Aviation in 1927
Boeing wins the United States Post Office's San Francisco to
Chicago mail contract and establishes Boeing Air Transport to
do the flying.
Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) is formed.
Charles Eugène Jules Marie Nungesser, the French First World
War fighter ace, goes missing in a Levasseur PL8, during an
attempted east to west crossing of the North Atlantic.
Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo, west to east
transatlantic crossing in a specially-built Ryan NYP (New
York to Paris) Monoplane, 'Spirit of St Louis'.
took Lindberg 33 hours 39 minutes to complete the flight from
Long Island in New York to Paris in France. The distance
covered was 5,778 kilometres (3,590 miles).
The first French aircraft carrier, 'Béarn', is finally
completed after 7 years of construction.
A. Levine becomes the first transatlantic passenger in an
aircraft. The flight, in a Wright-Bellanca WB2 Columbia, from
New York to Eisleben in Germany, is piloted by Clarence D.
Chamberlain and covers a distance of 6,294 kilometres (3,911
The Society for Space Flight is formed in Germany. Amongst
its founders and first members is a young Wernher von Braun,
who would become one of the most important rocket developers
and champions of space exploration between the 1930s and the
Lieutenant A. Hegenberger and Lieutenant L. Maitland, fly
from Oakland in California to Honolulu in Hawaii in a Fokker
United States Marine Corps (USMC) de Havilland DH4s attack
hostile Nicaraguan forces surrounding the Marine Corps
garrison at Ocotal in Nicaragua.
Don Juan de la Cierva becomes the first passenger to fly in
an autogyro when he flies in the Cierva C6D, which had made
its first flight the day before.
South African, Lieutenant R.R. Bentley flies a de Havilland
DH60X Moth from London to Cape Town.
The Cessna Aircraft Company is established by Clyde V.
Captain Dieudonné and Lieutenant Commander Joseph le Brix
make the first non-stop aircraft crossing of the South
Atlantic, in a Bréguet 19 Nungesser-Coli. They fly from
Saint-Louis in Senegal to Port Natal in Brazil.
The first practice jump by paratroops is made by the Italian
army over Cinisello.
The United States Navy's second carrier, USS Saratoga, is
The United States Navy's third carrier, USS Lexington, is