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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Roscoe Turner (shown), American aviator and 3-time winner of the Thompson Trophy, one of the National Air Races of the heyday of airplane racing in the 1930s.

1927 – Death of Georg Wulf, German aviation pioneer, test pilot and aircraft designer; also co-founder of Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG; Wulf is killed in the crash of the Fw 19 Ente during a demonstration of single-engine flight.

1934 – An Airspeed Courier of London, Scottish & Provincial Airways crashes at Tiverton Bottom, Shoreham, Kent; all four aboard perish. An eyewitness states he thought the pilot may have stalled trying to avoid high-tension power lines.

1954 – First flight of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, American supersonic military jet fighter.

1988 – NASA launches STS-26, the return-to-flight mission with Space Shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle flight after the Challenger disaster of 1986.

2012 – Swiss pilot Carlo Schmid, age 22 years, lands his Cessna 310 in Dubendorf, Switzerland, setting a youngest solo round-the-world flight after a 80-day journey that culminates in 110 hours aloft.

Updated: September 29, 2015 — 10:35 AM

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