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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Julius Fichter, German World War I flying ace.

1930 – Roy W. Ammel takes off in the Lockeed Explorer “Blue Flash” for the first non-stop flight from New York to Panama.

1946 – First flight of the Lockheed R6V Constitution (shown), an American large, propeller-driven, double-decker transport aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy and Pan American Airways.

1979 – Death of Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden, American aviation pioneer, record-holder and first woman to win the Bendix Trophy.

1980 – Dan-Air registers the last commercial flight by a de Havilland Comet. The plane takes enthusiasts on a round-trip flight from London.

1999 – TAESA Flight 725, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes near Uruapan, Mexico, killing all 18 on board.

Updated: November 9, 2015 — 12:13 AM

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