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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1823 – Death of André-Jacques Garnerin, French balloonist and inventor of the frameless parachute.

1916 – Birth of Kaneyoshi “Kinsuke” Muto, Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese fighter ace.

1922 – The Hannover H1 Vampyr, claimed to be the model for all modern sailplanes, sets a world record after flying just over an hour.

1965 – First flight of the Kamov Ka-26 (shown), a Soviet light utility helicopter with co-axial rotors.

1989 – A Qantas Boeing 747 flies non-stop from London to Sydney, setting a world record for a four-engine jet, after having flown 10,587.54 miles in 20 hours, 9 minutes, 5 seconds at an average speed of 525.42 mph.

2012 – Suffering engine trouble, an Aviatour Air Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I crashes in the sea off Masbate in the Philippines, killing three of the four people aboard; the lone survivor is injured. Among the dead is Philippine Secretary of the Interior Jesse Robredo.


Updated: August 18, 2015 — 1:23 AM

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