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1931 In Aviation

Years in aviation: 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s
Years: 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934

This is a list of aviation-related events from 1931:

Contents

  • Events 1
    • January 1.1
    • February 1.2
    • March 1.3
    • April 1.4
    • May 1.5
    • June 1.6
    • July 1.7
    • August 1.8
    • September 1.9
    • October 1.10
    • November 1.11
    • December 1.12
  • First flights 2
    • February 2.1
    • March 2.2
    • April 2.3
    • May 2.4
    • June 2.5
    • July 2.6
    • August 2.7
    • September 2.8
    • October 2.9
    • November 2.10
    • December 2.11
  • Entered service 3
    • May 3.1
    • October 3.2
    • November 3.3
    • December 3.4
  • References 4

Events

January

February

  • Flying from Oran in French Algeria, the French aviators Antoine Paillard and Louis Mailloux fly a 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) circuit for over 50 hours in the Bernard 80 GR in an attempt to set a new unrefueled nonstop closed-circuit world distance record. They cover 8,168 kilometers (5,076 miles) before higher-than-expected fuel consumption forces them to land only 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) short of the record.
  • February 1 – Polish pilot Stanisław Skarżyński begins a 25,050-kilometer (1,556-mile) tour around Africa in a PZL Ł.2. He will complete it on May 5.
  • February 14 – The United States Congress authorizes a new award, the Air Mail Medal of Honor, which the President of the United States is to award to pilots who perform distinguished service in connection with U.S. Air Mail service.[9] It will first be awarded in December 1933.[10]
  • February 26 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys.
  • February 6-March 1 – Flying the Blériot 110 over a closed circuit in French Algeria, the French aviator Maurice Rossi sets an unrefueled distance record of 8,822 kilometers (5,478 miles). The plane remains in the air for over 75 hours 23 minutes.[11][12]

March

April

  • April 10 – C. W. A. Scott breaks the record for the fastest solo flight from England to Australia, making the flight between April 1 and April 10 in a time of 9 days 4 hours 11 minutes.
  • April 14 – Honduras founds its National Aviation School. It is the forerunner of the Honduran Air Force.

May

June

  • June 5 - C. W. A. Scott breaks the record for the fastest solo flight from Australia to England, flying the 10,660 miles (17,160 km) from Wyndham, Australia to Lympne, England from May 26 to June 5, in 10 days 23 hours piloting a DH.60 Moth (Gipsy II).
  • June 11 - The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42 four-engine biplane enters service with British airline Imperial Airways, setting new standards of passenger service and comfort.
  • June 23-July 1 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty fly around the world in a Lockheed Vega, the Winnie Mae, covering 15,474 miles (24,918 km) in 8 days 15 hours 51 minutes – a new record.

July

August

September

October

November

December

  • December 5 – Lowell Bayles, winner of the 1931 Thompson Trophy, dies when the Gee Bee Model Z racer he is piloting crashes during a speed run at Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan.
  • December 29 – As the French aviators Louis Mailloux and Jean Marmoz take off in the Bernard 81 GR Antoine Paillard to attempt to set a new unrefueled non-stop closed-circuit flight distance record, the airplane's propeller hits the ground and its undercarriage collapses. The two men escape the accident wit only a few bruises, and the aircraft eventually is repaired.

First flights

February

  • Farman F.280
  • PZL.12 flying boat prototype - designed and built by leading Polish aircraft designer Zygmunt Puławski, the PZL.12 stalls and crashes in Warsaw during its sixth flight a month later on 21 March just after take-off due to a strong wind, killing Zygmunt
  • ca. late February – Potez 40

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Entered service

May

October

November

December

References

  1. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Bert Hinkler
  2. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 0-517-56588-9, p. 382.
  3. ^ Francillon, René J., Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979, ISBN 0-87021-313-X, p. 22.
  4. ^ Peattie, Mark R., Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power 1909-1941, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2001, ISBN 1-55750-432-6, p. 16.
  5. ^ Polmar, Norman, "Ships That Were Lighter Than Air," Naval History, June 2011, p. 19.
  6. ^ Aviation Hawaii: 1930-1939 Chronology of Aviation in Hawaii
  7. ^ a b TWA History Timeline
  8. ^ Swanborough, Gordon, and Peter M. Bowers, United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911, Second Edition, London: Putnam, 1976, ISBN 0-370-10054-9, p. 2.
  9. ^ Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Medal, Air Mail Medal of Honor
  10. ^ Johnson, Frederick L., "Modest Mal," Aviation History, March 2012, p. 19.
  11. ^ Historic Wings: Flight Stories, "New York to Syria Non-Stop," 5 August 2012.
  12. ^ aviastar.org Bleriot 110, 1930
  13. ^ "Set Flight Record Without Refueling; Lees And Brossy, 84:33 Hours In Air, Recapture World Mark From France," New York Times, May 29, 1931.
  14. ^ , July 16, 1986.The New York TimesBlakeslee, Sandra "Plane Ends a Record Nonstop Flight,"
  15. ^ Cape Cod's' Success Climaxes 5 Years [of] Bellanca Records"'". The Sunday Morning Star, Wilmington, DE. 2 August 1931. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Aviation Safety Network: Accident Description
  17. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7607-0592-6, p. 77.
  18. ^ Layman, R.D., Before the Aircraft Carrier: The Development of Aviation Vessels 1849-1922, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1989, ISBN 0-87021-210-9, p. 124.
  19. ^ Price, Alfred (1977). Spitfire: a Documentary History. London: Macdonald and Jane’s. p. 12.  
  20. ^ Bauman, Richard, "Link to the Future," Aviation History, May 2014, p. 50.
  21. ^ Scheina, Robert L., Latin America: A Naval History 1810-1987, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87021-295-8, p. 195.
  22. ^ Heikell, Edward and Robert, One Chance for Glory, Amazon book,ISBN 1468006088, May 2012, P.61
  23. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 0-517-56588-9, p. 145.
  24. ^ a b Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 50.
  25. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 0-517-56588-9, p. 146.
  26. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 48.
  27. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, p. 60.
  28. ^ Donald, David, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0592-5, p. 287.
  29. ^ a b Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 0-517-56588-9, p. 144.
  30. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, ISBN 0-517-56588-9, p. 262.
  31. ^ Angelucci, Enzo, The American Fighter: The Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 to the Present, New York: Orion Books, 1987, pp. 218, 219.
  32. ^ Polmar, Norman, "Historic Aircraft: Biplane Fighters in Action," Naval History, June 2011, p. 16.
  33. ^ Polar, Norman, "'There's a Ford in Your Future'," Naval History, December 2015, p. 15.
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