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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lahm opened an Army air school at Fort William McKinley, Philippines, with two volunteer students, Lt. Moss L. Love and Cpl. Vernon L. Burge, who later became the first enlisted pilot.

1918 – The first regular international airmail service begins, with Hansa-Brandenburg C.I biplanes linking Vienna, Lviv, Proskurov, and Kiev.

1956  – Curtis L. Brown Jr., U.S. astronaut on multiple Space Shuttle missions, is born.

1957 – The prototype Boeing 707 jetliner (shown above) lands after a press demonstration flight from Seattle, Wash., to Baltimore, Md., during which it covers 2,350 miles in a record time of 3 hours, 48 min.

1982 – Widerøe Flight 933, a de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, crashes into the Barents Sea near Mehamn, killing all 15 on board; this accident remains highly controversial in Norway.

2005 – China’s first private airline, Okay Airlines, has its maiden revenue flight.

 

Updated: March 11, 2013 — 3:28 AM

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