1927 in aviation

1927 in aviation

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1927:



*January 7 - Imperial Airways commences a regular service from Basra to Cairo via Baghdad, the first of its Empire "trunk routes"
*January 15 - Boeing Air Transport is formed, to carry airmail between Chicago and San Francisco. This will eventually become United Airlines


*March 14 - Pan American Airways is formed to carry airmail on the Key West-Havana route.


*May 1 - Imperial Airways introduces its luxury "Silver Wing" service between London and Paris.
*May 8-9 - Charles Nungesser and François Coli attempted to cross the Atlantic from Paris to the USA in Levasseur PL-8 "The White Bird" ("L'Oiseau Blanc") biplane, but were lost.
*May 20-21 - Charles Lindbergh flies "The Spirit of St. Louis" across the Atlantic nonstop and solo, direct from New York City to Paris, as a first solo transatlantic flight.
*May 20 - Flt Lt Roderic Carr sets out to set a new distance record, attempting to fly from England to India in a Hawker Horsely. Three days later, he will be rescued from the Persian Gulf.
*May 27 - France's first aircraft carrier, the "Bearn" is commissioned


*June 4-6 - With Charles A. Levine as his passenger, Clarence Duncan Chamberlin‎ made a record nonstop transatlantic flight, in his monoplane Columbia, from Roosevelt Field, Long Island to Eisleben, Germany, a distance of 3,911 miles, in 42 hours and 31 minutes.
*June 5 - the "Verein für Raumschiffahrt" ("Society for spaceship travel") is formed in Germany.
*June 6 - Canadian innovator Wallace Turnbull sells the parent of the variable-pitch propeller to Curtiss-Wright in the United States and Bristol in the United Kingdom. It will be successfully flight tested on June 29.
*June 15 - US businessman Van Lear Black charters a KLM Fokker F.VIIa for a flight from the Netherlands to Batavia, the first international charter flight.
*June 28-29 - a US Army Fokker C-2 makes the first non-stop flight from the continental US to Hawaii.
*June 29 - July 1 - Richard Evelyn Byrd with crew flies Fokker F.VIIa/3m "America" from New York City to France.


*July 17 - USMC de Havilland DH.4s are used to attack bandits in Nicaragua threatening the garrison at Ocotal.


*August 12 - the Royal Air Force holds a fly-off between four competing flying boat designs, the Supermarine Southampton, Blackburn Iris, Short Singapore, and the Saunders-Roe Valkyrie.
*August 26 - Bert Hinkler sets a new non-stop distance record, flying from Croydon, England to Riga, Latvia.


*September 8 - the Cessna company is established.
*September 26 - Schneider Trophy race flown at Venice, Italy. Won by Flight Lt. S.N Webster (UK) in a Supermarine S5 at 453.2 km/h (281.7mph).
*September 28 - Lt Dick Bently of the South African Air Force arrives in South Africa after having made the first solo flight there from England. He left London on September 1.


*October 14-15 - Dieudonne Costes and Joseph le Brix make the first non-stop aerial crossing of the South Atlantic, flying a Breguet 19 from Saint-Louis, Senegal to Port Natal in Brazil, as a part of their round-the-world 57,000 km trip .


*November 16 - US aircraft carrier USS "Saratoga" is commissioned.
*November 17 - Sir Alan Cobham sets out from England in a Short Singapore to make an aerial survey of Africa.


*December 14 - US aircraft carrier USS "Lexington" is commissioned.
*December 29 - Georg Wulf, co-founder of Focke-Wulf, is killed in the crash of the Focke-Wulf Fw 19

First flights

*Hamilton H-47, first US all-metal aircraft
*Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 52


*March 7 - Westland Wapiti
*March 26 - Handley Page Hinaidi


*April 27 - Stinson Detroiter


*May 12 - Armstrong Whitworth Starling
*May 17 - Bristol Bulldog


*July 4 - Lockheed Vega

Entered service


*July 1 - Boeing 40 with Boeing Air Transport

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