Today in #Aviation History, May 8, 1929: Lieutenant Apollo Soucek, United States #Navy, set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale ( #FAI ) #WorldRecord for #Altitude when he flew the prototype Wright Aeronautical Division XF3W-1 Apache, Bu.
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No. A7223, to 11,930 meters (39,140 feet) over NAS Anacostia, Washington, D.C. The record was certified by the National Aeronautic Association. Lieutenant Soucek was awarded the Distinguished #Flying Cross for this achievement.