Historical Firsts: June 2014

Historical Firsts: June 2014

May 20, 2014

STS-7 Mission Specialist Sally Ride poses on aft flight deck with her back to the on-orbit station. She became the first U.S. woman to visit space in 1983. Credit: NASA

June 4, 1784Madame Elizabeth Thible, a French opera singer, becomes the first woman to complete an untethered balloon flight in order to entertain Gustav III of Sweden in Lyon.

June 6, 1925 – A car dealer covers himself in stamps worth $718 in a bid to be sent airmail from San Francisco to New York; the U. S. Post Office refuses to accept him.

After launching more than 30 years previously, Pioneer 10, the first man-made object to leave the Solar System, sent its last signal to Earth in January 2003.

June 10, 1989 — Capt. Jacquelyn S. Parker graduates from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and becomes the first female U.S. Air Force test pilot. (below)

June 13, 1983  Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the Solar System. It  was the first spacecraft to travel through the Asteroid belt, and the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter.(right)

June 16, 1984 — Frontier Airlines pilot Emily Warner and co-pilot Barbara Cook  make history by directing the first all-female commercial airline crew on a flight from Denver to Lexington, Kentucky

Jacquelyn Parker was one of the first female fighter pilots assigned to an F-16 Viper squadron. She was also the first female U.S. Air Force test pilot. Photo: David F. Brown

June 16, 1909Glenn Curtiss sells the first U.S. airplane commercially, the Golden Flyer,  for $5,000 to the Aeronautic Society of New York.  

June 17, 1928  – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air when she accompanied Wilmer Lower Stultz and Louis Edward Gordon as a passenger aboard their Fokker F.VIIb/3m, Friendship. The orange and gold float-equipped three-engine monoplane departed from Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland and arrived at Burry Port, Wales, 20 hours, 40 minutes later.

June 18, 1983 —Space shuttle Challenger STS-7 launches, carrying with it Sally Ride as the first U.S. woman in space. (top/above)