On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: December 31st
1970 – Jeanne Holm became the first female General in the United States Air Force, also the first of that rank in any military branch.
1968 – The Tupolev Tu-144 made its first flight, and becomes the first supersonic transport aircraft to fly.
1958 – The end of the year marked the first time that more passengers cross the Atlantic by air than by ship, at 1.2 million.
1951 – The year-end tally showed that for the first time, total passenger flying miles exceeded that of railroad miles at 10.6 million.
1922 – A Deutsche Luft-Reederei Dornier Komet became the first German aircraft to fly over Britain since the end of World War I.
1908 – Wilbur Wright made the first flight over two hours in Auvours, France, covering 77 miles.