SOME IMPORTANT EVENTS IN AVIATION- 1903-1913
 
Date/Loc Event Speed Altitude Distance
Duration
Aircraft
Engine
18Dec1903 
USA
Wright Bros First flight@Kitty Hawk,NC (First Flight of the day) 
 
Fourth Flight of the day

 
 

<10mph


 
 

~10ft

120 ft   
 
 

852ft

12sec  
 
 

59sec

Wright Flyer Wright 4 cyl,water cooled, fuel inj, 12hp, 
200#
1904
- - - - - - -
20Sept1904 
USA
Wright Bros ~30mph - ~3960ft 1min/34sec Wright Flyer II Tuned engine 
=15hp
20Sept1904 
USA
Wright Bros-made first complete circle-Dayton, Ohio - - - - Wright Flyer II
"
1905
- - - - - - -
5Oct1905 
USA
Wright Bros. made 160 flights in 1904/05 in 
Dayton- not official records-best day
38mph - 24.2miles 
(max)
38min+ 
 
Wright FlyerIII
 
Wright 
15hp
1908
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
13 Jan 1908 
France
Henry Farman,1km closed circuit,@ Issy, near Paris 36mph ~32ft 0.6 mile loop - Voisin/Farman biplane 50 hp Antoinette
14Mar1908 
France
Henry Farman-Issy- 
15 min flt-official public record
- - - 15min Voisin/Farman biplane "
04July1908 
USA
Glenn Curtiss took 1km straight line Scientific American trophy,first public show in USA 
Hammondsport,NY
39mph - Curtiss went ~ 1 mile - Curtiss "June Bug" biplane, first with ailerons -
30 Oct1908 
France
Henry Farman-1st cross country ~53mph 98ft 16miles 20min Voisin biplane Antoinette
08 Aug1908 
France
Wilbur Wright demo circles, figure eights - - - 3,6,8min 
(three runs)
Wright Model 
III Flyer
-
20 Aug1908 
USA
Orville Wright makes 1hr flight for US Army - - -  1hr/2min/
15s 
Wright  
Model A 
Biplane
-
"
USA
Orville carried passenger 
for 6+ min for record
- - - 6min24sec Wright Model 

Biplane
-
21Sept1908 
USA
Orville Wright DurationRecord - - - 1h31m25.8s Wright Model A biplane -
13Nov1908 
France
Wilbur Wright-altitude record - 227ft - - Wright Model A biplane -
18 Dec1908 
France
Wilbur Wright-altitude record - 325ft - - Wright Model A biplane -
31 Dec1908 
France
W.Wright- 
duration record
- - - 2h20m23.2s Wright Model A biplane -
1909
Event Speed Altitude Distance Time Plane Engine
27Jul1909 
USA
O.Wright-Army trial 
record for duration w/passenger
- - - 1h/12m/40s 1909  
Improved Wright Flyer
-
30Jul1909 
USA
O.Wright -Army trial-US record for cross country w/pass@>40mph- 
Became world's 1st sucessful military plane
42.58 
mph
- 10miles- 
RT
- 1909  
Improved Wright Flyer
-
25July1909 
Fr-Eng
Louis Blériot crossed the English Channel in a monoplane ~35mph - 22miles 38min 1909 Blériot XI monoplane 3 cylinder 
"Y" Anzani 
-25hp
22-28 Aug1909 
France
Rheims Meet-Hubert Latham-Altitude record - 509ft - - AntoinetteVII monoplane 60hp Antoinette
27Aug1909 
France
Rheims-H.Farman- 
distance record
~36mph - 108miles 3h/4m/56.4s  Henry 
Farman 
biplane
Gnôme rotary 
(50hp?)
28Aug1909 
France
Rheims-G.Curtiss set speed record
47mph
- - 15min/50s Curtiss 
Golden Flyer Pusher biplane
Curtiss "V8" 
50hp
1910
- - - - - - -
12 Jan 1910 
USA
Louis Paulhan(French) set new altitude record@LA Av. Meet - 4164ft - - Henry Farman Biplane Gnôme
28April1910 L. Paulham- cross country in 24 hrs ~45mph - 183mi 4hrs(1 stop) Henry Farman Biplane "
Aug1910 
France
Alfred Leblanc-cross country ~39mph - 471mi 12h/1m/1s Blériot Monoplane Gnôme 
50hp radial
3Aug1910 
England
Georges Chavez
(French)-Altitude
-
5850 ft
- - Blériot Monoplane "
8Sept1910 
France
" -
8487 ft
- - Blériot Monoplane "
3-10Sept 
1910 
USA
Claude Grahame-White (English)- fastest time/distance over water(Sqantum Light, Boston)and fastest run of the day 58mph 
53mph
- 33miles 
5.25miles
34m/11.2s 
6min
Blériot Monoplane "
14Nov1910 
USA
-Eugene Ely took off from the deck of a ship - - - - Curtiss Pusher Biplane -
-1911
-Event
-Speed -Altitude Distance -Duration -Aircraft -Engine
18 Jan1911 
USA
Ely landed on the deck of a ship and went back to land again - - - - Curtiss Pusher Biplane -
26 Jan1911 
USA
Glen Curtiss took off from the water-1st hydroaeroplane - - - - Curtiss Pusher with pontoons -
22May1911 Jules Vedrines-Paris to Madrid-over Pyrenees Mts. ~56mph - 842miles- 
2 stops
14h/55m/18s Morane-Borel  
monoplane
-
28-31May 
1911
Jean Conneau-Paris-Rome - - Paris- 
Rome ?stops
82h/5m Bleriot monoplane Gnôme Rotary- 
50hp
18 June1911 Jean Conneau -Paris/London/Paris - - 992miles- 
many stops
58h/38m Blériot Monoplane 
 
"
20 June1911 
France
Edouard Nieuport (Fr)- 
Speed Record
82.5mph 
 
- - - Nieuport  
monoplane
-
1 July1911 
England 
 
"Charley" Weymann(USA) 
Speed record-@3rd G.Bennett contest
78.77 
mph
- 94miles 

150km

1h/11m/36.2s Nieuport  
monoplane(Fr)
Gnôme rotary- 
100hp
6Sept1911 
France
Roland Garros (Fr)-set Altitude record - 16237ft 
4960m
- - Bleriot  
monoplane
-
11Sept1911 
France
Georges Fourney(Fr)- 
Duration record, non stop
- - - 13h17m57s 
non stop
Maurice Farman  
biplane
-
17Sept1911 
USA 
 
Calbraith Rodgers (USA) 
-went coast to coast
~52mph - 4321mi 70stops- 
84 days
3days10h4m 
elapsed time
Wright  
Model B
-
24 Dec1911 
France
Armand Gobe(Fr) distance record non stop - - 459miles non 
stop
- Nieuport monoplane Gnôme rotary- 
70hp
1912
Event
Speed Altitude Distance Duration Aircraft Engine
22Feb1912 
France
Jules Védrines(Fr)-Speed 100.22 
mph
- - - Deperdussin racer  
(monoplane)
-
10Sept1912 
USA
Jules Védrines(Fr)-Speed@4th G.Bennett contest 105.5 
mph
- - - Deperdussin racer  -Gnôme 160 hp
11Dec1912 
France
Roland Garros(Fr) Altitude - 18406Ft - - Morane-  
Saulnier monoplane
-
1913
- - - - - - -
13May1913 
Russia
Ivonovich Sikorsky-1st -    4 engine plane - - - - Le Grand 
Russian
4-100hp- 
4cyl water cooled 
Argus engines
23Aug1913 
France
Leon Letort-Paris to Berlin-non stop ~71mph - 567miles/ 
non stop 
900km
8hrs Morane-  
Saulnier monoplane
Le Rhône -80hp 
-7cyl 
rotary
9Sept1913 
Russia
Peter Nesteroff- first to loop the loop but got no credit - - - - Nieuport monoplane -
21Sept1913 
Germany
Adolphe Pegoud (Fr)- 
loop the loop
- - - - Reinforced Bleriot mono Gnôme rotary-50hp
23Sept1913 Roland Garros-1st to cross the Mediterranean - - 474miles over water 7hrs/53m Reinforced Bleriot mono "
29 Sept1913 
France
Maurice Prevost-Speed record@ 5th G.Bennett cup 126mph/ 
204km/hr
- 12.4miles/ 
200km
59m/45.6s Deperdussin  
monocoque
Gnôme rotary- 
160hp
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  •  Much of the data for the table above was obtained from reading Contact! by Henry Villard.
  • The Red font aircraft were French, and the Blue colored font are American.

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