On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2013 No Comments by

1794 – Establishment of the first airship company in the French Army who use a balloon named Entreprenant for reconnaissance of the Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus. Two companies of balloon observers are formed, but disband the following year.

1944 – The first U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives at Calcutta, India, after an 11,530-mile trip from Kansas, which includes stops at Presque Isle, Maine; Gander, Newfoundland; Marrakech, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; and Karachi. Its longest leg: a 2,700-mile, non-stop transatlantic flight between Gander and Marrakech.

1957 – First conventional flight of the Short SC.1 (shown above), the first British fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

1984 – Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma is launched aboard Soyuz T-11, becoming the first Indian in space.

1997 – U.S. Air Force pilot Craig D. Button dies when he mysteriously crashes his Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in the Colorado Rockies. Before the incident, Capt. Button inexplicably flew hundreds of miles off-course without radio contact, appeared to maneuver purposefully and did not attempt to eject before the crash. His death is regarded as a suicide; his aircraft carried live bombs, which were never recovered.

1997 – A Boeing 777, powered by twin Rolls-Royce Trent 892 turbofans, returns to Seattle, Wash., to set a new eastbound around-the-world speed record of 553 mph. En route, the twinjet sets a Great Circle distance without landing record of 12,455.34 miles when flying from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Civilian, Featured News, Military

About the author

Online Editor I've been around airplanes since I was a kid. That's when my uncle, a professional pilot, showed me how to fly his Cessna 177 Cardinal. l later became a writer and editor, so covering the exciting and ever-changing aviation industry -- which I've been doing in Flight Journal's Flybys since the late '90s -- was a natural fit.
No Responses to “On This Day in Aviation History”
Copyright ©Air Age Media. All rights reserved.
click me