aviation timeline



World Aviation in 1926

6 January
Deutsche Lufthansa airline is formed, but does not begin commercial operations until 6 April.

22 January - 10 February
Commandante Franco makes the first east to west crossing of the South Atlantic, flying a Dornier Wal flying boat in stages.

8 March
Dr Robert H. Goddard statically tests one of his first rockets.

9 May
Lieutenant Commander Richard E. Byrd of the United States Navy (USN) and Floyd Bennett make the first over-flight of the North Pole, in Fokker F.VIIA-3m 'Josephine Ford'.

11-14 May
In the first airship flight over the North Pole, Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian expedition leader, uses the airship 'Norge' to fly from Spitzbergen to Teller in Alaska.

11 June
© National Air & Space MuseumThe first flight of the Ford 4AT Tri-motor.

2 July
The United States Army Air Service (USAAS) changes its name to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).

24 July - 26 September
Two Junkers G24s fly from Berlin to Peking and back.

28 July
The first recovery of a seaplane by a submarine is completed by the United States Navy (USN) during experimental trials.

16 September
The Lioré et Olivier 20 heavy bomber creates a sensation with a new world record distance carrying a 2'000 kilo bomb-load.

Also this year...
A prototype of the Junkers G31 is developed in Germany and a Soviet Scientific Test Aerodrome opens at Khodinki, near Moscow.