Army Aero Unity
1911—The flight made by Cal Rodgers in the Vin Fiz included 23 stops in Texas.
First Female Flight Training School for the U.S. Army
The Stinson family—Katherine, Marjorie, Eddie and Jack started the Stinson school in 1915. The school, which was located in San Antonio, ran until 1917. Katherine was the first female air mail pilot in 1913. Additionally, Katherine set many aviation "firsts"—first night solo flight, first female to fly in Japan and China. Stinson Field (SSF) in San Antonio is named in honor of the Stinson family's contributions to Aviation in Texas.
Wiley Post, the First Pilot to Circle the Globe Solo
July 15-22, 1933—In his Lockheed Vega, the Winnie Mae, Post circumvented the globe. Post was the first pilot to set an altitude record while wearing a pressure suit—on December 7, 1934. Post was born on November 22, 1898, in Grand Saline, Texas.
Oveta Culp Hobby Appointed First Director of WAAC
May 14, 1942—The U.S. Congress establishes the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and names Houston native Hobby as its first director.
First Non-Stop Global Flight
March 2, 1949—The flight is made in a Boeing B-50, the Lucky Lady II, by Captain James Gallagher and crew of the 43rd Bomb Group, Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas. The crew flew 23,452 miles with four in-flight aerial refuelings.