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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – The world’s first hydroplane competitions are held in Monaco; Belgian Jules Fisher is the overall winner. He is one of only two non-French pilots of the eight starters and flies a Henry Farman machine.

1931 – TWA Flight 599, a Fokker F.10 Trimotor, crashes near Bazaar, Kan., killing all eight aboard, including University of Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne; the crash would later discredit wood-framed aircraft, and it effectively forced airlines to adopt all-metal aircraft.

1957 – Birth of Patrick Graham Forrester (shown), U.S. Army aviator and NASA astronaut.

1969 – Death of Richard Pearman Minifie, Australian World War I fighter ace who also served as a squadron leader in the Air Training Corps of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.

1975 – A specially modified Royal Canadian Air Force de Havilland CC-115 makes its first flight carrying an inflatable air-cushion landing system beneath the fuselage.

2010 – A Grumman E-2 Hawkeye aircraft of U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 crashes in the Arabian Sea. It was returning to its ship, the USS Eisenhower, after conducting operations in Operation Enduring Freedom when it experienced mechanical malfunctions and the crew performed a controlled bailout; the pilot is killed.

Updated: March 31, 2014 — 2:05 PM

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