August 29th, 1909 – The World’s 1st air race held in Reims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins – 107 years ago today.

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t’s National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright’s birthday) … Celebrate with a trip to the Niagara Aerospace Museum this weekend. Gigantic aviation and space book sale. Get out of the heat, come fly one of our simulators or sit in the theather and watch rare and historic videos on WNY contributions to aviation.

via Niagara Aerospace Museum’s Facebook Page.

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9 August 1939 – This Day in Aviation

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On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to land and walk on the moon. A great American hero. Visit the Niagara Aerospace Museum and learn how Western New York helped lead the way to the moon. Many rare and unique space artifacts on display.

via Niagara Aerospace Museum’s Facebook Page.

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July 19, 1943 the Curtiss Ascender made its first flight. An unusual design for the era with a pusher engine, swept wing, and a canard.

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12 July 1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first United States president to fly in a helicopter when a U.S. Air Force H-13J-BF Sioux, serial number 57-2729 (c/n 1576), flown by Major Joseph E. Barrett, USAF, departed the White House lawn enroute Camp David. Also on board was a U.S. Secret Service special agent. A second H-13J, 57-2728 (c/n 1575), followed, carrying President Eisenhower’s personal physician and a second Secret Service agent.

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Bell P-39 in the Buffalo NY auditorium.

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