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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace.

1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.).

1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the first flight around Japan; the trip covers 2,727 miles and takes more than 33 hours.

1935 – Lt. Frank Akers of the U.S. Navy becomes the first person to make a “blind” landing at sea; his Berliner-Joyce OJ-2 biplane has a hooded cockpit allowing him to see only his controls and instruments. He lands on the USS Langley.

1988 – Death of Harold Ross Harris, notable American test pilot and U.S. Army Air Forces officer who set 26 flying records.

2011 – Caribbean Airlines Flight 523, a Boeing 737-800, overruns the runway after landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana and breaks in two; several are injured but all 163 passengers and crew survive.

 

Updated: July 30, 2014 — 5:30 PM

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