March 24 in aviation: a Douglas DC-8 overtook a Ford Mach 1 for the first time in history; the first pilot school was established.

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On March 24, 1909, the Wright brothers founded a school in the United States to train pilots for exhibition flights. The first student was a childhood friend, Walter Brookins, 21, of Dayton. Because the weather in Dayton was not good enough, Orville Wright moved the school to Montgomery, Alabama. Here, the wind was almost non-existent.


On the same day, but five years earlier, on March 24, 1904, the Wright brothers applied for a German patent for their plane.

Other aviation events on March 24.

A North Star aircraft flew over the geographic North Pole.

On March 24, 1956, a North Star 17520 aircraft flew over the true geographic North Pole, with Governor General Vincent Massey on board.

A Douglas DC-8 surpassed a Ford Mustang Mach 1 for the first time in history.

On March 24, 1960, an airplane managed to overtake a Ford Mustang Mach 1 for the first time in history. Douglas DC-8 Series 40 aircraft, modified, managed to reach 667 mph.

Air Lingus Flight 712 crashed off the coast of Ireland.

On March 24, 1968, Air Lingus Flight 712, a Vickers Viscount 803, crashed off the coast of Ireland. All 61 people on board the plane died in the crash.

Atlantis STS-45 Space Shuttle launch.

On March 24, 1992, the Atlantis STS-45 Space Shuttle was launched at 8:13 am EST. The main mission of the spacecraft was to test the ATLAS-1 scientific platform.

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