On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments by

1894 – Birth of Edwin Charles Musick, chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and pioneer of many of Pan Am’s transoceanic routes, including the famous route across the Pacific Ocean on the China Clipper.

1930 – Frank Hawks with a Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship” named “Texaco 13″ (shown above) sets a transcontinental west-to-east U.S. record in 12 hours, 25 minutes, three seconds from New York to Los Angeles.

1941 – Death of Petr Semenovich Bityutskiy, a Soviet World War II flying ace, while ramming his Polikarpov I-152 biplane fighter into a Messerschmitt Bf 109.

1962 – First flight of the British Aerospace 125 (still in production today as the Hawker 800), a British twin-engined, mid-size corporate jet.

2001 – NASA’s experimental solar-powered, remotely piloted Helios aircraft reaches a record 96,500 feet in altitude for unmanned aerial vehicles in a 17-hour flight.

2010 – AIRES Flight 8250, a Boeing 737-700, crashes on the Colombian island of San Andrés while attempting to land in bad weather; despite breaking into three pieces on impact, only two of its 131 occupants are lost.

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