August 19th is National Aviation Day, proclaimed initially in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt and coinciding with the birthday of Orville Wright, who was the first to pilot the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane.
So on a historic day, let’s examine a historic feat from 60 years ago this month.
Boeing test pilot Tex Johnson, in 1955 made a barrel roll with the Boeing 367-80 prototype that became the legendary Boeing 707. For those who may be unfamiliar with this piece of aviation history, the following video has historic footage and an interview with the famous test pilot.