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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Jules Vedrines wins the Gordon Bennett Trophy by flying a world-record speed of 108 mph in his Monocoque Deperdussin monoplane (shown with crew) at Chicago, Ill.

1929 – First flight of the de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth, a British three-seater high-wing monoplane.

1973 – Death of Sergei Konstantinovich Tumansky, Soviet aircraft engine designer.

1977 – Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo, and Ed Yost depart Marshfield, Mass., in the balloon “Double Eagle” in an attempt to make the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a balloon.

1983 – Birth of Deanna Marie “Dee” Brasseur,  Canadian military officer and one of the first female McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet pilots in the world.

2009 – Aeroméxico Flight 576, a Boeing 737-800 with 104 passengers aboard, is hijacked while flying from Cancún to Mexico City; after landing at Mexico City International Airport, Mexican officials storm the plane and take five men into custody. No injuries are reported.

Updated: September 9, 2015 — 10:51 AM

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