On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments by

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 РDeath 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.

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