July 30, 1909: Orville Wright flies with passenger Lt. Benjamin Foulois at an average 42.58 miles per hour (68.53 km/h) mph over a measured round-trip course, successfully completing flight tests in the Wright Military Flyer for the U. S. Army at Fort Myer, Virginia. The Army buys the airplane for $30,000.
Fighter pilot Richard Ira Bong and his wife, Marge Sieland, pose on an airstrip next to Bong's P-38 Lightning (also named Marge) in Minnesota during a publicity tour. Taken by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 12, 1944. Tragically Bong died in 1945 when the fuel pump of the plane he was flying malfunctioned.