On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: May 11th
1945: The aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill is struck by two Kamikazes, killing 346 crew.
1927: Charles Lindbergh sets a nonstop speed record in his new custom-built Ryan single-engine plane, Spirit of St. Louis (N-X-211), flying nonstop from San Diego to St. Louis in 14 hours 25 minutes.
1926: An Italian-built Norge airship takes off from Spitsbergen, Norway to become the first aircraft to cross the Arctic Ocean and North Pole. A crew of Roald Amundsen of Norway, Umberto Nobile of Italy, Lincoln Ellsworth of the United States and others lands in Teller, Alaska three days later.
1911: New speed record of 74.4 mph is set by former racing cyclist Edouard Niéport piloting his 28 hp Nieuport monoplane.