Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On this day in history...

Louis Bleriot put up a prize in 1930 for the first aircraft that could exceed 2,000km/h in level flight for thirty minutes. It was thirty-one years before Convair and the USAF claimed that prize. (By comparison, the Ansari X-Prize stood unclaimed less than nine years.)

(h/t to Billy Beck via the Bookface)