The Boeing Logbook: 1952 - 1956
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1952 Feb. 18: The first North American AJ-2 Savage bomber flies.
March 26: McDonnell's second ramjet helicopter, the Model 79 Big Henry, makes its first flight.
April 11: The Piasecki H/CH-21 Shawnee tandem-rotor helicopter makes its first flight.
April 15: A.M. "Tex" Johnston and Guy Townsend take the B-52 Stratofortress prototype on its first flight from Boeing Field in Seattle to Larson Air Force Base, Moses Lake, Wash.
May 3: An Air Force C-47 becomes the first aircraft to make a successful landing at the North Pole.
May 20: Boeing starts building the Model 367-80, the jetliner and jet tanker prototype that will be known as the Dash 80, in a closed-off area at the Renton, Wash., plant.
Sept. 10: The first supersonic Boeing Bomarc guided missile is test-fired from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Sept. 20: The experimental Douglas X-3 Stiletto makes its first flight.
Oct. 23: The Hughes Model XH-17 "Flying Crane" Heavy Lift Helicopter, the first helicopter program undertaken by Hughes, makes its first flight.
Oct. 28: The Douglas A3D (A-3) Skywarrior, the biggest and heaviest aircraft ever designed for routine use from an aircraft carrier, makes its first flight.
Nov. 2: Marine Corps Maj. William Stratton and Master Sgt. Hans Hoagland, in a Douglas F3D Skyknight, down a North Korean Yak-15, marking the first victory in a jet-versus-jet night action.
Nov. 19: A North American F-86D Sabre Jet fighter sets a new world speed record of 698.505 mph.
1953 Jan. 30: The Boeing B-47E jet bomber makes its first flight at Wichita, Kan. Its 18-unit jet-assisted takeoff system has been replaced with 33 1,000-pound-thrust units.
May 18: The Douglas DC-7 airliner makes its first flight. It is the largest and most efficient of the DC series yet designed. Maximum speed is 400 mph, with a cruising speed of 375 mph.
May 25: North American's YF-100A Super Sabre makes its first flight.
May 29: The first of 159 Boeing KC-97F model Stratotankers is delivered to the Air Force.
July 16: The North American F-86D Sabre beats its own speed record by flying 715.697 mph.
Aug. 20: The first Redstone rocket, powered by an A-6 engine developed by the Rocketdyne group of North American Aviation, is test launched from Cape Canaveral.
Aug. 21: A new world's altitude record of 83,235 feet is set by Marion Carl in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket.
Sept. 1: A Boeing B-47 refuels another B-47. This is the first time a jet aircraft is used as a tanker.
Oct. 3: Navy test pilot Jim Verdin takes off in a Douglas F4D Skyray from the Naval Air Station at El Centro, Calif., and breaks the world's speed record, flying at 752.9 mph.
Oct. 13: North American's Navaho X-10 supersonic research vehicle makes its first flight.
Nov. 4: The Douglas DC-7 begins service with American Airlines, allowing the company to offer coast-to-coast, nonstop service.
December: The first tactical Douglas Nike-Ajax site becomes operational at Fort George Meade, near Washington, D.C.
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1954 June 22: The Douglas A4D (A-4) Skyhawk light attack naval aircraft is first flown.
June 28: The Douglas B-66 Destroyer is first flown. It is the Air Force version of the Navy A3D Skywarrior.
July 15: Pilot Tex Johnston and copilot R.L. "Dix" Loesch take the Boeing Model 367-80 (Dash 80) on its first flight.
Aug. 5: The production model Boeing B-52A bomber makes its first flight.
Sept. 1: Production begins on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.
Sept. 29: The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo jet fighter makes its first flight. An advanced design of the XF-88, the Voodoo goes supersonic on its first flight.
December: The first successful recovery of North American's Navaho X-10 using fully automatic approach and landing is made at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Dec. 17: The 1,000th Wichita-built Boeing B-47 is delivered to the Strategic Air Command.
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1955 Aug. 7: Tex Johnston does two "barrel rolls" with the Boeing Dash 80 over the Seafair hydroplane course on Lake Washington in Seattle.
Oct. 13: Pan American World Airways orders 20 Boeing Model 707 jet transports.
Oct. 16: The Boeing Dash 80 flies nonstop from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and back, breaking all transcontinental records for a commercial transport, at average speeds of 592 mph and 567 mph.
Nov. 7: North American Aviation establishes Rocketdyne, Atomics International, Missile Development and Autonetics as separate divisions.
Dec. 27: The Air Force selects the Douglas Aircraft Co. to be prime contractor for the Thor missile, America's first intermediate range ballistic missile. The Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation is selected to provide the engine.
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1956 April 23: The Douglas C-133 Cargomaster transport aircraft makes its first flight. It goes directly into production without building a prototype.
July 18: The first Boeing KC-135 rolls out from the Renton plant, followed a few minutes later by the last KC-97.
Sept. 10: North American's YF-107A makes its first flight and reaches Mach 1.03.
Sept. 28: William Boeing dies aboard his yacht, the Taconite.
Oct. 2: The Hughes Model 269, predecessor to the TH-55A and Model 300 Series helicopters, makes first flight.
Oct. 24: The last Boeing-produced B-47 is delivered to the Air Force from Wichita. Douglas and Lockheed will continue to produce B-47s for several more months.
Oct. 31: A Douglas-built Navy R4D (C-47) named Que Sera Sera is the first aircraft to land at the South Pole.
Nov. 6: North American's XSM-64 Navaho long-range guided missile makes its first flight.
Nov. 15: A Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) Douglas DC-7C sets a new distance record for commercial airlines by flying 6,005 miles nonstop from Los Angeles to Stockholm, Sweden, following the Great Arctic Circle route.
Nov. 25: Eight Boeing B-52s complete a record nonstop flight of 17,000 miles over the North Pole.
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