On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: December 12th
1957 – A McDonnell F-101 Voodoo flown by Maj. Adrian Drew sets a new speed record of
1953 – Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to reach the speed of Mach 2.5 in the Bell X-1A, hitting 1,650 mph at an altitude of 70,000 ft.
1951 – Alaska Airlines becomes the first airline to fly over the North Pole.
1918 – Cpt R.M. Smith, Brig Gen A.E. Borton and Maj Gen W. Salmond of the Royal Air Force set out from Cairo for Karachi aboard a Handley Page O/400 to survey a mail route to India.
1915 – The Junker J-1, the first all-metal aircraft, flies for the first time in Dessau, Germany. After a few mishaps during test flights, it would never become anything more than a test plane, but did allow Junkers to receive approval to develop the J-2.