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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Earl McNabb “Handie” Hand, Canadian World War I flying ace and first president of the Toronto Flying Club.

1919 – The first flight from a U.S. Navy battleship takes place when Commander Edward Orrick McDonnell flies a Sopwith Camel off an overhauled gun turret on the USS Texas.

1946 – An Australian National Airways Douglas DC-3 crashes into the sea with both engines operating just minutes after takeoff from Hobart, Australia, killing all 25.

1968 – Death of Ernest Tips, Belgian small aircraft designer.

1977 – During a flight with NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory (a modified Lockheed C-141A Starlifter), the rings of Uranus are discovered by James L. Elliot, Edward W. Dunham, and Douglas J. Mink.

2010 – First flight of the KAI Surion (shown), a Korean twin-engine utility helicopter.

Updated: March 10, 2015 — 1:29 AM

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