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July in Aviation History



On July 3,1919, The first of four Dayton Wright XB-1A fighters made its first flight at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio.


Production of the Dayton-Wright XB-1A at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company.

Photo from corescholar.libraries.wright.edu

• On July 27, 1901, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first of a series of test glides at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Their redesigned biplane glider No. 2 has a larger wing area and wing control worked by a pilot’s hip-cradle device.

• On July 28, 1909, Orville Wright made the first official test flight of the U.S. Army’s first airplane in Fort Meyer, Virginia. President William Howard Taft, his cabinet, and 10,000 spectators witnessed the flight.