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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of John Carbery Preston, British World War I flying ace.

1930 – San Francisco’s first air ferry service begins and cuts travel time across the San Francisco Bay to 6 minutes. The ferry flies from San Francisco to Alameda, as well as from Oakland to Vallejo.

1945 – First flight of the Kawasaki Ki-100 (shown), one of the last Japanese fighters of World War II.

1971 – Death of Amet-khan Sultan, World War II Soviet fighter ace and test pilot, while making a test flight on a Tupolev Tu-16 test-bed.

1964 – The Boeing 727 enters service with launch customer Eastern Air Lines.

1991 – USAir Flight 1493, a Boeing 737, strikes SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569, a Fairchild Metro commuter plane waiting to take off from the same runway on which the Boeing 737 was landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Of the 101 people on both aircraft, 34 people, including all 12 aboard the Metro and 22 of the Boeing 737 passengers, are killed.

Updated: January 31, 2016 — 10:22 PM

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