First U.S. - Australia flight

Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and Capt. Charles T. P. Ulm, Australians, and two American navigators, Harry W. Lyon and James Warner, crossed the Pacific from Oakland to Brisbane. They went via Hawaii and the Fiji Islands in a tri-motor Fokker (May 31-June 8, 1912).

NASA shattered altitude records in Solar - Powered flight

First solar-powered flight to shatter altitude records. NASA's solar-powered propeller-driven plane Helios reached an altitude of 96,500 ft during a flight over Hawaii, breaking not only the 80,200-foot record for propeller-driven aircraft, but the 85,068 foot mark for all non-rocket aircraft as well (Aug. 13-14, 2001).

Tri-Motor Fokker

Tri-Motor Fokker, Red Barron Style

Helio Prototype

The Helio Prototype aircraft at appoximately 10,000 feet flying above cloud cover northwest of Kauai Hawaii

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Photo Collection
NASA Photo: ED01-09230-4

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Airplane lands in a Volcano

First airplane to land in a volcano Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, October 28, 1928.