On This Day in Aviation History
Last Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird: October 9 in Aviation History
1999: Completing a career during which she set scores of speed and altitude records, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird makes its final flight.
1900: French aeronaut Count Henri de La Vaulx sets a world record for non-stop long-distance balloon flight, flying over 35 hours after taking off from Paris.
1890: French inventor Clément Ader completes what is arguably the first flight of a manned, powered airplane when his steam-engined, propeller-pushed Éole flies about 164 ft (50 m) at an altitude just under 8 inches (20 cm).