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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Glenn Luther Martin, American aviation pioneer; he would later found the Glenn L. Martin Co. His legacy survives today as part of Lockheed Martin Corp.

1902 – Gustave Whitehead flies his Whitehead Aeroplane No. 22 flying boat on a 7-mile flight over Long Island Sound in New York and lands safely.

1963 – First flight of the Short SC.7 Skyvan, a British 19-seat, twin-turboprop aircraft used mainly for short-haul freight and skydiving.

1974 – Death of Wilhelm “Willy” Thöne, German World War I flying ace.

1991 – An unarmed U.S. Air Force General Dynamics/Grumman EF-111A Raven (shown), crewed by Capt. James A. Denton and Capt. Brent D. Brandon, score a kill against an Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1EQ, which they manage to maneuver into the ground; it is the only F-111 to achieve an aerial victory over another aircraft.

2008 – British Airways Flight 38, a Boeing 777-236ER, crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities; it is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777.

Updated: January 17, 2014 — 10:25 AM

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