Fly Away Simulation
Your #1 Source for Flight Simulators!

Search for Downloads

Use this form to search for downloads and addons including aircraft, scenery and more.

Search entire site

Use this form to perform a site-wide search for forum posts, news and reviews and videos.

Heidy's History Hangar 3/31/2009

Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:26:11 GMT

Good to see you all again, hope you're enjoying these tidbits as much as I am finding them!

On this date in:

-- Richard Pearse (1877 - 1953), a farmer and inventor from New Zealand, is thought to have made a successful flight and landing in a powered aircraft.  This date would mean he flew nine months before the Wright brothers.  Some controversy surrounds the date, including conflictory reports from Pearce himself.  The flight was not what one would consider "controlled," however, his was the first aircraft to use ailerons.  A later Pearse aircraft, kept at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology, had STOL-like features, such as tilting engines, variable-pitch propeller, leading-edge flaps, and (gasp) wheel brakes!


--Farman biplanes made an outstanding showing in the world’s first hydroplane competitions, held in Monaco. Jules Fisher, a Belgian pilot, took first place. He was one of only two non-French pilots of the eight entrants.

Fisher also set a speed record in a Farman Hydroglider on November 24, 1924.



--First flight of Travel Air Model 2000.  The aircraft was powered by a 90 hp Curtis OX-5 engine.  The "Wicheta Fokker" so resembled the Fokker D.VII that Howard Hughes used the 2000 and 3000 series as fill-ins for the D.VII in the film "Hell's Angels."


--A Royal Canadian Air Force de Havilland CC-115 with an inflatable landing system, much like the air-cushion on a hovercraft flew for the first time.  The CC-115 is also known as the DMC-5 Buffalo.


-- Gus McLeod, a Maryland man, landed his single engine airplane in Antarctica during his attempt to become the first person to fly around the world over both poles in a single engine aircraft. He left College Park Airfield January 21st.

Sorry, I couldn't find any birthdays today.

Do please PM me with comments or suggestions.

Thanks for reading, have a 29.92 day!

Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a Flight Simulation enthusiast with a keen interest in aviation and technology. He has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.

If you like this, would you mind sharing it?


Leave a Response

Leave a comment


Signing-up for a Pro account gives you super fast uncapped speed to the thousands of FSX, FS2004 & X-Plane downloads which include aircraft, scenery and more - click here to view the library for free or...

Go Pro
Sign-Up Now

Subscribe to our Free Newsletter

Join over 130,000 subscribers of our free dedicated flight simulation newsletter. Featuring new downloads, products and industry news.



Have you downloaded your copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition?

Yes, they have really improved it.
No, I haven't downloaded it yet...
I'm going to stick with my original FSX.
I haven't even moved to FSX, I'm sticking with FS2004.
No, X-Plane all the way!
...there's a Steam Edition?
I've moved to Prepar3D.

Votes 15433


Follow us on Social Networks

Subscribe to our newsletter

RSS Feed iPhone App

Terms & Privacy Policy | Contact Us

Copyright © 2018 Fly Away Simulation. All Rights Reserved.