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September 18, 2009

On This Day in Aviation History: September 18th

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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The first photograph ever of both the Earth and the Moon together, taken in 1977.

The first photograph ever of both the Earth and the Moon together, taken in 1977.

1977 Voyager I takes first space photograph of Earth and Moon together.

1948 – First flight of a delta-wing jet airplane is made with the Convair XF-92A.

1947 – US Air Force becomes and independent branch of service, following the National Security Act of 1947, which created the Department of Defense being above the four military branches.

1928 – Spaniard Juan de la Cierva flies his Cierva C-8L Autogyro across the English Channel, becoming the first rotating-wing aircraft to do so.

1928 – Graf Zeppelin makes its first flight. It would go on to become the most successful rigid airship ever built, flown commercially on a regular basis from Europe to South America. It flies over a million miles and carries some 13,100 passengers before its demise in 1940.

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Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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