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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – The first airship flight in the Austro-Hungarian Empire takes place when brothers Alexander and Anatol Renner lift off their “Estaric I,” a 32-meter-long, 24-horsepowedr, single-prope airship.

1965 – Death of James Fitzmaurice, Irish aviation pioneer; he was a member of the crew of the Bremen, a Junkers W 33 which made the first successful trans-Atlantic aircraft flight from east to west.

1973 – The Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time, though the record would go on to be broken a few more times until the aircraft’s retirement in 2003.

1978 – First flight of the DHC-3-T Turbo-Otter (shown), a turboprop version of the Canadian single-engined, high-wing STOL aircraft.

1992 – A Nigerian Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules encounters engine problems just after take off, first one engine, then two more before crashing near Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 158.

2002 – An Air Canada Douglas DC-9 makes final flight to place of honor at the Canada Aviation Museum.

Updated: September 26, 2014 — 3:48 PM

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