1923 in aviation

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1923:

Events

January

* Air Union is created by the merger of "Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes" (CMA) with "Grands Express Aériens" (CGEA).

February

* The first take-off and landing on the new Japanese aircraft carrier "Hōshō" is made by a British pilot in a Mitsubishi 1MF.
* The RAF conducts operations in Southern Iraq against uprisings led by Sheik Mahmud Barzenci.
* February 1 - the Danish Army Flying Corps is established

March

* Dobrolyot is formed, as the first Soviet civil aviation service. It will later become part of Aeroflot.
* March 17 - the US government authorises Army aircraft to drop calcium arsenate on Louisiana's cotton fields in order to kill weevils.

April

* April 10 - Daimler Airways begins the first scheduled service between London and Berlin (via Bremen and Hamburg).
* April 16 - 17 - Lt John Arthur Macready and Lt Oakley Kelley establish a new endurance record, staying aloft for 36 hours 5 minutes in a Fokker T-2, covering a distance of 2,518 miles (4,052 km).

May

* May 2-3 - Kelly MacReady complete the first non-stop flight from New York to Los Angeles, in 27 hours in a Fokker T-2.
* May 3 - the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corporation is formed by Igor Sikorsky at a Long Island chicken farm.
* May 23 - Belgian airline SABENA is formed, adding new European routes to SNETA's routes in Belgian Congo that it takes over.

June

* June 14 - New Zealand forms its first military aviation services, fore-runners of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

July

* July 19 - Czechoslovakian airline CSA commences operations.

August

* August 21 - first electric Airway Beacons start appearing at US airfields, to assist in night flying operations.
* August 28 - Lt John Richter and Lowell Smith establish a new endurance record of 37 hours 15 minutes in an Airco DH.4, covering 3,293 miles (5,299 km). They are refueled fifteen times during the flight.

eptember

* September 5 - US Army bombers carry out anti-shipping exercises, sinking the obsolete battleships USS "Virginia" and USS "New Jersey".
* September 28 - Schneider Trophy race flown at Cowes, UK. Won by David Rittenhouse (USA) in a Curtiss CR.3 at 285.5 km/h (177.4 mph).

October

* October 6 - Curtiss R2Cs win first and second place in the Pulitzer Trophy Race, the winning aircraft setting a new airspeed record of 243.6 mph (392 km/h).
* October 15 – First British motor glider competition is flown, at Lympne, Kent.

December

*December 21 The French dirigible Dixmude exploded over the Mediterranean Sea en route from Cuers-Pierrefeu to Algeria after being struck by lightning. All 52 crew members on board perished.

First flights

January

* January 9 - Cierva C.4
* January 19 - Armstrong Whitworth Wolf

March

* Aero A.18
* Hawker Woodcock

May

* Gloster Grebe
* 9 May - Blériot 115

June

* June 2Boeing XPW-9
* June 28 - Armstrong Whitworth Awana

July

* July 30 - de Havilland DH.50

August

* August 22 - Barling XNBL
* August 23 - Polikarpov I-1

eptember

* September 3 - USS "Shenandoah"
*September 3 - Curtiss R2C

October

* October 2 - de Havilland Humming Bird
* October 23 - Handley Page Hyderabad

Entered service


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