On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: January 26th
1988 - French Defense Ministry approves full-scale development of the Dassault Rafale.
1962 - NASA launches the Ranger 3 moon probe aboard an Atlas-Agena rocket. After a series of malfunctions, the spacecraft would miss the moon by 22,000 miles.
1953 - The first meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association takes place at Curtis-Wright Field in Milwaukee.
1951 - The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket supersonic research aircraft is launched from a B-29 mother-ship for the first time and exceeds Mach 1 during a dive.
1946 - Col William Councill sets a new US transcontinental speed record of 4 hours 13 minutes in a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star.
1926 - Ramón Franco takes off from Spain piloting a Dornier Do J and reaches Buenos Aires 59 hours later.
1910 - The first practical seaplane is flown by American Glenn Curtiss. It lands and takes off in the waters off San Diego.