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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Fernand Eugene Guyou, French World War I flying ace, airliner pilot and World War II pilot.

1931 – Australian Guy Lambton Menzies crash-lands the Avro Sports Avian “Southern Cross Junior” upside-down in the La Fontaine Swamp near Hari Hari on New Zealand’s west coast after an almost 12-hour flight from Blenheim, New Zealand; the incident completes the first solo trans-Tasman Sea flight.

1942 – First flight of the Supermarine Seafire, a naval version of the famous Supermarine Spitfire fighter adapted for operation from aircraft carriers.

1947 – Death of Helen Richey (shown), American  pioneering female aviator and first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the U.S.

1981 – A Boeing 747 of CAAC lands at JFK International Airport, marking the first time since 1949 that a flight from mainland China to the U.S. is performed.

2012 – A Cameron A-210 hot air balloon collides with a high-voltage power line while attempting to land, causing it to catch fire, disintegrate and crash just north of Carterton, New Zealand; all 11 aboard perish.

Updated: January 7, 2014 — 12:40 PM

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