Aviation in 1920
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) announces it
is prepared to accept new official world records.
Commandant Vuillemin of the Aéronautique Militaire, makes
first aircraft flight across the Sahara Desert.
The first post-war world speed record is set by Frenchman
Sadi Lecointe in a Nieuport-Delage 29 with a speed of 275kph
The Venezuelan Military Air Service formed.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) is created following
the Army Re-organisation Act.
Aeromarine West Indies Airways becomes first foreign
organisation to be granted a contract by the United States
Post Office for the carriage of airmail.
Captain Corliss C.
Moseley of the United States Army Air Service (USAAS), wins
the first Pulitzer Trophy Race, flying a Verville-Packard
600. The race took place at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New
The Blériot-Spad 33 airliner makes its first flight.
Also this year...
de Aviadores Militares is formed in Ecuador and the
Australian Flying Corps becomes Australian Air Corps.
The first practical
retractable undercarriage appears on Dayton-Wright RB Racer.
The Aero Technical
Association of Dresden organises the first glider (sailplane)
meeting at Rhön in Germany.