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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin, Soviet aircraft designer who later founds the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau.

1936 – The first successful bail-out from a rotary-winged aircraft takes place when William H. “Bill” McAvoy and engineer John Wheatley abandon their Pitcairn YG-2 Autogiro when the rotor fails.

1941 – The first powered flight of the Heinkel He 280, a German fighter prototype; it is the first turbojet-powered fighter in the world.

1954 – Joe DeBona,  with a North American P-51C Mustang (shown), sets a transcontinental speed record for piston-engine planes when he flies from Los Angeles, Calif., nonstop to New York’s Idlewild Airport in four hours, 24 minutes and 17 seconds; he averaged 560 mph.

1973 – Death of Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator.

2008 – A privately registered Cessna 501 Citation, carrying five people, crashes into two homes in Farnborough, England, after taking off from a London airport.

Updated: March 30, 2015 — 1:01 AM

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