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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1863 – Birth of Léon Levavasseur, French power plant engineer, aircraft designer and inventor; his innovations include the V8 engine, direct fuel injection and evaporative engine cooling.

1959 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy (shown), a British post-war military transport-cargo aircraft and the last aircraft produced by Armstrong Whitworth.

1987 – Death of Christian Frank Schilt, one of the first U.S. Marine Corps aviators to serve in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

1980 – A Mooney 231 lands in San Francisco, after flying coast to coast non-stop, setting a record by completing the flight in just over 8 hours.

1989 – British Midland Flight 092, a Boeing 737-400 registered G-OBME, crashes onto the embankment of the M1 motorway just short of the runway of East Midlands Airport in England; 47 of 118 passengers aboard die.

2012 – Slovenian pilot Matevž Lenarcic launched an around-the-world flight attempt from Slovenia in a turbocharged Pipistrel Sinus SW914 ultralight aircraft.

Updated: January 8, 2014 — 10:50 AM

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