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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.

World War One German Aviator Otto Schmidt

B-17 Flying Fortress - "I'll Get By".

Flying Tigers scramble to their P-40s during an air raid in China

Due to the non combat nature of their work, Air Transport Auxilliary used women pilots to deliver aeroplanes to the various units

Blenheim Pilot - photo taken in Singapore in 1941.

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.

A Japanese army air force pilot with his Mitsubishi Ki-21 bomber aircraft, 1942.