1939 in aviation

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Years in aviation: 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s
Years: 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942

This is a list of aviation-related events from 1939:

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  • August 2 – Under the command of Major Caleb V. Haynes, the United States Army Air Corps Boeing XB-15 sets a world record for speed over a closed circuit of 5,000 kilometers (3,105 miles) with a 2.000-kilogram (4,409-pound) payload, averaging 267.67 km/hr (166.32 mph).[36] During the same flight, it sets a U.S. national distance record for flight over a closed circuit of 3,129.241 miles (5,039.035 km).[37]

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October[edit]

  • October 6 – The Polish campaign ends as Germany and the Soviet Union gain effective control over all of Poland. During the campaign, the Luftwaffe has lost 285 aircraft – 79 fighters, 78 bombers, 31 dive bombers, and 97 other aircraft – destroyed; 279 aircraft damaged; and 413 aircrew killed and 126 wounded.[41] Poland has lost 333 aircraft.
  • October 8 – The Royal Air Force scores its first aerial victory of World War II when a Lockheed Hudson shoots down a German Dornier Do 18 over Jutland.
  • October 16 – The Luftwaffe attacks its first British targets, Royal Navy warships in the Firth of Forth.

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Retirements[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Photo: Boeing XB-15
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  12. ^ Thomas, Hugh, The Spanish Civil War, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986, ISBN 978-0-671-75876-9, p. 892.
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  14. ^ Maurer, p. 8.
  15. ^ Murray, Williamson, Strategy for Defeat: The Luftwaffe 1933-1945, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Air University Press, 1983, no ISBN number, p. 16.
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  23. ^ Jackson, Robert, Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D Series, New York: Osprey Publishing, Inc., 2015, ISBN 978 1 4728 0488 4, unpaginated.
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  34. ^ Guttman, Robert, "Heinkel's Jet Test-Bed," Aviation History, March 2012, p. 15.
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  42. ^ Price, Alfred, Luftwaffe: Birth, Life, and Death of an Air Force, New York: Ballantine Books, Inc., 1969, p. 26.
  43. ^ Hinchcliffe, Peter, The Other Battle: Luftwaffe Night Aces Versus Bomber Command, Edison, New Jersey: Castle Books, 2001, ISBN 978-0-7858-1418-4, p. 26.
  44. ^ Morison, Samuel Eliot, History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, Volume I: The Battle of the Atlantic September 1939-May 1943, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1988, p. 14.
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