First complete VTOL transition by a fixed wing aircraft (Convair XFY-1)

Tuesday, November 2, 1954 - NAAS Brown Field, United States of America



The first time a VTOL aircraft (not a helicopter) conducted a complete transition from vertical take-off to horizontal flight with a vertical landing. Conducted by a Convair XFY-1 Pogo. The pilot was James "Skeets" Coleman.

The aircraft first flew (untethered) on 01 Aug 1954

See AHS Calendar August 2014 for more details


Aircraft related to this milestone
Convair XFY-1 Pogo


Related biographies
James Coleman