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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace.

1910 – French Maurice Tabuteau performs a closed-circuit record of 289 miles in a Maurice Farman biplane, ending the supremacy of the Wright biplanes.

1949 – First flight of the Martin XB-51 (both prototypes shown), an American “tri-jet” ground attack aircraft.

1956 – Death of Ivan Vasilyevich Smirnov, Russian World War I fighter ace and Dutch airliner pilot.

1975 – To demonstrate the manoeuvrability and short field ability of the Franco-German Alpha Jet, test pilot Jean-Marie Saget lands on and takes off from a stretch of motorway linking Paris and Le Mans.

2006 – Continental Airlines Flight 1883, a Boeing 757 with 154 people on board, mistakenly lands on a taxiway instead of a runway at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. It rolls to a stop without incident.

Updated: October 28, 2014 — 4:43 PM

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