1920 Chronology of Aviation History
1920 Aviation Records
February 4 — Pierre van Ryneveld and Quentin Brand set out in a Vickers Vimy from Cairo to cross Africa by air from North to South. They will arrive in Cape Town on March 20.
February 5 — The Royal Air Force College is established at Cranwell, Lincolnshire.
March 29 — Croydon replaces Hounslow as London's airport.
April 13 — First flight of the Nieuport London.
April 17 — The Venezuelan Air Force is formed, with a flying school at Maracay.
May 17 — KLM and Aircraft Transport and Travel begin a joint air service between London and Amsterdam.
May 26 — First flight of the Tarrant Tabor.
June 4 — The US Army Reorganization Act is passed, dashing hopes for an independent air arm like Britain's Royal Air Force.
July 1 — Belgium establishes the first internal air-service of any European colony with the Lara-Ligne Aérienne Roi Albert in Belgian Congo.
July 3 — The first Royal Air Force Pageant is held, at London.
July 29 — U.S. Postal Office's first transcontinental airmail flight takes off from New York.
September — First flight of the Blackburn T.1 Swift.
September 8 — The final leg is added to the US trans-continental airmail service, across the Rocky Mountains from Omaha to Sacramento.
September 20 — Schneider Trophy race flown at Venice, Italy. Lt. Luigi Bolgna in a Savoia S.12 is the only starter. Speed 172.6 km/h (107.3 mph).
November 1 — The US Post Office awards a contract for international air mail to Aeromarine West Indies Airways.
November 16 — Qantas is formed at Longreach, Queensland.
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