On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments by

1905 – Birth of Andrea Zotti, Spanish War Italian flying ace.

1927 – Four Supermarine Southampton flying boats of the Royal Air Force Far East Flight, under the command of Group Capt. H.M. Cave-Browne-Cave, leave Plymouth, England, for a 27,000-mile cruise to Egypt, India, Australia, Japan and Singapore.

1951 – The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (shown above), the only Canadian-designed fighter to enter mass production, enters service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Malton, Ontario.

1973 – Death of Jean-Paul Jacques Favre de Thierrens, French World War I flying ace.

1977 – Four days after it was hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181, a Boeing 737, lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board.

2008 – The Russian Air Force temporarily grounds all its Mikoyan MiG-29s after a crash in Siberia. The fighter comes down 37 miles from the Domna airfield during a training flight; the pilot survives.

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