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May 25th, 1927

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Lieutenant James Doolittle was the first pilot to successfully perform an outside loop. Flying a Curtiss P-1B Hawk, he began the manoeuvre in level flight at 10,000 feet, then pushed the nose down into a dive.

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31st May, 1811

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He attempted his first flight, in the presence of the king’s three sons and the crown prince of Bavaria, on May 31st 1811. Berblinger waited so long for a good wind, that a policemen finally gave him a push and Berblinger fell into the Danube.

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May 14th, 1908

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On the 14th May 1908, the trusting Charles Furnas became the first passenger in an aeroplane, piloted by Wilbur Wright.

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18th May, 1953

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On May 18th, 1953 aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to pilot an aircraft supersonically. She broke the sound barrier, travelling 1006.6 kilometres miles per hour, in an F-86 Sabre.

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