21 Jan 2019

Aviation and Space: Anniversaries for 2019

Circumnavigating the globe, crossing continents, setting foot on the moon… There are many significant aviation and space achievements to celebrate in 2019, with the help of records held by the FAI.

From the earliest days of human flight to the most recent extreme air sports records, all the anniversaries being marked by the Federation in 2019 have one thing in common: they represent the innovation, skill and courage of air sports amateurs and professionals throughout modern history.

Having ratified over 18,000 air sports records since its foundation in 1905, the FAI is the world governing body for air sports activities and the global authority on the many thousands of space and aviation achievements that have changed the course of history.

The stories of these heroes of aviation and air sports will be shared by the FAI throughout the year via our articles and social media messages, with links offering public access to the most valuable, interesting and exclusive documents and pictures from the FAI archives.

The list of records and achievements in aviation and space flight that the FAI plans to mark during 2019 includes:

  • 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon expedition
  • The first airplane flight across the English Channel in 1909 by France’s Louis Bleriot
  • Piccard and Jones' first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight in 1999
  • First woman to set an aviation record: Maryse Bastié in 1929

2019's notable anniversaries

Date

Name

Country

Category

Description

Record(s)

26.02-02.03.1949

GALLAGHER James

USA

Powered airplane

1st nonstop round-the-world flight

Not a record

01-21.03.1999*

PICCARD Bertrand, JONES Brian

SUI/
GBR

Balloons

1st nonstop round-the-world balloon flight

7 records,
incl. 5961

14-15.06.1919

ALCOCK John, BROWN Arthur Whitten

GBR

Powered airplane

1st nonstop transatlantic flight

Not a record

25.07.1909*

BLERIOT Louis

France

Powered airplane

1st airplane flight across the English Channel

Not a record

16-24.07.1969*

ARMSTRONG Neil, ALDRIN Edwin, COLLINS Michael

USA

Space

Apollo 11 - 1st man on the moon

5 records,

incl. 2324

23.07.1999

COLLINS Eileen

USA

Space

1st woman to command a Space Shuttle Mission

Not a record

28.07.1929*

BASTIE Maryse

France

Powered airplane

1st woman to set a world record

Superseded

August 1899

WRIGHT Wilbur and Orville

USA

Aircraft

1st flight of the Wright Aircraft

Not a record

08-29.08.1929*

ECKENER Hugo (Dr)

GER

Airship

1st round-the-world airship flight

Not a record

02.09.2018*

GARDNER Timothy, PAYNE James

USA

Gliding

Highest gliding flight

Pending ratification

26.09.2009

Jump for the Cause

AUS

Parachuting

Largest skydiving formation (Female)

Current record

 

Image Credit: NASA