December 23 – Flight Firsts

Posted on December 23, 2013

I'm busy wrapping presents and baking cookies, but not everyone throws themselves into Christmas preparations at this time of the year—not even everyone who celebrates Christmas necessarily spends December getting ready! Today is the anniversary of some important “firsts” that have nothing to do with the holidays!

I like the fact that the "8" of
Apollo 8 makes a fairly decent
picture of the flight of the spacecraft!
On this date in 1968, three American astronauts became the first humans to orbit the moon. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders orbited the moon as a part of their Apollo 8 mission—a necessary step before astronauts eventually landed on the moon with Apollo 11.

I wasn't sure whether or not to call
this aircraft an "airplane."
Unusual looking, isn't it?

On this date in 1986, an aircraft called Voyager became the first to fly around the world without stopping and even without refueling. Jeanna Yeager and Dick Rutan had started off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on December 14 and ended 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds later. This flight more than doubled the flight distance record that had been set in 1962.

Okay, back to the gift wrapping station or maybe the kitchen. I'm so not into setting records or doing world's-firsts right now. But maybe you are—or will be, someday!

Also on this date:

 Anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's shocking mistake 

Anniversary of a man crossing the ocean with no food 

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