This Day in History: The U.S. Army Air Service & the first midair refueling

On this day in 1923, two biplanes conduct the first successful midair refueling. Well, sort of. They made the first midair transfer using a hose. Would you believe that another aviator had previously refueled a plane by walking on its wings while it was in flight?! Early aviators were some part genius and some part […]

This Day in History: A battle of heavyweights at the Virginia ratifying convention

On this day in 1788, Virginia ratifies the United States Constitution. At the time, many thought that Virginia had provided the critical 9th vote to put the Constitution into effect. They were wrong. New Hampshire provided that vote on June 21. Virginia’s ratifying convention was a battle of heavyweights. There may have been just a […]