On this day in 1942, Lt. Edward O’Hare takes off from the aircraft carrier Lexington in a raid against the Japanese position at Rabaul, and minutes later becomes America’s first flying ace.
On this day in 1915 – During the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, Allan Loughead (aka Lockheed) is allowed to launch an air service and flies 600 passengers across the bay during 50 days. The 10-minute flight costs $10 per passenger.
On this day in 1986, the Soviet Union launched into orbit a space station. Mir, the Russian word for peace, had six docking ports and special laboratories for scientific research.
On this day in 1962, John Glenn orbited the earth three times in the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft.