Field of FirstsOctober 27, 1909: Mrs. Ralph Van Deman, wife of Capt. Van Deman, became the first woman passenger to fly in the United States
October 1909: Lt. Frederic Humphreys was the first military pilot to solo in a military aeroplane. He, Lt. Frank Lahm, and Lt. Benjamin Foulois received their flight instruction at College Park from Wilbur Wright.
1911: First Army Aviation School
1911: First testing of a bomb aiming device from an aeroplane.Inert bombs were dropped into the goldfish ponds at the end of the airfield using a bombsight developed by Riley E. Scott.
1912: First mile-high flight by a military aviator. Lt. Henry "Hap" Arnold made the first army altitude records at College Park.
1918-21: First U.S. Postal Air Mail Service.The regular U.S. Postal Air Mail flights were inaugurated on August 12, 1918.
1924: First controlled helicopter flight. Emile and Henry Berliner based their flight experiments at College Park from 1920 to 1924.
1927-35: First radio navigational aids developed and tested by the Bureau of Standards.