- 1921 in aviation
This is a list of
aviation-related events from 1921:
Bessie Colemanattends flying school in Franceand became the first licensed African-Americanfemale pilot.
Mexicana de Aviacionbegins service.
Boeingwins a $1,448,000 contract to build 200 Thomas-Morse MB-3fighters for the US Army, allowing the company to abandon furniture-making.
June 8- the US Army carries out the first experiments in cabin pressurisation, using a de Havilland DH.4.
June 13- the US Army and Navy begin trials in Chesapeake Bayto test the effectiveness of aircraft in attacking ships. The captured German destroyer "G-102", light cruiser "Frankfurt" and battleship "Ostfriesland" will all be successfully sunk by aerial bombing.
Douglas Aircraft Companyfounded.
August 11- Schneider Trophyrace flown at Venice, Italy. In an all-Italian field, Giovanni De Briganti won the race in a Macchi M-7. Speed 189.7 km/h (117.9 mph).
August 24- British Airship R-38 breaks up over Hull, Yorkshireduring trials, killing 44 people.
September 19- the first regular scheduled airline service in Latin Americacommences, with Colombian airline SCADTAoperating float-equipped Junkers F.13s between Barranquillaand Girandot.
* The RAF takes over from the
British Armyin assuming policing duties in Iraq
October 15- the Spanish airline " Compania Española de Trafico Aereo" is established - it will eventually form part of Iberia Airlines.
* The 6th "
Salon d'Aeronautique" is held in Paris. The Breguet 19is unveiled.
November 5- Curtisstest pilot Bert Acostawins the Pulitzer Trophyin a Curtiss CR-2and establishes a new closed-circuit airspeed record of 284.36 km/h (176.7 mph).
December 5- The first regular air services in Australia commence, with West Australian Airways.
April 19- Short Cromartyflying boat
June 16- Blériot-SPAD S.46
June 21- Bristol Ten-seater
16 July- Avro 552
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