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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Roberto Adolfo Chodasiewicz, a Polish-born Argentinian military engineer, demonstrate the operation of balloons with James Allen on the first aerostatic flight in South America.

1916 – Death of Victor S. Chapman, a French-American World War I pilot, dies in his Nieuport 16; he is the first U.S. airman to be killed in action.

1943 – The RAF uses chaff, codenamed “Window,” for the first time to foil German radar during the Operation Gomorrah raids on Hamburg.

1946 – Birth of Ellison Shoji Onizuka, Japanese-American astronaut and U.S. Air Force test pilot; he become the first Asian American to reach space.

1980 – First flight of the Microturbo Microjet 200, a French two-seat, lightweight jet trainer.

1982 – British Airways Flight 9, a Boeing 747-200, flies through a cloud of volcanic ash south of Java; all engines fail in flight, forcing the plane to glide; the crew is able to restart the engines and make a safe landing.


Updated: June 24, 2014 — 1:15 PM

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