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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Fritz John Jacobsen, German World War I flying ace.

1929 – Dwight S. “Barney” Zimmerley, in a Barling NB-3 bomber, sets a long-distance record, flying from Brownsville, Texas to Winnipeg, in 16 hours.

1962 – First conventional flight of the Lockheed XV-4 Hummingbird (originally designated VZ-10), a U.S. Army project to produce a V/STOL (vertical/short take off-landing) jet prototype.

1963 – Death of Frank Purdy Lahm, the first military aviator in the U.S.; he was a general officer in both the U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Forces.

1967 – Ann Dearing Holtgren Pellegreno lands her Lockheed Electra 10A (shown) back in Oakland, Calif., having completed the 28,000-mile commemorative flight of Amelia Earhart’s last flight.

2008 – A Kalita Air Boeing 747 crashes into a ranch house near Madrid, Colombia, while attempting to return to the airport after reporting a fire in one of the engines; the cargo jet kills two people on the ground.


Updated: July 7, 2014 — 7:03 PM

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