SoaceShipOne in flight.
Image: Scaled Composites.

On this date in 2004, SpaceShipOne flew the first of two qualification flights in the X-Prize competition. The second flight took place on October 4 of that year, clinching the X-Prize award and title for Bert Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites. The marketing website for Scaled Composites, which includes some of their flight history, is available here.