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On This Day 12-17: First in Flight

1777 – France recognized American independence.

1903 – The first successful gasoline-powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, NC. Orville and Wilbur Wright made the flight.

1925 – Col. William “Billy” Mitchell was convicted of insubordination at his court-martial.

1939 – The German pocket battleship Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew, bringing the World War II Battle of the Rio de la Plata off Uruguay to an end.

1944 – The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast which ensured that Japanese-Americans were released from detention camps.

1969 – The U.S. Air Force closed its Project “Blue Book” by concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.

1992 – U.S. President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris.
Orville Wright


A Southwest Airlines captain was helping a new blonde flight attendant prepare for her first overnight trip.

Upon their arrival, the captain showed the flight attendant the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up to ask what happened to her.

She answered the phone, crying, and said, “I can’t get out of the room!”

“You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked. “Why not?”

She replied, “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”


I don’t know about the truth of this story but it’s a nice story. You may remember some years ago there was a BA 747 that flew into a cloud of volcanic ash and lost all four engines. The story goes that when the investigators were checking out the “black boxes” they see how the engines quit one by one in rapid succession and all conversation on the flight deck suddenly stops.
After a few seconds they hear the captains voice: “Quiet, isn’t it?”


On a flight to New York the flight attendant said to a lady sitting in first class, “Mame, I’m affraid you’ll have to sit in the back since you have a coach ticket.”
The lady responded, “Listen, I’m a beautiful blonde, I’m going to NY, and I’m sitting in first class.”

The two argued for a while but finally the flight attendant went and got the first officer – who came and said, “Mame, I’m affraid you’ll have to move into the coach section since you have a coach ticket”.
To which she replied, “Listen, sir, I’m a beautiful blonde, I’m going to NY, and I’m sitting in first class.”

After they argued for a while the first officer gave up and went to get the Captain who said, “I’ll handle this. I’m married to a beautiful blonde.” So – the Captain went right up to her, whispered in her ear, after which she got right up and moved into the coach section.

Both the flight attendant and first officer were shocked and asked the Captain – “I don’t get it sir. What did you say to make her move back to coach.”
To which the Captain said, “Oh that was easy, I just told her first class wasn’t going to NY!”


Also on this day, my mom and dad had a son.

January 2020
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