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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Walter Herschel Beech, American pioneer aviator, co-founder with his wife of Beech Aircraft Co.

1911 – Longest over-water flight to date was made by Canadian J. A. D. McCurdy on a Curtiss pusher biplane. He attempted to fly from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba, but crashed after covering 96 miles. The U.S.S. Terry, a destroyer, makes the first airplane rescue at sea, saving McCurdy 10 miles from Havana.

1943 – Royal Air Force de Havilland Mosquitos make the first daylight air-raid on Berlin.

1948 – Orville Wright, generally credited as co-inventor of the airplane, dies at 76.

1988 – A Boeing 747 sets an around-the-world record of 36 hours, 54 min.

2005 – A Lockheed C-130K Hercules of the Royal Air Force is shot down north of Baghdad, killing nine RAF crew and a British soldier. Lack of a fire suppressant system is listed as a contributing cause.

Updated: January 30, 2013 — 10:44 AM

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