On this day in Alabama history: First nighttime flight made near Montgomery

On this day in Alabama history: First nighttime flight made near Montgomery
The biplane pictured here was used by Orville Wright to train students at his civilian flying school, which opened near Montgomery in March 1910. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Air University Historical Research Agency)

May 25, 1910

The first ever nighttime airplane flight was made at Orville Wright’s flying school near Montgomery. Walter Brookins and Archibald Hoxsey piloted the plane. A writer with the local newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, described the historic flight as “glinting now and then in the moonlight.” The flying school was one of the world’s earliest, teaching principles of flying, balancing, turns, landings and take-offs. The school closed shortly after the historic event, but the site eventually became home to Maxwell Air Force Base, named in honor of 2nd Lt. William C. Maxwell of Atmore.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Archives of History.

For more on Alabama’s Bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.

 

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