March 26, 2019

Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight

Today in History–December 17–the Library of Congress features the first flights of the Wright brothers, flown on this day in 1903. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted 12 seconds and 120 feet and Wilbur piloted the fourth and final flight, remaining airborne for 59 seconds and traveling 852 feet. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a plethora of Wright and other early flight resources. Wilbur and Orville Wright's First Flight from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Charles Lindbergh

Today in History–June 11–the Library of Congress features pilot Charles Lindbergh, who received the first Distinguished Flying Cross on this day in 1927. Lindbergh made aeronautical history just a few weeks prior to the honor by flying solo and nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Find out more about this adventurous aviator by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access Lindbergh related primary sources. Lindbergh Received the Distinguished Flying Cross from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Balloons & Airships

Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress celebrates the birth of writer Jules Verne, born on this date in 1828, by featuring air balloons and airships. Around the time Verne's first book--Five Weeks in a Balloon--came out in 1863, the U.S. Army was using hydrogen gas balloons in Civil War reconnaissance missions. See what you can learn about air balloons and airships by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. You might also be interested in this 1907 silent … [Read more...]