Aviation and Space Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2016

FAI will continue to celebrate aviation and space anniversaries in 2016.

FAI will continue to celebrate aviation and space anniversaries in 2016, with various publications and posts in the social media.

Beside the achievements and world records of famous pioneers and personalities such as Steve Fossett, Otto Lilienthal and Alberto Santos-Dumont will also feature extraordinary performances by less known – but nevertheless fascinating – sportsmen and women.

FAI’s oldest competition, the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett long-distance gas balloon race, will turn 110 this year.

Date

Name

Country

Category

Description

Performance

Status

11.02.2006

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FOSSETT

Steve

USA

Powered Aeroplanes

Distance

41’467.53 km

Retired by changes of sporting code

26.02.2011

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STS-133

& ISS 26

crews

Astronautics

Assembled mass of spaceships linked in flight

(Discovery – International Space Station)

515’085 kg

Current

29.03.1936

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BURZYNSKI

Zbigniew

POL

Gas Balloons

Altitude

10’853 km

Superseded

12.05.2011

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WEXLER Judith*

USA

Experimental/

New Tech.

Duration - 1stHuman-powered rotorcraft record

4.2 sec

Superseded

09.05.1926

BYRD Richard

BENNETT Floyd

USA

Powered Aeroplanes

1stattempt to fly over the North Pole

Not a record

17.06.2006

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MARDNA Toomas*

EST

Aeromodelling

Distance

Seaplane model aircraft

111.01 km

Current

12.07.1936

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THADEN

Louise

USA

Female – Powered Aeroplanes

Speed over 100 km

176.35 km/h

Superseded

23.07.2006

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CAZAUX

Charles

FRA

Paragliding

Speed over a triangular course of 25 km

41.15 km/h

Current

28.07.1976

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ELDON Joersz*

USA

Powered Aeroplanes

Speed

3’529.56 km/h

Current

10.08.1896

LILIENTHAL Otto

GER

120thanniversary of the aviation pioneer’s death

Not a record

11.08.1986

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EGGINTON

Trevor

CLEWS Derek

GBR

Rotorcraft

Speed over a straight 15/25 km course

400.87 km/h

Current

29.08.2006

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FOSSETT Steve*

ENEVOLDSON Einar

USA

Gliding

Altitude

15’460 m

Current

07.09.1956

KINCHELOE

Iven

USA

Powered Aeroplanes

1stflight above 100’000 feet

Not a record

22.09.1936

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CLAISSE Maurice

FRA

Rotorcraft

Altitude

158 m

Superseded

30.09.1906

*

Gas Balloons

1stCoupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

Not a record

12.11.1906

SANTOS-DUMONT

Alberto

BRA

Powered Aeroplanes

1stofficially observed flight in Europe greater than 25m

Not a record

13.11.1926

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DE BERNARDI Mario

ITA

Powered Aeroplanes

Seaplane

Speed over 100 km

399.42 km/h

Superseded

17.12.1996

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STS-80 crew*

USA

Astronautics

Duration

Longest shuttle mission (Columbia)

17d 15h 53m 17s

Current

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