Steve Fossett took off from Busch Stadium aboard his balloon "Solo Spirit" and set a world distance record when he landed in India. He might have made it around the world but Libya denied him permission to cross their country. more

Jan 12, 2017 2:19 PM Missouri History


This day in Aviation dot com

Missourian James H. Howard got separated from his fighter group and, all alone, attacked a German flight of thirty planes. He shot down six. He had earlier recorded six kills while serving with the "Flying Tigers" in Asia. more

Jan 11, 2017 12:23 PM Missouri History


From Way Up Hight dot Com

Tony Jannus made a historic trip on this date. He became the first person to deliver beer by airplane. He flew the bubbly cargo from St. Louis to the Mayor of New Orleans. more

Dec 15, 2016 11:55 AM Missouri History



Black aviator, Wendell Pruitt, was honored in his home town of St. Louis on this day. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for shooting down three German planes, destroying 70 on the ground and helping to sink a German destroyer. more

Dec 12, 2016 10:52 AM Missouri History


Flickriver dot com

Built at a cost of $250 million, Kansas City International Airport opens, featuring an innovative "Drive to Your Gate" design. more

Nov 21, 2016 9:50 AM Missouri History



Captain Hawthorne Gray beat the record altitude mark in his balloon, albeit at the cost of his life. The record was held by an airplane pilot at 38,704 feet, but Gray marked 40,000 feet in his log. more

Nov 4, 2016 3:07 PM Missouri History



TWA established the first coast-to-coast all-air passenger service on this date. The planes flew from New York to Kansas City for an overnight stop and then on to Los Angeles. Total trip time was 36 hours. more

Oct 24, 2016 9:43 PM Missouri History

Today in Missouri history, Lizzie Wise drew a crowd as she ascended in her balloon from the Grand Avenue Baseball Park in St. Louis. A stiff wind grabbed the balloon and she was whisked away. more

Oct 12, 2016 10:20 PM Missouri History

Charles Lindbergh

Courtesy of the Lindbergh Foundation

Today in 1926, with engine failure in his mail plane, Charles Lindbergh glided in for a safe landing in a farm field. Two weeks earlier his plane ran out of gas near Chicago and he was forced to bail out. more

Sep 29, 2016 9:35 PM Missouri History

After fighting for his freedom, Albert Berry made history by jumping out of an airplane. more

Jul 8, 2015 3:53 PM Life


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