Aviation in 1926
Deutsche Lufthansa airline is formed, but does not begin
commercial operations until 6 April.
22 January - 10 February
Commandante Franco makes the first east to west crossing of
the South Atlantic, flying a Dornier Wal flying boat in
Dr Robert H. Goddard statically tests one of his first
Commander Richard E. Byrd of the United States Navy (USN) and
Floyd Bennett make the first over-flight of the North Pole,
in Fokker F.VIIA-3m 'Josephine Ford'.
In the first airship flight over the North Pole, Roald
Amundsen, the Norwegian expedition leader, uses the airship 'Norge'
to fly from Spitzbergen to Teller in Alaska.
first flight of the Ford 4AT Tri-motor.
The United States Army Air Service (USAAS) changes its name
to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).
24 July - 26 September
Two Junkers G24s fly from Berlin to Peking and back.
The first recovery of a seaplane by a submarine is completed
by the United States Navy (USN) during experimental trials.
The Lioré et Olivier 20 heavy bomber creates a sensation with
a new world record distance carrying a 2'000 kilo bomb-load.
Also this year...
A prototype of the Junkers G31 is developed in Germany and a
Soviet Scientific Test Aerodrome opens at Khodinki, near