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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Karl Pech, German World War I flying ace.

1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 variant shown), Italian military trainer and that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft.

1961 – U.S. Air Force Major Robert M. White takes the Bell X-15 to a height of 101,610 feet.

1970 – Death of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, a Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, designed many of the well-known MiG military aircraft.

1982 – Aeronor Flight 304, a Fairchild F-27, crashes near La Florida Airport, in the Chilean city of La Serena; all 46 perish after the Fairchild suffers a malfunction in one of its engines on approach.

2002 – United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Updated: December 9, 2014 — 11:44 AM

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