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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Roger Poupon, French World War I flying ace.

1925 – The sole Dobi-I, a Lithuanian monoplane built by Jurgis Dobkevicius and the first airplane of Lithuanian design, is damaged in accident beyond repair.

1984 – The Controlled Impact Demonstration (the “Crash in the Desert”) takes place; it is a joint project between NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aimed at acquiring data, as well as demonstrating and testing new technologies, with the intent of improving occupant crash survivability, by crashing a Boeing 720 aircraft.

1986 – Death of Ivan Trofimovich Yeremenko, Soviet Spanish War flying ace and World War II high-ranking officer.

1995 – First flight of the Air Tractor AT-602 (shown), an American agricultural aircraft.

2001 – Capt. Bill Compton brings Trans World Airlines Flight 220, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80, into St. Louis International Airport; the flight brings to an end 76 years of TWA operations following its purchase by American Airlines.

Updated: December 1, 2014 — 11:40 AM
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