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A History of Aviation

color postcard of Boeing 314 flying boat over the Golden Gate Bridge & Marin County          short history

books on aviation history

golden age of aviation

Timeline of Aviation & Space

famous American aircraft

The Space Race

aviation film festival
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“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been,
and there you will always long to return.”  —  Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
—  J.M. Barrie [1860-1937], in his 1904 stageplay "Peter Pan"

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Books  on  Aviation  History
browse the History of Aviation catalog at Amazon

"Enola Gay: The Bombing of Hiroshima" [1977] by Gordon Thomas & Max Morgan Witts + atomic
http://www.amazon.com/Enola-Gay-Gordon-Thomas/dp/0812821505/ hc

"Flight of the Enola Gay" [Buckeye Aviation Book 5/1989] by Paul W. Tibbets

"Whatever Happened To Curtiss-Wright?: The Story of How A Very Successful Aircraft Company
Took Itself Out of The Business, 1945-1953" [12/1989] by Robert W. Fausel /0897450809/

"Return of The Enola Gay" [8/1998] by Paul W. Tibbets

"Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation" [Brassey 8/2002] by Eileen F. Lebow

"Come Fly With Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess" [3/2003] by Johanna Omelia & Michael Waldock

"First Flight Visions, Celebrating The 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight" [Thrasher Loy Gallery 2003] by Tom D. Crouch & Chris Kidder

"Little Book of Flight" []5/2006] by David Curnock

"Mavericks of the Sky: The First Daring Pilots of the U.S. Air Mail" [2/2007] by Barry Rosenberg & Catherine Macaulay

"Legacy of Flight" photo book [] by Romanowski & Keiser

"Flight: The Complete History" [3/2007] by R.G. Grant

Milestones of Flight book by Tim Grove  "Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons To SpaceShipOne" [grades 5-9; 2016]
by Tim Grove

Kindle Edition from Harry N. Abrams BFYR [6/2016] for $9.99
Harry N. Abrams BFYR 10¼x9 hardcover [6/2016] for $17.24
Crash Detectives book by Christine Negroni  "The Crash Detectives: Investigating The World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters" [2016]
by Christine Negroni

Kindle Edition from Penguin Books [9/2016] for $12.99
Penguin Books 8½x5½ pb [9/2016] for $11.38

Aviation  Pioneers

folks who preceded Kittyhawk were
Lyman Gilmore of Colfax, California (steam-powered aeroplane, 1902)
Samuel Langley
Richard Pearce of New Zealand (uncontrollable flight)
Preston Watson of Scotland (glider)

The Wright Brothers
Orville Wright [1871–1948] & Wilbur Wright [1867–1912]
bookswebsitePBS 'Innovators' episodeCentennial Dec 2003PBS bio

The Golden Age of Aviation
aviatrix Pancho Barnes []
"Pancho Barnes" [1988 TV movie] /tt0095816/ starring Nance Williamson
Spirit of America Bookstore's
aviator & author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44]

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is most famous for the children's book "Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)" [1943]
Spirit of America Bookstore's
aviatrix Amelia Earhart [1897-1937] Page

Stanley Hiller, Jr. [1924–2006]
a pioneering developer of the helicopter, and 'The Real Life Tom Swift'
article on Steve Carper's Madmen & Tinkerers website
entry at Wikipediaentry at Notable Names Database
Hiller Aviation Museum [est. 1998], 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos, California
billionaire aviator & tycoon Howard Hughes [1905-76]
aviator Charles A. Lindbergh [1902-74] & Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"The Lives of Beryl Markham" by Errol Trzebinski (pb- Mar 1995) 0393312526
aviator Wiley Post [1898-1935]
Alberto Santos-Dumont [1873-1932]

"O Homem Pode Voar" [2006] 75-minute documentary /tt1675179/
recovers at least seventeen minutes of Santos-Dumont footage, which were thought nonexistent or lost forever

"Wings of Madness" [2006] /tt0973514/ episode of "Nova" TV series
aviatrix Louise M. Thaden [1905-79]

untitled feature film has long been 'under development' about aviation pioneer Thaden and the all-female transcontinental
air race of 1929, based on her 1938 book “High, Wide, and Frightened” • not listed at IMDb

Timeline of Aviation & Space

  • 1783 June 5: The Montgolfier Brothers publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon in a ten-minute flight in Annonay, France.
  • 1783 Sept 19: Jacques Etienne Montgolfier launched a hot-air balloon at Versailles in France with a duck, a sheep, and a rooster on board.
  • 1783 Oct 15: Jacques Etienne Montgolfier became the first human to fly in a lighter-than-air craft, followed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier; both flights were tethered on a 75-foot rope.
  • 1783 Nov 21: The first manned free balloon flight as Jean-François Pilâtre and the Marquis d'Arlandes ascended to 3,000 feet and traveled 5½ miles (9 km) in a flight across Paris, France that lasted about 25 minutes.
  • 1793 Jan 9: Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard flew a hot-air balloon between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Woodbury, New Jersey (a distance of around ten miles).
  • 1797 Oct 22: French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, from a height of about 3,000 feet above Paris, France.
  • 1834 June: Albert Mason displayed a working model of his 'aerial steamboat' in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1903 Kittyhawk
  • 1904 Wright Bros. made significant improvement to their flying machine.
  • 1905 Wright Bros. built the historically-official 'first practical heavier-than-air flying machine'.
  • 1906 Brazilian ex-pat Alberto Santos-Dumont made the first FAI-certified flight in France (leading to chauvinistic claims that the Wright Brothers were not first).
  • 1906 May 22: The Wright Brothers received the patent for their flying machine.
  • 1907 Aug 1: Beginning of the U.S. Air Force, as the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronaut-ical division.
  • 1908 Wright Bros. added a more powerful engine to their flying machine, allowing easier takeoffs and better maneuverability.
  • 1908 Wilbur Wright flew exhibitions in Europe, shattering all previous records for distance, duration, and altitude
  • 1909 July 25: French aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, traveling from Calais, France to Dover, England in 37 minutes.
  • 1909 July 27: Official test of the U.S. Army's first airplane at Fort Myer, Virginia; Orville Wright flew a passenger and himself for one hour and twelve minutes.
  • 1910 Oct 11: Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. President to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1910 Nov 14: Eugene B. Ely became the first aviator to take off from a ship; his Curtiss Pusher aeroplane rolled off a sloping platform built on the bow of the light cruiser USS Birmingham at Hampton Roads, Virginia, lightly touched the surface of the water, then landed on a beach.
  • 1911 Jan 18: Eugene B. Ely became the first aviator to land on a ship; his Curtiss Pusher aeroplane flew from Tanforan Airfield in San Bruno, California and landed on a platform built on the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1911 Aug 1: The Aero Club of America issued the first pilot's certificate for a woman to Harriet Quimby.
  • 1912 May 30: Wilbur Wright died in Dayton, Ohio of typhoid fever at age 45.
  • 1912 Aug 1: The first U.S. Marine Corps pilot Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham flew solo for the first time, in a Burgess/Curtis Hydroplane at Marblehead Harbor in Massachusetts.
  • 1915 Orville sold Wright Co., became an almost-recluse in Dayton (at his home, called Hawthorn Hill).
  • 1921 Dec 1: The U.S Navy C-7, the first non-rigid lighter-than-air craft to use helium, from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Washington, DC.
  • 1922 Feb 21: Crash & explosion of Italy-built Roma semi-rigid hydrogen airship during U.S. Army testing at Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia; 34 crew members died, eleven on board miraculously survived.
  • 1927 May 19-20: Aviator Charles Lindbergh made the first successful solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling nonstop from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York to Paris, France in 33.5 hours.
  • 1927 June 13: Aviator Charles Lindberg was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
  • 1927 June 28: U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Lester James Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger completed the first transpacific flight from Oakland, California to Wheeler Field, Oahu, Hawaii; their Atlantic Fokker C-2 craft flew the 2,400 miles in 25 hours & 50 minutes.
  • 1928 Oct 15: The German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed at Lakehurst, New Jersey to complete its first commercial flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1929 Nov 29: First airplane flight over the South Pole, with U.S. Navy Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd, pilot Bernt Balchen & photographer Ashley McKinney aboard.
  • 1930 May 15: Registered nurse Ellen Church flew as the first stewardess or flight attendant, aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago run by Boeing Air Transport (forerunner of United Airlines).
  • 1932: James Herman Banning was the first Afro-American to fly coast-to-coast, accompanied by mechanic Thomas Allen. The flight encompassed 42 hours aloft, but took 21 days because they needed to raise money for gasoline at each stop.
  • 1932 May 20: Aviator Amelia Earhart began the first successful solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling nonstop from Newfoundland to Ireland.
  • 1932 Aug 24: Aviator Amelia Earhart began a 19-hour cross-country flight (from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey) that made her the first woman to fly solo and non-stop from coast to coast.
  • 1933 July 22: American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world in seven days and 18-3/4 hours.
  • 1935 Jan 11: Aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour flight from Honolulu, Hawai'i to Oakland, California that made her the first woman pilot to solo across the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1935 Nov 22: The China Clipper, a four-engine Martin M-130 flying boat, took off from Alameda, California carrying over 110,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.
  • 1937 March 17: Aviator Amelia Earhart's first attempt at a flight around the world (westward from Oakland, California); the flight ended with a crash landing in Hawai'i.
  • 1937 June 1: Aviator Amelia Earhart's second attempt at a flight around the world (eastward) began from Miami, Florida.
  • 1937 July 2: Aviator Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra aircraft lost radio contact and disappeared in the South Pacific Ocean; her navigator Fred Noonan was also aboard.
  • 1939 June 28: Pan American Airways began regular transatlantic air service with a flight from New York City to Marseilles, France.
  • 1939 Aug 27: Test flight of the first turbojet-powered aircraft, Germany's Heinkel He-178.
  • 1945 July 28: A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City; three crewman and eleven people in the building died. {Wikipedia}
  • 1947 Oct 14: Air Force test pilot Charles E. 'Chuck' Yeager broke the sound barrier over Edwards A.F.B. [Muroc Dry Lake] in California, flying the Bell XS-1 rocket plane to a speed of Mach 1.06.
  • 1948 Jan 27: Orville Wright died in Dayton, Ohio at age 76.
  • 1953 May 18: Aviator Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier, flying an F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake in California.
  • 1953 Nov 20: Test pilot A. Scott Crossfield was the first human to pass Mach 2, flying a Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket to 1,291 mph.
  • 1957 Jan 18: Three U.S.A.F. B-52 bombers completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight by jet aircraft, from March A.F.B. in California and back in just over 45 hours.
  • 1957 Oct 4: The successful launch by the Soviet Union of the Sputnik I satellite began the Space Race.
  • 1958 May 12: The United States and Canada established the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1958 Oct 26: Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris, France in 9 hours and 41 minutes.
  • 1961 July 19: Inauguration of regularly-scheduled in-flight movies by T.W.A, with a showing of "By Love Possessed" to first-class passengers.
  • 1961 Nov 9: U.S.A.F. Major Robert M. White flew the North American X-15 rocket plane at Mach 6 (six times the speed of sound: 4,093 mph/6,590 kmph).
  • 1962 July 25: American Airlines and the Bell System inaugurated Skyphone air-to-ground radio-telephone service by having a stewardess flying over New Jersey call an Associated Press writer in New York City.
  • 1962 Nov 27: Official 'roll out' of the first Boeing 727 aircraft at Renton, Washington.
  • 1964 April 17: Geraldine 'Jerrie' Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world when she returned to Columbus, Ohio in her Cessna 180 after the 29½-day trip.
  • 1969 July 19: Apollo 11 went into orbit around the Moon, with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, and Michael Collins on board.
  • 1971 Nov 24: Airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper escaped by parachute with a suitcase of cash over a forest in Washington State; he was never identified, the case is unsolved, he was never heard from again.
  • 1972 Jan 5: President Nixon announced that he had ordered the development of the Space Shuttle.
  • 1972 Oct 28: The Airbus A300 made its debut flight in Toulouse, France.
  • 1977 Aug 20: The Voyager 2 space probe launched toward Jupiter [July 1979] & Saturn [Aug 1981] plus Uranus [Jan 1986] & Neptune [Aug 1989]; currently speeding away from the Sun, the spacecraft is expected to transmit data back to Earth thru the year 2020.
  • 1977 Sept 5: NASA's Voyager 1 space probe launched to Jupiter [March 1979] & Saturn [Nov 1980]; currently speeding away from the Sun, the interstellar probe is still transmitting data as it crosses the 'heliopause' into deep space.
  • 1979 March 5: NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.
  • 1980 July 9: NASA's Voyager 2 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.
  • 1980 Nov 8: Space scientists at J.P.L. in Pasadena announced that N.A.S.A. probe Voyager 1 had discovered a fifteenth moon orbiting the planet Saturn.
  • 1980 Nov 20: NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Saturn, sending back photographs of the planet and its rings & moons.
  • 1981 Aug 25: NASA's Voyager 2 space probe flew past Saturn, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.
  • 1985 April 12: U.S. Senator Jake Garn [GOP-Utah} became the first sitting member of Congress to fly in space as shuttle Discovery lifted off from from Kennedy Space Center in Florida; mission STS-51-D lasted seven days.
  • 1986 Jan 24: NASA's Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.
  • 1987 July 3: British billionaire Richard Branson and pilot Per Lindstrand became the first travelers to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot-air balloon, even though they were forced to jump into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.
  • 1989 Aug 25: NASA's Voyager 2 space probe flew past Neptune, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.
  • 1989 Aug 27: Launch of the first U.S. commercial satellite rocket from Cape Canaveral, a Delta booster carrying British communication satellite Marcopolo 1.
  • 2010 Oct 1: U.S. airlines United and Continental closed their deal to merge, creating the world's biggest airline; the combined company will be called United Airlines, with Continental's colors & globe logo on the tail.

Famous American Aircraft

Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat [1938-46]
  Boeing 707 passenger jet
Boeing 727 passenger jet [rollout Nov 1962]
Boeing 737 passenger jet
  Boeing 747 passenger jet
Cessna/USAF A-37 Dragonfly VietNam War era fighter [1963-92]
AT-6 Texan trainer

Northrop Grumman/USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber [1989-today]
U.S. Army B-17 Flying Fortress bomber
U.S. Army B-24 Liberator bomber
U.S. Army B-25 Mitchell bomber
U.S. Army B-29 Superfortress bomber
Northrop/USAF YB-35 flying wing prototype [1946-49]
Convair/USAF B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber [1949-59]
Lockheed/USAF B-45 Tornado jet bomber [1947-59] + book by John C. Frederiksen
Boeing/USAF B-47 Stratojet strategic jet bomber [1947-77]
Northrop/USAF YB-49 jet flying wing prototype [1947]
Boeing/USAF B-50 Superfortress strategic jet bomber [1947-65]
Boeing/USAF B-52 Stratofortress strategic jet bomber [1952-today]
Martin/USAF B-57 Canberra reconnaissance jet bomber [1953-today]
Convair/USAF B-58 Hustler strategic supersonic bomber [1956-70]
Douglas/USAF B-66 Destroyer light bomber [1954-73]

  Lockheed Aircraft C-5 Galaxy transport
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
  U.S. Air Force C-47 / DC-3 transport
  U.S. Air Force C-118 / DC-6 Liftmaster
  U.S. Air Force C-119 Flying Boxcar transport
  Fairchild/USAF C-123 Provider transport
  Douglas Aircraft C-124 Globemaster II transport
  Lockheed/USAF C-130 Hercules transport
  U.S. Air Force C-135 transport & KC-135 tanker
  Lockheed/USAF C-141 Starlifter transport

  Douglas Aircraft DC-3 transport
Douglas Aircraft DC-6 [1946-58]
  Douglas Aircraft DC-8 passenger plane
  Douglas Aircraft DC-9 passenger plane
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
  Cessna O-2 Skymaster propeller aircraft
  Martin 404 passenger plane

U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom fighter
U.S. Navy F-4U Corsair
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon [1974-today - being phased out]
U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II [2006, deploying 2016]
U.S. Air Force F-104 fighter
U.S. Air Force F-105 fighter
U.S. Air Force F-111 fighter
H-4 / HK-1 'Hercules' Flying Boat [1947] aka the 'Spruce Goose'
McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Lockheed/U.S. Army P-38 Lightning fighter [1939-54]
U.S. Army P-51 Mustang fighter
Consolidated Aircraft PBY Catalina flying boat [1935-57]
U.S. Air Force SR-71 [12/1964-1990] did Mach 3 (approx 2,280 MPH) at 85,000 feet
U.S. Air Force U-2 / OL-20 reconnaisance plane

The  Space  Race
New Mexico Museum of Space History [est. 1976] in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Museum of Space History's International Space Hall of Fame

As with so many other topics, this section grew quite large over time and so was cut to its own page in March 2017.

Flying Saucers Are Real book by Donald Keyhoe  "The Flying Saucers Are Real" [1950] by USAF Major Donald E. Keyhoe
"During my long investigation of these strange objects, I have seen many reports verified by Air Force Intelligence, detailed accounts by Air Force pilots, radar operators, and other trained observers proving [that] the UFOs are high-speed craft superior to anything built on Earth."
Kindle Edition from Cosimo/Public Domain [3/2011] for FREE! {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1950 edition] for $1.99
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [6/2011] for $8.99
Fawcett Books mass pb [5/1950] out of print/scarce
Cosimo Classics 9x6 hardcover [9/2006] out of print/used
Flying Saucer Conspiracy book by Donald Keyhoe  
"The Flying Saucer Conspiracy" [1955] by USAF Major Donald E. Keyhoe
Holt 8x5¾ hardcover [1955] out of print/used
Holt 8x5¾ hardcover [1955] out of print/used
IMAX Space Collection DVD box set  "The IMAX Space Collection" DVD box set [2001]
Imax color DVD set [10/2001] 5 disks for $35.99
includes 37-min. "Hail Columbia!" [1982] narrated by James Whitmore; 37-min. "The Dream Is Alive" [1985] narrated by Walter Cronkite; 40-min. "Blue Planet" [1990]; 40‑min. "Destiny In Space" [1994] narrated by Leonard Nimoy; and 40-min. "Mission To Mir" [1997] narrated by August Schellenberg
The Spacesuit Film 1918-1969 book by Gary Westfahl  "The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969" [2012]
by Gary Westfahl, Foreword by Michael Cassutt

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [3/2012] for $9.99
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [3/2012] for $50.00 {sic}
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [3/2012] out of print/used
Spacesuit History book by Brett Gooden  "Spacesuit: A History Through Fact and Fiction" [2012]
by Brett Gooden

Kindle Edition from Tattered Flag [11/2013] for $14.99
Casemate Publrs 10x7 hardcover [12/2012] for $27.95
Casemate Publrs 10x7 hardcover [12/2012] out of print/used
Amazing Stories of the Space Age book by Rod Pyle  "Amazing Stories of The Space Age: True Tales of Nazis In Orbit, Soldiers On  2/2017
The Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts From The Annals of Spaceflight" [2017] by Rod Pyle

Kindle Edition from Prometheus/Random House/Penguin [2/2017] for $11.99
Prometheus Books 9x6 pb [2/2017] for $13.66

"For All Mankind" on Apollo pgm [10/1988] by Harry Hunt III

"Truth, Lies, and O-Rings / Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster" [1994]
Allan J. McDonald & James R. Hansen http://booksxyz.com/profile3805018.php

"Space Odyssey: First Forty Years of Space Exploration" [5/2002] by Serge Brunier, Translated by Stephen Lyle

"After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age" [3/2007] by Martin Collins

"The Right Stuff" [The Ladd Company 1983]
full credits from IMDb

"Apollo 13" [1995]
full credits from IMDb

"Space Travelers" [July 2009] Carlo Burton aka Charles Evans /tt1479832/
A documentary on legendary aerospace pioneer & designer Burt Rutan

"Space Dogs" animated film series
animated feature films based on true-life Russian space dogs Belka and Strelka
movie series entry at Wikipedia

Russian poster for 'Belka i Strelka' aka 'Space Dogs' animated movie   "Space Dogs 1" [Russia March 2010, USA May 2012]
Russian title: "Belka i Strelka. Zvezdnye sobaki."; street dogs Belka & Strelka and the rat Venya are captured and sent to space training camp; the trio is chosen for the first animal space flight, which is damaged by meteors; the animals fight an on-board fire and return to Earth, to acclaim as heroes. Strelka returns to live with her mother, rat Venya becomes a motivational speaker, Belka gets a job at a circus, and puppy Pushok is given by Kruschschev as a gift for Caroline Kennedy • Directed by Inna Evlannikova & Svyatoslav Ushakov; Russian voices of Belka & Strelka: Anna Bolshova & Elena Yakovleva; English voices of Belka & Strelka: Chloë Grace Moretz & Dorothy Elias-Fahn • full credits at IMDbofficial website {in Russian}
Phase 4 Films widescreen color Blu-ray [4/2012] for $30.69
Phase 4 Films widescreen color DVD [4/2012] out of prodn/used
watch official 4/2012 trailer [1:03] online at YouTube
watch full movie in Swedish [1:24:36] online at YouTubewatch full movie in Russian [1:24:52] online at YouTube

Space Dogs 2 animated movie from Russia   "Space Dogs 2: Adventure To The Moon" [Russia Feb 2014, USA Jan 2016]
Pushok's father Kazbek is trapped on the moon, so Pushok visits Cape Canaveral to stow away aboard an American rocket . . .
Directed by Inna Evlannikova, Aleksander Khramtsov & Vadim Sotskov; voices of Nonna Grishaeva {as Belka}, Maryana Spivak {as Strelka}, Evgeniy Mironov {as Venya}, Lev Akselrod {as Pushok}
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie website
watch 3/2016 official trailer [1:42] online at YouTubewatch full movie in Russian [1:15:01] online at YouTube

Space Dogs 3 animated movie from Russia   "Space Dogs 3: Moon Adventure" [USA Aug 2016]
Aliens on the back side of the Moon are stealing monuments from Earth; when the Statue of Liberty disappears, Pushok enlists Belka & Strelka & Venya to fix the problem . . . • featuring voices by Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpson
not yet listed at IMDb • watch official trailer [1:17] online at YouTube

"Space Dogs" animated film series
___   TITLE [studio mo YR]
DVD [8/00] for $0.00
VHS [8/00] for $0.00
full credits at IMDb
out of prodn/used

Principal  Players

Neil Armstrong [-2012]

Richard Branson

John Glenn [1921-2016]

'Father of Modern Rocketry' Dr. Robert H. Goddard [1882-1945]
listed on TIME Magazine 100 Most Important Persons of The Century [3/1999]
browse booksbrowse DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia
Goddard Space Flight Center [est. 1959] in Maryland
Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard Collection at Roswell [NM] Museum & Art Center
•1926 March 16: Dr. Goddard successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket near Auburn, Massachusetts.
•1926 April 3: Dr. Goddard launched his second flight of a liquid-fueled rocket.
•Summer 1930: Dr. Goddard and his team relocated to Roswell, New Mexico.
•November 1936: Dr. Goddard flew the world's first rocket (model L-7) with multiple chambers.
•May 1942: Dr. Goddard and his team moved to Navy facilities in Annapolis, Maryland.

rocket scientist Hermann Oberth [1894-1989] of Germany

Burt Rutan

Werner von Braun

World War I German Luftwaffe Fokker triplane

Aviation  Film  Festival
{ in chronological order }

jump to NEW movies, coming soon

A Century of Aviation in the Movies book by Mark Carlson  "Flying On Film: A Century of Aviation In The Movies, 1912 - 2012" [2012]
by Mark Carlson

Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [11/2012] for $9.95
BearManor Media 2nd edition 10x7 pb [8/2014] for $26.95
BearManor Media 10x7 pb [11/2012] for $24.95
BearManor Media 10x7 pb [11/2012] out of print/used

"When Hollywood Ruled The Skies: Aviation film classics of World War II" [1984] by Bruce W. Orriss

"Motion Picture Stunt Pilots and Hollywood's Classic Aviation… " [6/1987] by H. Hugh Wynne

"Aviators in Early Hollywood (Images of America)" [9/2008] by Shawna Kelly

generic DVD cover for Historic Aviation website  "Pylon Dusters" on DVD [date unknown]
includes "1932 & 1938 National Air Races" an historic film about the Cleveland and Pacific International Air Races; "1947 Cleveland National Races"; and "1948 Cleveland National Races" • total runtime 1 hour 40 minutes • films not listed on IMDb
DVD available from Historic Aviation website for $19.95

"The Flying Ace" [1926]: full credits at IMDb
all-black cast silent feature

"Wings" [1927]: full credits at IMDb
Paramount restoration [DUE Jan 2012] on DVD & Blu-ray

"Hell's  Angels" [United Artists Nov 1930]
Produced & directed by Howard Hughes; starring Ben Lyon, James Hall,
Jean Harlow & John Darrow; Oscar nominated for Best Cinematography
full credits from IMDb

When Howard Hughes shot "Hell's Angels", the original blond bombshell was Greta Nissen, a Norwegian actress.
But when he decided to re-shoot it as a talkie, he dropped her because of her heavy accent and chose Jean Harlow
instead. Ben Lyon said that the real reason was that Harlow had bigger breasts.

"Going Wild" [First National Pictures Dec 1930]
Starring Joe E. Brown, Lawrence Gray, Ona Munson and Walter Pidgeon • full credits at IMDb

"The Air Mail Mystery" 12-chapter serial [Universal Pictures March 1932]
The Air Mail Mystery lost 12-chapter serial  Evil mastermind The Black Hawk kidnaps a friend of airmail pilot Bob Lee . . . Chapter titles: 1. Pirates of The Air; 2. Hovering Death; 3. A Leap For Life; 4. A Fatal Crash; 5. The Hawk Strikes; 6. The Bridge of Destruction; 7. The Hawk's Treachery; 8. The Aerial Third Degree; 9. The Attack On The Mine; 10. The Hawk's Lair; 11. The Law Strikes; and 12. The Mail Must Go Through
Directed by Ray Taylor; written by George Morgan, Basil Dickey, Ella O'Neill & George H. Plympton; starring James Flavin, Lucile Browne, Wheeler Oakman, Frank Hagney, Sidney Bracey, Nelson McDowell, Walter Brennan, Al Wilson, Bruce Mitchell, Jack Holley
{this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDb

"The Lost Squadron" [R.K.O. Radio Pictures March 1932]
The Lost Squadron movie starring Richard Dix  
The Lost Squadron photoplay book by Dick Grace  
Stroheim agreed to portray a parody of himself as a German film director making a silent World War I movie who is essentially a homicidal maniac. The plot begins with aerial heroism by Yankee Army pilots in France who then come home to unfaithful girlfriends and unemployment. Several drift to Hollywood where their daredevil flying skills are in demand for movies about The Great War. Directed by George Archainbaud; screenplay by Wallace Smith, based on a story by Dick Grace; starring Richard Dix, Erich von Stroheim, Mary Astor, Robert Armstrong, Dorothy Jordan, Joel McCrea, Hugh Herbert & Ralph Ince
Region 1 Blu-ray/DVD not available
King of Video Region 1 b&w VHS [2012] from Amazon third party for $39.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Lost Squadron" photoplay [1932] by Dick Grace
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1932] out of print/used

"Wings In The Dark" [Paramount Pictures Feb 1935]
Wings In The Dark 1935 aviation adventure movie  An aviation innovator hopes to invent hardware for pilots to use under dangerous low-visibility conditions; after he loses his funding and is blinded in a lab accident, he meets an aviatrix who decides to help him . . . • Presented by Adolph Zukor; directed by James Flood; based on the story 'Eyes of the Eagle' by Nell Shipman & Philip D. Hurn, adapted by Jack Kirkland, Frank Partos, Dale Van Every, Earl H. Robinson; the Lockheed Vega airplane flown by Loy's character was then owned by Amelia Earhart; starring Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, Roscoe Karns, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dean Jagger, Russell Hopton, Matt McHugh, Graham McNamee, Eddie Baker, Hanley Andrews, Stanley Andrews, James P. Burtis, A.S. 'Pop' Byron, Alfred Delcambre, Hyman Fink, Sam Flint, Mabel Forrest, Peter Hancock, Allen Fox, Bert Hanlon, Samuel S. Hinds, Charles Hines, Harry Jordan, Arnold Korff, George MacQuarrie, Ottola Nesmith, George Reed, Henry Roquemore, J.B. Scott, Benjamin D. Sharpe, Antrim Short, Herb Watson, Duke York & Lightning the Dog
Universal Vault Series b&w DVD-R [5/2014] for $14.98
also available on the 5-movie "Cary Grant: Screen Legend Collection" {much better deal}
Universal Studios Home Ent. b&w/color DVD set [11/2006] 3 disks for $17.95
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Border Flight" [Paramount Pictures May 1936]
title card for Border Flight 1936 aviation adventure movie  58-minute drama-romance about the U.S. Coast Guard's airborne division, with two flyers competing for a girl • Presented by Adolph Zukor; directed by Otho Lovering; written by Stuart Anthony, Arthur J. Beckhard & Ewing Scott; stunts by Frank Clarke & Paul Mantz; the Lockheed Vega airplane featured in the film was previously owned by Amelia Earhart; starring Frances Farmer, John Howard, Roscoe Karns, Robert Cummings, Grant Withers, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Kirke, Matty Fain, Frank Faylen, Ted Oliver, Paul Barrett, Edgar Dearing, Eddie Dunn, Ralph Malone
prints of the film exist but are rarely screened
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Sky Parade" [1936]
movie based on "Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen" radio show

"Robot Pilot" aka "Emergency Landing" [P.R.C. March 1941] /tt0033576/
enemy agents plot to steal a 'robot' control device that will enable airplanes to fly without a pilot; directed by William Beaudine; starring Forrest Tucker, Carol Hughes

"Flying Tigers" [1942]
Starring John Wayne; full credits at IMDb

"Flight For Freedom" [R.K.O. Radio Pictures Feb 1943]
Flight For Freedom 1943 aviation adventure movie starring Rosalind Russell   Working title 'Stand To Die'; rumored to be based on a screenplay offered to R.K.O. by George Putnam; story obviously patterned after Amelia's life, with major non-historical changes; a female flyer planning a trip around the world is asked by the U.S. military to spy on Japanese military installations on islands in the South Pacific • Directed by Lothar Mendes; written by Oliver H.P. Garrett, S.K. Lauren, Jane Murfin & Horace McCoy; starring Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Herbert Marshall, Eduardo Ciannelli, Walter Kingsford, Stanley Andrews, Martin Ashe, Richard Bartell, Hugh Beaumont, Jack Carr, Jack Carrington, Jack Cheatham, Gino Corrado, James Craven, Joe Cunningham, Eddie Dew, Don Dillaway, James Eagles, Bruce Edwards, Kathleen Ellis, Edward Fielding, Charles Flynn, William Forrest, Bud Geary, Pat Gleason, Mary Halsey, Ariel Heath, Chet Huntley, Isabel La Mal, Shirley Lew, Richard Loo, Charles Lung, John J. Marvin, Matt McHugh, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart, Forbes Murray, Damian O'Flynn, John S. Peters, Gerald Pierce, Joey Ray, James Seay, George Sherwood, Edwin Stanley, Mary Treen, Theodore von Eltz, John Wald, Buddy Williams
Warner Archive Collection b&w DVD [4/2015] for $14.81
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Rosalind Russell later reprised her role in a "Lux Hollywood Radio Theatre" broadcast on 20 September 1943, co-starring George Brent & Chester Morris
listen to full radio broadcast [2/2017 upload; 59:45] online at YouTube

"Dizzy Pilots" short [Columbia Sept 1943]
Dizzy Pilots 1943 short film starring The Three Stooges  The three Wrong Brothers try to invent an airplane to sell to the Army so that they can avoid the draft. {Cobbled from footage of the 1940 short "Boobs In Arms"}
Produced & directed by Jules White; starring 'The Three Stooges' (Moe & Larry & Curly)
available on DVD as part of "G.I. Stooge" and other sets; full credits from IMDb

"The Memphis Belle: A Story of A Flying Fortress"
[Paramount theatrical release April 1944]
Memphis Belle 1944 movie  Produced by F.M.P.U. of the U.S.A.A.F.; directed by William Wyler; cinematography by 1Lt. Harold J. Tannenbaum; listed by National Film Directory 2001
Platinum color DVD [11/2001] for $3.99
Timeless color VHS [3/2000] for $6.35
Tapeworm Video color VHS [12/99] for $9.69 + s/h
Tapeworm Video color VHS [11/90] for $1.55 + s/h
full credits at IMDbmovie fansite
Memphis Belle 1990 remake  1990 remake [Warner Bros.]
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones; script by Monte Merrick; starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Connick Jr., David Strathairn & John Lithgow
Warner color DVD [5/98] for $9.88
Warner color VHS [5/95] out of prodn/many used
Varese soundtrack CD [10/90] for $16.98
full credits at IMDb

Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress official website
restored Liberty Belle B-17 Flying Fortress of Atlanta, Georgia

"Strategic Air Command" [1955]:
Directed by Anthony Mann; starring James Stewart & June Allyson • full credits at IMDb

"Lafayette Escadrille" [1958]
Co-written & directed by William A. Wellman; starring Tab Hunter, David Janssen, Will Hutchins & Clint Eastwood
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"North By Northwest" [1959]
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant
North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition - DVD & Blu-ray

"The  Great  Waldo  Pepper"
[Universal March 1975]
The Great Waldo Pepper movie poster  Too young to fly in World War I, Waldo barnstorms across America with veterans of combat, then gets a chance to prove his skills in aerial dogfights for the movies. Co-produced, co-written & directed by George Roy Hill; co-written by William Goldman; cinematography by Robert Surtees; music by Henry Mancini; starring Robert Redford, Bo Svenson, Bo Brundin, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Lewis, Edward Herrmann, Philip Bruns & Margot Kidder
Goodtimes Home Video color DVD [7/98] out of prodn/used
Universal color VHS [4/92] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" blue poster from Amazon for $9.99
11"x17" yellow poster (at left) from Amazon for $9.99
script with photographs, by William Goldman & George Roy Hill
Dell mass pb [3/75] out of print/used

"Airplane!" [1980 classic spoof]
by the Zucker Brothers

"The Aviator" [1985] post-WW1 + book
1928: Edgar Anscombe (Christopher Reeve) flies a Stearman biplane on the often-dangerous mail route from Pasco, Washington to Elko, Nevada for a ragtag airmail line.
When he is forced to tail a spoiled, bratty, and rich Tillie Hanson (Rosanna Arquette) on a flight, he is not a happy flyer and they become immediate antagonists.

"The Balgonie Birdman" 9-minute cartoon short [1991] /tt0131919/

"The Tuskegee Airmen" [1995 TV]
full credits from IMDb

"The Tuskegee Airmen" documentary [2002 TV]
full credits from IMDb

"The White Diamond" documentary feature [indep Nov 2004]
White Diamond docu  German director Werner Herzog filmed the eccentric airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington's quest to fly a miniature helium airship over the jungles of Guyana, twelve years after his friend nature filmmaker Dieter Plage fell to his death on a similar expedition.
Fox Lorber widescreen color DVD [10/2005] for $14.99
full credits at IMDb

"The Aviator"
feature film [Miramax 17 Dec 2004]
The Aviator movie  Produced & directed by Martin Scorsese; written by John Logan {'inspired by' the book "Howard Hughes: The Untold Story" by Peter Harry Brown & Pat H. Broeske, as well as "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life" by Charles Higham}; starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the young Howard Hughes; cast includes Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow, and John C. Reilly as Noah Dietrich; with Ian Holm, Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin & Willem Dafoe; nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor [LD], Best Supporting Actor [Alda], Best Sound; won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress [CB], Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes; also won ACE/Eddy, 4 BAFTA Awards, SAG's Best Supporting Actress [CB], and others; nominated for DGA & WGA awards
Warner widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2007] for $9.99
Warner widescreen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $6.99
Warner full-screen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $11.99
Warner color VHS [5/2005] out of prodn/used
Sony soundtrack CD [12/2004] for $14.99
full credits from IMDbwatch official trailer [2/2013 upload; 3:03] online at YouTube
studio's official websiteFK's unofficial fansite movie page
screenplay by John Logan: Miramax 9x6 pb [12/2004] for $10.95

"Flyboys" [2006]: full credits at IMDb
Young Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille; directed by Tony Bill

"Red Tail Reborn" [2007]
Starring pilots and crew of the 332nd Fighter Group and those who tell their story

"Amelia" [Fox Searchlight Oct 2009]
Amelia Earhart [1897-1937] followed her dream of flying, from the first woman to fly across the Atlantic to the first woman to fly around the world.
Her tragic disappearance over the South Pacific in July 1937 cemented the legend that she wanted to become.

more info at the Amelia Earhart Section {above}

"Mission: Dawn Patrol" documentary [2010]
61-minute color film about three vintage German World War I aircraft crossing the United States

"Pearl" [DVD release Nov 2010]
Pearl biopic  The true story of Chickasaw Indian girl Eula Pearl Carter-Scott of Oklahoma who became the youngest licensed pilot in the U.S. in 1928. Directed by King Hollis; written by Thomas Bailey, Donna Carlton & Margaret Reynolds; starring Elijah DeJesus {as Pearl}, Andrew Sensenig, Angela Gair, Cameron Rostami, Paden Brown, Sean Cain, Isabel Archuleta, Tom Huston {as Wiley Post} & Robert S. Ball {as Will Rogers}; DVD includes feature film, commentaries & 3 featurettes
2-disk DVD available at Chickasaw Outpost for $15.00 + s/h
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Red Tails" [Lucasfilm/Fox Jan 2012]
Red Tails 2012 movie about the Tuskegee airmen  The pilots and crew of the all-Negro 332nd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps leave their training base at Tuskegee, Alabama proud to serve their country in the war against Hitler in Europe; but they chafe at their ground-attack assignments against trains and buildings, and their officers demand the chance to fight the Luftwaffe in the air. Directed by Anthony Hemingway; written by John Ridley & Aaron McGruder, based on a book by John B. Holway; starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds & Elijah Kelley
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
Red Tails Oral History book by John B. Holway  "Red Tails: An Oral History of The Tuskegee Airmen" [2012] by John B. Holway
Dover Publns 9¼x6 movie tie-in pb [1/2012] for $13.57
"Red Tails, Black Wings: The Men of America's Black Air Force" [1997]
by John B. Holway

Yucca Tree Press 9x6 pb [3/2000] out of print/used
Yucca Tree Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/97] out of print/used

"Air Racers" in 3-D [Imax April 2012]
Announced 2/2012: Paul Walker will narrate the new Imax 3-D film about the fast-paced National
Championship Air Races, held in Nevada’s Valley of Speed, near Reno.

"Flight" [2012]
Denzel Washington stars as airline pilot Whip Whitaker; also stars John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo; Denzel nominated
for Best Actor Oscar, Oscar nom for Best Original Screenplay • http://www.paramount.com/flight/

"Planes" [Disney release 2013?]
Announced 3/2013: Dane Cook will lend his voice to Dusty, the lead character in a spin-off of its "Cars" film franchise; actor replaces Jon Cryer;
story has cropduster Dusty dreaming of competing as an air racer but crippled by an extreme fear of heights • latest info at IMDb

"Charlie Victor Romeo" docudrama [2013] /tt2489512/
derived entirely from 'black box' transcripts of six real-life major airline emergencies.

"Hidden Figures" [Fox Dec 2016]  6/2017
Hidden Figures movie poster  A team of Afro-American women provide N.A.S.A. with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Theodore Melfi; co-written by Allison Schroeder, based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly; starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell {as John Glenn}, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Ken Strunk, Ariana Neal, Saniyya Sidney, Zani Jones Mbayise, Tre Stokes, Selah Kimbro Jones, Karan Kendrick, Corey Mendell Parker, Alkoya Brunson, Ashton Tyler, Lidya Jewett, Donna Biscoe, Jaiden Kaine, Gregory Alan Williams, Maria Howell, Arnell Powell, Ron Clinton Smith, Bob Bost, Crystal Lee Brown, Tequilla Whitfield, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Cullen Moss, Kurt Krause, John West Jr., Paige Nicollette, Kamryn Johnson, Amanda Dunn, Dane Davenport {as Alan Shepard}, Evan Holtzman {as Deke Slayton}, Travis Smith {as Scott Carpenter}, Devin McGee {as Gus Grissom}, Joe Hardy Jr. {as Gordon Cooper}, Glenn Allen {as Wally Schirra}
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 8/2016 official trailer [3:14] at YouTube
Hidden Figures / Space Race book by Margot Lee Shetterly  "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and The Untold Story of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race" [2016] by Margot Lee Shetterly
Kindle Edition from William Morrow/HarperCollins [9/2016] for $14.99
William Morrow 8x5¼ pb [12/2016] for $10.86
William Morrow 9x6 hardcover [9/2016] for $17.94
Young Readers' Edition [ages 8-12; 2016]
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [11/2016] for $7.99
HarperCollins 7½x5 pb [11/2016] for $6.64
HarperCollins 8¼x5½ hardcover [11/2016] for $16.99

L i n k s
Flight Path Learning Center & Museum at LAX = www.flightpath.US
http://www.MuseumOfFlight.org in Seattle WA
Fantasy of Flight Air Museum [est. 1985, moved 1992] in Polk, Florida
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery
Historic Aviation website

GlobalAir Airport Resource Center [est. 1995] based in Louisville, KY

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