Aviation in 1935
Amelia Earhart flies solo in a Lockheed Vega from Hawaii to
California in 18 hours 15 minutes and becomes the first
person to fly this route.
It is announced that Dr Hugo Junkers, one of the pioneers of
all metal construction, has died.
United States Navy dirigible (steerable airship) USS Macon
crashes into sea of California, but fortunately only two crew
members are killed.
It is announced in Germany that the Luftwaffe has been
Germany repudiates the disarmament clauses of the Versailles
Treaty, announcing a huge re-armament programme and
The first successful flight of one of Dr Robert Goddard's
rockets takes place in the United States.
France concludes an alliance with the Soviet Union.
Amelia Earhart makes non-stop flight from Mexico City to
Newark in New Jersey, in 14 hours 19 minutes.
Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union conclude an alliance.
The world's worst air disaster to date occurs when ANT-20
Maxim Gorky collides with another aircraft near Tushino,
causing the death of 56 people..
The first flight of the Breguet-Dorand Gyroplane Laboratoire
helicopter in France.
Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in a take-off crash
near Point Barrow in Alaska.
Konstantin Tsiolkovski, the early Russian rocket pioneer
Italy invades Abyssinia without warning, using aircraft from
the beginning of the invasion.
Captains A.W. Stevens and O.A. Anderson, with the help of the
National Geographic Society, establish a new balloon world
altitude record. Following an ascent from Rapid City in South
Dakota their balloon Explorer II reaches 22,066 metres
Edwin C. Musick, senior captain of Pan American World
Airways, inaugurates its first transpacific airmail service
using Martin M130 flying boats.
choose this famous date, the anniversary of powered flight,
to make the first flight of their new Douglas Sleeper
Transport (DST). Better known as the DC3, Dakota or C47 this
aircraft arguably becomes the most famous transport aircraft
The United States Air Corps (USAAC) drops bombs to divert a
lava flow off Mauna Loa at Hilo in Hawaii - the first
recorded use of aerial bombs for this purpose.