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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Maxwell Hutcheon Findlay, Scottish World War I fighter ace and air racer.

1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale at Jutland.

1934 – The first airmail flight from Australia to New Zealand is flown by Charles T. Ulm in his Avro X (shown), a license-built Fokker F. VIIB/3 m registered as VH-UXX.

1943 – A Consolidated B-24D Liberator crashes at Tucson, Ariz.; six Consolidated employees riding as passengers are killed and several others injured. The damaged airframe is later modified into the first C-87 Liberator Express.

1974 – Robert K. Preston, a U.S. Army private first class, steals an Army UH-1 Iroquois helicopter from Fort Meade, Md., flies it to Washington, D. C., and hovers for six minutes over the White House before descending on the south lawn, about 100 yards from the West Wing.

2006 – Aloha Airlines emerges from 14 months of bankruptcy protection, but would file Chapter 11 again over two years later and cease passenger operations afterward.

Updated: February 17, 2014 — 11:52 AM

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