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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Robert Kronfeld, AFC, Austrian-born gliding champion and sailplane designer; he became a British subject and an RAF test pilot.

1918 – Death of Giovanni Nicelli, Italian World War I flying ace, killed in action.

1926 – First flight of the Wright XF3W (shown), an American racing biplane for the U.S. Navy.

1968 – A Grumman Gulfstream II becomes the first executive jet to make a non-stop Atlantic crossing after completing a 3,500-mile flight from Teterboro, N.J., to London Gatwick.

1983 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 855, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, loses power from all engines 30 minutes after takeoff from Miami (Fla.) International Airport; the pilot is able to return to Miami after restarting one engine; no casualties are reported on board.

2006 – During the Children’s Day flight exhibition at Suwon Air Base, South Korea, Capt. Kim Do-hyun of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s Black Eagles display team is killed when he loses control of his Cessna A-37B Dragonfly.

Updated: May 5, 2014 — 10:08 AM

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