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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Julio Ruiz de Alda Miqueleiz, Spanish aviator and politician.

1912 – First demonstration of a monoplane to the U.S. government is made by Bernetta Adams Miller with a Moisant-Blériot at College Park, Md.

1919 – KLM, flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.

1980 – Death of Carl Frederick Falkenberg, Canadian World War I fighter ace; he served with both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Canadian Air Force during that conflict.

1995 – First flight of the Learjet 45 (shown), a Canadian-American mid-sized business jet.

2008 – Qantas Flight 72, an Airbus A330, makes an emergency landing at Learmonth in Western Australia following an inflight accident featuring a pair of sudden uncommanded pitch-down maneuvers; 115 occupants suffer serious injuries during the incidents.

Updated: October 7, 2014 — 11:11 AM

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