Log In
Flight Journal 20-20 600x120

On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1938 – A Heinkel He-116R, a German four-engined, long-range mail plane, sets a endurance record by covering 6,178 miles unrefueled; the flight took just over 48 hours to complete.

1943 – “Tuskegee Airman” Charles “Buster” Hall downs a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, becoming the first black American to score a victory as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot.

1944 – Death of Shogo Saito, Japanese World War II fighter ace.

1949 –  A Douglas DC-3 of MacRobertson Miller Aviation crashes about a mile north of Perth airport, burning for more than an hour. After takeoff and a short ascent, it spirals almost vertically to the ground, killing all 18 people aboard.

1959 – Birth of Wendy Barrien Lawrence, U.S. Navy captain, helicopter pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut; she becomes the first female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to fly in space.

1967 – First flight of the Sukhoi T-6-1 (shown), a Soviet supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft; this and a second prototype later lead to the development of the Sukhoi Su-24 “Fencer.”

 

Updated: July 2, 2014 — 12:44 PM

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Airage Media © 2017
For all Licensing, Permissions, Awards and Reprint requests please contact our official partner Wright's Media for more information. Please note that Wright's Media is the only authorized company that we’ve partnered with for materials and assets. Wright's Media contact: airage@wrightsmedia.com or (877) 652-5295.
WordPress Video Lightbox