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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1937 – First flight of the Dornier Do 24 (K variant shown), a  German three-engine flying boat.

1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean on a flight from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, and are never seen again.

1941 – Death of Wilhelm Balthasar, German World War II ace; he is killed in action when his Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 suffers failure of a wing and he crashes into Ferme Goset, Wittes, France, near Saint-Omer. The airframe is recovered in March 2004.

1943 – Birth of Norman Earl Thagard, U.S. Marine Corps combat pilot, American scientist and NASA astronaut; he becomes the first American to ride to space on board a Russian vehicle, thus making him the first American cosmonaut.

1950 – Royal Navy Supermarine Seafires of 800 Naval Air Squadron and Fairey Fireflys of 827 Naval Air Squadron from HMS Triumph fly the first non-U.S. sortie over Korea.

2001 – Vladivostok Air Flight 352, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes while attempting to land in Irkutsk, Russia, killing all 145 people aboard.

Updated: July 3, 2014 — 11:36 AM

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