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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Death of Édouard de Nié Port, French aircraft designer and pilot, co-founder with brother Charles of the eponymous Nieuport aircraft manufacturing company, Société Anonyme Des Établissements Nieuport, in a crash at Charmy, France.

1913 – Birth of Johannes “Macki” Steinhoff, German World War II fighter ace; he later became a senior West German air force officer and military commander of NATO who played a significant role in rebuilding the post-war Luftwaffe. Steinhoff also was one of a few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly through 1939-45 and one of the first to fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter in combat.

1940 – First flight of the Miles M.20 (second prototype shown), a British World War II aircraft designed as a simple and quick-to-build “emergency fighter” alternative to the RAF’s Supermarine Spitfires and Hurricanes.

1960 – Tasman Empire Airways retires its last flying boat from service.

1974 – Air Vietnam Flight 706, a Boeing 727, is hijacked and later crashes while attempting to land, killing all 75 aboard. It is speculated the hijacker caused the crash by setting off hand grenades after the crew refused to give in to his demands.

1997 – The first of the World Air Games organized by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and the 10th FAI World Rally Flying Championship, begins in Selçuk, Turkey.


Updated: September 15, 2014 — 2:39 PM

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