September 9, 1913

On September 9, 1913, Russian pilot Pyotr Nesterov did something no other pilot had ever done before. He flew his Nieuport IV monoplane into a loop. Why? Because he was Russian and said he could. There may have been vodka involved. When he landed the plane he was immediately arrested for endangering valuable Russian military equipment and jailed for ten days. When the famous French pilot Adolphe Pegoud repeated Nesterov’s stunt, Pyotr’s supervisors immediately reversed the punishment, promoted him to staff captain and awarded him a medal and began bragging how a crazy Cossack had done it first. This is not the first time a man has done a crazy stunt, been punished for it, very soon afterwards have someone else do it, and then be rewarded for it. Married men will know what I’m talking about.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
This entry was posted in 20th Century, Historical Facts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *