Lindbergh, being the first pilot to perform a transatlantic solo flight on May 20th 1927, is one of the most well known pilots of all time. He participated the flight to win $25,000, a prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first aviator to fly from New York to Paris non stop. He took a route from Long Island, New York straight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris. ‘
This brave woman earned her title to be the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean a single year after Lindbergh set the record. However it was her last flight of her career that brought her the most fame. Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe but she disappeared in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. All other details of the flight remain a mystery to this day.
The Wright Brothers
Orville and Wilbur Wright accomplished the first flight of a heavier than air powered flying machine named ‘the Wright Flyer’. The flight occurred on December 17th, 1903 in North Carolina. The Wright brothers are known to be the founders of modern aviation.
General James Doolittle had a great career in the army and airforce. He performed the first flight just using instruments in 1928. However his most famous moment was the Doolittle Raid in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. He trained a group of pilots to fly 16 US bombers and bomb important cities in Japan. This raid affected the morale of the Japanese so severely Doolittle received accommodation for it.
Baron Manfred Von Richthoven
The ‘Red Baron’ was an ace German pilot in WW1 who brought terror to the skies of the allied forces. He had the most victories out of all the pilots on either side of the war, shooting down 80 planes. In his final flight he landed his plane safely but was wounded fatally.
Charles Yeager was a fighter pilot and test pilot for the US Military. During WW2 Yeager served in the Army Air Force and shot down 14 German planes. After the war he trained to be a test pilot and was the first pilot to break the sound barrier on the 14th of October, 1947.
Erich Hartmann is known to be the most successful fighter pilot in WW2. He flew 1,404 missions and achieved 352 victories. Also he was never shot down out of his plane. His record set him on the list of top pilots ahead of the Red Baron, who was number one before Hartmann’s career.
Louis Bleriot was an aviation pioneer from France. He conducted different experiments with constructing and flying various types of aircrafts and went on to become the first pilot to fly across the English Channel in his own monoplane.
Florence Barnes was a skilled aviator and also the first woman to fly as a movie stunt pilot. In 1929 she competed in the Women’s Air Derby and set the new woman’s world speed of 196.19 which excelled Amelia Earhart’s previous record. She performed daring stunts in movies which brought her considerable fame.
Chelsey Sullenberger is a modern day aviation hero and is well known due to the Hudson River Crash. On the 15th of July 2009 Sullenberger was flying a passenger aircraft and a flock of Canadian geese struck the airliner and damaged both engines. Sullenburger had to decide in the moment the best way to land the plane safely. He performed an emergency water landing in the Hudson River and all 155 passengers survived.
You Won’t Believe What These Blocks of Wood Become
An incredible artwork from chainsaw sculptor John Brady (check out more of his work here).
See four slabs of beautiful timber transform into something absolutely breath-taking.
10 Genius Equestrian Tips & Tricks
Horsey people are always on the lookout for ways to make life a little easier in the barn and with the overall care of your horses. Here are ten genius ideas that no equestrian can live without.
Everyone knows the uncomfortable feeling of tight new riding or paddock boots, that give you discomfort and even blisters at times. To prevent this from happening when your breaking in your new boots, wear slightly wet socks to soften the leather and mould it to your leg and foot.
Do you hate it when your horse’s whites turn yellow? Ketchup is a good solution to re-whiten a horse’s mane and tail. Apply a liberal amount of ketchup to the mane and tail and leave it to soak for about 10-20mins. Rinse the ketchup and repeat as many times as needed. This might seem a strange solution for whitening, however the red of the ketchup lifts the yellow colour out and brings out the white.
When you need to crush pills and give them to your horse in the form of paste we have an easy way to do this. Try to put all of the pills in the syringe and suction some water in as well and wait for them to dissolve. This is a lot less messy than crushing the pills up, making a paste and trying to scoop it into the syringe.
To avoid forgetting your scrub brush, you can attach them to your buckets. This way you can prevent that annoying feeling of having to go back and get the brush if you forget it.
Do you find tacking up difficult? Add small swivel snaps to your breast plate or breast collar to make tacking up faster and easier. You can also do the same with reins, but it is best to ask your trainer first.
If your horse is the nervous skittish type and gets nervous being alone in the stall or trailer, hang a safety mirror in front of him. A horse like this will usually feel better if they can see another horse. If your horse is food aggressive, hang the mirror away from his hay pile.
If your horse is one to get bored easily, here is a little trick to keep him entertained. Cut a few apples into pieces and put them in the water trough. Let your horse use creativity and innovative to get the apples.
Gardening aprons are the perfect solution for a grooming apron. They have pockets, so you can hold things in there whilst completing tasks like braiding your horse’s mane.
Zip ties do a beautiful job of fixing different things in the barn, they can fix broken tack, help mend fences etc. They come in different sizes and colours and are perfect for tagging individual horse’s gear as well.
You know the annoying clang from cross ties? Well we found a way to get rid of it. Simply tie tennis balls at the ends of the cross ties and this prevents the noise.