago today, on 9 July 2012, Japanese pilot Akihiro Danjo flew his model aircraft with extensible motor for 19 min 40 sec, thus breaking the World Record in Duration. His remarkable record still stands today.

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Eighty years ago today: Earhart’s fate remains a mystery

Amelia Earhart_standing_under_nose_of_her_Lockheed_Model_10-E_Electra_small1_copyToday marks a day in history when a living legend vanished into thin air: Amelia Earhart’s daring round-the-world-flight was cut short when her Lockheed Electra aircraft disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on 2 June 1937.

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On this day: First anniversary of Solar Impulse 2’s historic three-day solar-powered flight across the Atlantic

solar-impulse piccard_2016On this day in history, 23 June: Solar Impulse 2 successfully completed the world’s first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic on 23 June 2016, establishing a world first and setting four FAI world records.

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Five years ago today: Jacques Bott supersedes his own record

BarreDesEcrinsFive years ago Frenchman Jacques Bott superseded the record he himself established in 2010 by covering on 30 May 2012 an out-and-return distance of 366.4 km from Serres to La Batie-Montsaléon, France, flying an Aeriane Swift Light hang glider – the record still stands today!

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On this day: Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly New York to Paris

Charles Lindbergh_wearing_helmet_with_goggles_upCharles Lindbergh flew solo from New York to Paris on 20/21 May 1927. Celebrate the 90th anniversary of this historic flight – and FAI world record - on 21 May 2017.

Ninety years ago, on 21 May 1927, American aviator Charles Lindbergh set the world alight when he completed the first non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris.

In doing so he set an FAI World Record for ‘Distance in a straight-line without landing’.

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FAI ratifies two world records for ‘revolutionary’ Aerobatics e-plane

Siemens-e-plane 2016_2The FAI has ratified two new speed world records flown with a revolutionary electric-powered Aerobatics plane. Germany’s Walter Extra and Walter Kampsmann set one world record each, on 23 March 2017. Both pilots launched and flew the record from Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany.

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