He maintained a good relationship with his parents "who trusted him and viewed him as a very responsible child". His father, for whom young Charles chauffeured as a child, served in the U.S. Congress from 1907 to 1917. Lindbergh's love of machinery was evident by the age of 14; "He could take apart a automobile engine and repair it". Attending the University of Wisconsin, Lindbergh studied engineering for two years. Although he was an excellent student, his real interest was in flying.
When Charles Lindbergh’s son had been kidnapped it shocked and fascinated the entire world. He was not only one of the finest pilots of his time but he was an excellent public speaker. In the 1920’s and 1930’s English teachers used his writings and even more often his wife’s writings in their English lessons. English and History teachers still use Charles Lindbergh’s and his wife’s works in their lessons. Even though Lindbergh was most famous for his transatlantic flight and winning the Orieg Prize he is also honored for his expertise in aviation and promoting “good will” throughout the Latin American countries.
They were the first African American pilots to shoot down German jets on a mission. They earned Distinguished Unit Citation of the war because of their heroism that contributed to the 332nd Fighter Group's. James T. Wiley was apart of the Tuskegee Airman and talks about his experiences. When he was younger he wanted to fly an airplane. "All the leadership was strong, and the men were a good bunch of superior guys with high morale" (Wiley) Bledsoe, Helen Wieman.James T Wiley has had many experiences, for example his mission in India.
Sikorsky was the first person to discover that a single rotor put vertically on the tail of the helicopter worked the best. He flew the first successful test flight of the helicopter in the U.S. in 1942. Since it was so complicated to fly a helicopter, it needed many complicated controls. Igor was the first person to design the controls so that the helicopter could fly sideways, backwards, straight up, and hover in one place. When he was young, his most successful design was actually a large 4 engine plane that the military converted to use as a bomber during WWI, and it flew hundreds of successful combat missions.
Benjamin O Davis Jr. Where They Are From Benjamin O Davis Jr. was born in Washington, D.C on December 18, 1912. His father was Benjamin O Davis Sr. and his mother was Elnora Dickerson Davis. His father like him had many accomplishments he was the first black general in the air force. Sadly his mother died giving birth to the third child when Benjamin O Davis Jr. was only four. When he was 13 years old he attended a barnstorming exhibition at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. One of the pilots there let him ride in his plane and that’s what got him into flying and he was determined to learn how to become a pilot.
Chuck Yeager is unquestionably the most famous test pilot of all time. He won a permanent place in the history of aviation as the first pilot ever to fly faster than the speed of sound, but that is only one of the remarkable feats this pilot performed in service to his country. Charles Elwood Yeager was born in 1923 in Myra, West Virginia and grew up in the nearby village of Hamlin. Immediately upon graduation from High School he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. Shot down over enemy territory only one day after his first kill in 1943, Yeager evaded capture, and with the aid of the French resistance, made his way across the Pyrenees to neutral Spain.
Wright brothers; the first flight Perhaps the most influential brothers in aviation history, Wilbur Wright born on April 16, 1867 Millville, Indiana and Orville Wright born on August 19, 1871 Dayton Ohio, creative and technological genius revolutionized transportation system on earth. The wright brothers were the first to fly a controllable self-propelled heavier than air flying machine on December 17, 1903. The passion of the Wright brothers for aviation came early on. Their common interest for flying dates back to 1878, when their father coming home one evening brought a mini copter. They thought that it wouldn’t fly but they were surprised to see it fly when their father threw it in the air.
This involved General Dynamics in a major modernization of its huge Fort Worth plant, which had originally been built during World War II. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, when it first came out, was designed to be in the Air Forces lightweight fighter (LWF) program. The first F-16 was developed as a YF-16 prototype back in 1972. It made it’s first official flight on February 2, 1974. A level speed of Mach 2 at 40,000 ft was attained on March 11, 1974.
The all famous Otto Lilienthal had died in a glider crash from injuries. From that moment on the idea of human flight had interested both brothers into acting on the behalf of aerodynamics. They began work 2 years later in 1899. On May 30th, 1899 Wilbur wrote a message to the Smithsonian: “Dear sirs: I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then if possible add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.
Another trip was when he departed from Roosevelt Field, New York, at 7:52 A.M. on May 20, 1927, and arrived at Le Bourget Field near Paris the day after at 10:21 P.M. Paris time (5:21 P.M. New York time). He flew more than three thousand six hundred miles in thirty- three in a half hours. (World Book Encyclopedia). Lindbergh started flying in his mid twenties. He was born February 4, 1902 Detroit Michigan.