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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Ian Henry David Henderson, Scottish World War I flying ace.

1916 – Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down by Lt. V Tempest of the Royal Flying Corps over Potter’s Bar, near London, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain.

1931 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 49 (shown), a German prototype designed to investigate high-altitude flight and the techniques of cabin pressurization.

1945 – A U.S. Navy Martin PBM Mariner flying boat carrying Rear Adm. William Sample and eight others disappears near Wakayama, Japan.

1996 – Aeroperú Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the ocean off Pasamayo, Peru, because of a maintenance error; all 70 people on board are killed.

1998 – Death of Orvon Grover “Gene” Autry, an American entertainer who served as a cargo pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II; he flew missions over the Himalayas, nicknamed the Hump, between Burma and China.


Updated: October 2, 2014 — 4:29 PM

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