The Year of '09
The years aircraft: Bleriot ix
30 October 1909, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara - flying the Short Biplane No. 2, he flew a circular mile and won a 1,000 pound prize offered by the Daily Mail newspaper. On 4 November 1909, as a joke to prove that pigs could fly, he put a small pig in a waste-paper basket tied to a wing-strut of his aeroplane. This may have been the first live cargo flight by aeroplane.