On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 02, 2014 No Comments by

1849 – First air raid in history takes place when Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.

1892 – Birth of Albert Desbrisay Carter, Canadian World War I fighter ace.

1958 – First flight of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III (shown), a U.S. aircraft developed by Chance Vought as a successor to the successful F-8 Crusader program and as a competitor to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

1950 – Death of Didier Masson, pioneering French aviator, barnstormer, second flier in history to bomb a surface warship, World War I fighter pilot and early manager of Pan American World Airways.

1959 – Max Conrad takes off in a Piper Comanche 250 for a non-stop flight from Casablanca, Morocco to Los Angeles, a distance of 7,668 miles.

2012 – Allied Air Flight 111, a Boeing 727, in rain and poor visibility, overruns the runway on landing at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana; the freighter strikes a crowded minibus and a bicyclist on a nearby road. All four people on the plane survive, but the bicyclist and all 11 people on the minibus die.

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