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1783 – Montgolfier Brothers construct the first lighter-than-air vehicle (a balloon)
1900 – Count Ferdinand Zeppelin’s airship flies
1902 – Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. is born on Feb. 4
1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright fly first successful self-propelled airplane
1906 – Anne Morrow born June 20
1909 – Louis Bleriot crosses English Channel in a monoplane
1909 – Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first licensed female pilot
1913 – Salim Ilkucan crosses Sea of Marmara by achieving the longest over-sea flight in a doubleplane
1918 – United States Post Office establishes airmail service
1920 – Lindbergh enrolls in the University of Wisconsin as an engineering student
1922 – Bessie Coleman becomes the first licensed African-American aviator in the world
1922 – Lindbergh leaves college in February to become flying student at Nebraska Standard Aircraft Corporation; makes first flight, Apr. 9
1923 – Lindbergh buys first plane, a war-surplus Curtiss Jenny; goes barnstorming
1924 – Lindbergh enlists as a U.S. Army Flying cadet
1924 – First flight around the world
1926 – Lindbergh makes his first Chicago-to-St. Louis airmail flight
1926 – Air Commerce Act marks first federal attempt to set safety regulations for civil aeronautics and requires the registration and licensing of pilots and planes
1927 – Charles Lindbergh makes first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight
1928 – Anne Spencer Morrow graduates from Smith College
1929 – Charles Lindbergh and Anne Spencer Morrow marry
1930 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States
1931 – Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh survey potential commercial air routes from the U.S. to the Orient via Canada, Alaska and Russia
1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean
1933 – Boeing 247 is built
1933 – Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh survey North and South Atlantic air routes
1934 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh is awarded Hubbard Gold Medal for accomplishments in 40,000 miles of exploratory flying
1937 – Zeppelin Hindenburg burns
1942 – Tuskegee Airmen all-Black 99th Fighter Squadron forms
1946 – Radar bounces off the moon for the first time
1947 – The sound barrier is broken by Chuck Yeager
1950s – Technologies such as long-range missiles, computer systems, electronic controls, combustion chemistry, and new composite structures made possible by the aerospace industry
1953 – Jacquelin Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier
1954 – Lindbergh is appointed to rank of brigadier general; awarded Pulitzer Prize for The Spirit of St. Louis
1955 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book, Gift from the Sea, is published
1958 – The first American satellite to be placed in orbit around the Earth, “Explorer 1”, is launched
1959 – NASA selects its first seven astronauts
1961 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space
1966-72 – Charles Lindbergh serves on World Wildlife Fund Board of Trustees
1969 – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first persons to walk on the moon
1971 – NASA’s Mariner 9 orbits Mars, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet
1971 – The first time a golf ball is hit on the moon
1971 – Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London
1972 – NASA announces the shuttle program
1974 – Charles Lindbergh dies in Maui, Hawaii, on August 26, buried at Kipahulu
1976 – Concorde flies
1977 – The Charles A. Lindbergh Fund is created
1978 – NASA selects its first group of women astronauts
1981 – First Space Shuttle flight
1983 – Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, becomes the first U.S. woman to go up in space on the Space Shuttle Challenger
1986 – Challenger Space Shuttle explodes shortly after takeoff, all seven crew members die
1994 – The Charles A. Lindbergh Fund becomes The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
1996 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh is inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame
2001 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh dies in Vermont, on February 7
2002 – The Charles A. and. Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation celebrates its 25th Anniversary; 75th Anniversary Celebrations of the “Spirit of St. Louis” flight are planned around the country
2003 – Aviation celebrates its first century
2004 – Oct. 4, Burt Ruan and the SpaceShipOne team capture the $10 million X Prize for the first private manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 feet twice within a 14 day period.?? The prize was modeled after the Orteig Prize.
2010 – July 7-8, Bertrand Piccard and his Solar Impulse team make aviation history by flying more than 24 consecutive hours non-stop in a solar airplane.??