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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1802 – Frenchman Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes the first parachute descent in England, jumping from a balloon over London.

1945 – Birth of Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason,  Icelandic-born Canadian engineer, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and NRC-CSA astronaut.

1953 – North Korean pilot No Kum-Sok defects, bringing his Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 with him to Seoul and collecting a $100,000 (U.S.) reward.

1967 – First flight of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne (shown), American single-engine attack helicopter prototype.

1988 – Death of Harold Harington Balfour, British World War I flying ace and politician; he was instrumental in the establishment of London Heathrow Airport.

1994 – The Hongdu JL-8, a two-seat intermediate jet trainer and light attack aircraft designed by China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corp., is introduced into service.

Updated: September 21, 2015 — 10:08 AM

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