On September 7th, 1956, US Air Force Capt Iven Kincheloe set a new altitude record of 126,000 feet in the Bell X-2 rocket powered aircraft. He would later be awarded the Mackay Trophy for 1956 for the most meritorious Air Force flight of the year by the National Aeronautics Association. The X-2, built and tested by Bell aircraft in the Wheatfield plant (only blocks from the Niagara Aerospace Museum), would soon become the first aircraft in the world to reach Mach 3.
Come see the museum’s historical display on the Bell X-1 and X-2 and learn more about these record breaking aircraft!
After receiving flight instruction from Glenn Hammond Curtiss, Miss Blanche Stuart Scott became the first woman in the United States to fly an airplane when she made a solo flight in a Curtiss biplane at Lake Keuka Field, Hammondsport, New York.
See more at This Day in Aviation
Interesting article about the Bell X-1D and Air Force project officer, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Kendall (“Pete”) Everest, from This Day in Aviation website.
July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
An adventure made possible by several Western New York companies who designed and developed systems that made the flight possible. Learn about their legacy at the museum!
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