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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Will Hubbard, British World War I flying ace who also served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II.

1959 – Frenchman André Turcat, flying the Nord 1500 Griffon II (a French ramjet-powered aircraft), breaks the world speed record over 62 miles at an average of 1,021 mph.

1963 – First flight of the Transall C-160 (shown), a military twin-engine transport developed by a consortium of French and German aircraft manufacturers.

1970 – TWA becomes the first airline to fly a “jumbo jet” within the U.S. when it inaugurates Boeing 747 service between Los Angeles and New York.

1971 – Death of Thea Rasche, Germany’s first woman aerobatics pilot.

2009 – Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, a Boeing 737, crashes at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, as the autothrottle decreases engine power to idle during approach due to a faulty radio altimeter; 9 of 135 perish.

Updated: February 25, 2015 — 12:13 PM

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