Today in aviation history – 20th October

On 20th October 1919 a French pilot Bernard Barny de Romanet set a new speed record – 268,7 km/h in Nieuport-Delage 29v. Bernard Barny de Romanet was born on 28th January 1894 in Saint-Maurice-de-Satonnay. In October 1913 he was in French cavalry. In July 1915 was assigned to aerial military, and in January 1916 he finished piloting course. In February 1917 he became fighter pilot. Until the end of World War I he gained 18 aerial victories. Bernard Barny de Romanet died in aerial accident on 23rd September 1921.
On 20th October 1963 No. 55 transport wing in Cracow received a flag. Its first task was to cover the training of No. 6 airborne division. Four years later took over traditions of No. 13 transport wing and in 1985 received name of sublieutenant Stanisław Skarżyński. In 2000 it was terminated.