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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Jean Marie Dominique Navarre, French World War I flying ace and test pilot.

1901 – Wilbur Wright achieves a flight of 389 feet at Kitty Hawk, N.C., in the Wright 1901 glider.

1929 – The Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127) begins its circumnavigation of the globe at Lakehurst, N.J.

1946 – First flight of the Convair B-36 Peacemaker (shown above), a U.S. strategic bomber and the largest mass-produced piston engine aircraft ever made; it also has the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built (230 feet).

1991 – Death of James Benson Irwin, American test pilot, astronaut and engineer; he served as Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth human lunar landing and was the eighth person to walk on the Moon.

2009 – A Piper Cherokee Lance flying over the Hudson River crashed into a Eurocopter AS350 of Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours, severing the right wing of the airplane and multiple rotor blades from the helicopter near Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, N.J.; all aboard both craft perish.

Updated: August 8, 2013 — 11:45 AM

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