World Aviation in 1906
The Zeppelin LZ2 is destroyed in a gale the day after its first
The Vuia I, built by Rumanian born aviator Trajan Vuia, is the
first aircraft with pneumatic tyres and is first tested at
Montesson in France. However, the aircraft was virtually
flightless. Five 'flights' were made of which the longest was 24
C.J. Miller becomes the first American woman passenger in a
dirigible (steerable airship).
Alberto Santos-Dumont's 14-bis biplane makes a first hop of 7
metres (23 feet).
first international balloon race starts from Les Tuileries in Paris
and is won by Lieutenant Frank P. Lahm of the United States Army.
Lahm flies his balloon 'United
States' a distance of 637 kilometres (402 miles) to Fylingdales
Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
Alberto Santos-Dumont wins the 3,000 franc Archdeacon Prize, flying
his 14-bis biplane for nearly 60 metres (197 feet).
Alberto Santos-Dumont makes the first officially recognised,
sustained flight by a powered aeroplane in Europe. His aeroplane
travelled a distance of 220 metres (722 feet) at a height of 6
metres. This is the first internationally ratified world distance