Morgan Hannaman 5th Hour

1930's Aviation History

  • From 1930 to 1939 nearly 50,000 people flew on Imperial Airways. They paid up to $20,000 for a flight that is about 12,000 miles long.
  • The longest flight in 1938 was from London to Brisbane, Australia. To fly this it took around 11 days with over 24 stops.
  • The aircrafts saw a huge improvement in the 1930's. They started having all metal skins and enclosed cockpits.
  • American Airlines was created January 25, 1930.
  • On May 31, 1931 the first drone plane was flown by radio control from another plane.
  • The Flying Fortress (Boeing B-17) was designed to require a four engine bomber capable of a long distance travel with a 2,000 lb bombload and it had to reach speeds between 200 and 250 miles per hour.
  • On October 24, 1931 Ruth Nichols flew 1977.6 miles setting the record for female distance.
  • On August 18/19, 1932 the first solo flight going east-west across the North Atlantic was made by Jimmy Mollison in 31 hours and 20 minutes.
  • This image of the inside of the plane was in a magazine to advertise the spacious accommodations in a plane.
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Boeing B-17

The Boeing B-17 is also known as "The Flying Fortress". It is also thought of as Americas more important heavy bombers. It has the capacity to have 11-13 machine guns aboard. Its first flight was on July 28th in 1935. It had four engines.
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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the world.