On This Day in Aviation History

October 14, 2011

October 14th in Aviation History

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By: Matt Molnar
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Bell X-1
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1968 - Apollo 7 broadcasts the first live telecast from space.

Commander Wally Schirra, Command Module Pilot Donn Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot Walter Cunningham holding up a sign during the first live broadcast from space aboard Apollo 7.

1965 – Joe Engle in an X-15 reaches an altitude of 49 miles (80 km).

1962 - A US Air Force U-2 reconnaissance plane discovers Russian missiles being installed in Cuba, setting off what would become known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1947 – Chuck Yeager becomes the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight, piloting the Bell X-1S rocket plane to 670 mph, or Mach 1.015. This specific aircraft was #46-062, named “Glamorous Glennis,” after Chuck’s wife. The plane is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

1943 - The US Army Eighth Air Force loses 60 B-17 bombers during the Second Raid on the ball bearing factories of Schweinfurt, Germany.

1938 - Curtiss test pilot Edward Elliott takes a prototype XP-40 single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft up over Buffalo for its first test flight. The plane would later enter production known as the P-40 Warhawk.

1910 - Without permission from authorities, English aviator Claude Grahame-White lands his Farman Aircraft biplane on Executive Avenue near the White House, a feat that would subsequently be praised in local newspapers.