On This Day in Aviation History

November 2, 2011

On This Day in Aviation History: November 2nd

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2000 - The International Space Station receives its first long-term, three astronaut crew, Expedition One. The ISS has been continuously manned ever since.

Howard Hughes flew the Hercules about one mile at an altitude of 70 feet

Howard Hughes flew the Hercules about one mile at an altitude of 70 feet.

1947 - The Hughes H-4 Hercules (NX37602), more widely known as the “Spruce Goose,” lifts about 70 feet above the water in a channel near Long Beach, Calif., flying in ground effect for about a mile. It’s the first and last flight for what at the time was the largest airplane ever built.

1931 - USS Akron, a helium-filled rigid airship designed as a flying aircraft carrier, makes its maiden flight as a commissioned ship of the US Navy, from Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. Akron would be lost in a storm in 1933.