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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – The first regular aerial cargo service begins in the U.S. when Harry M. Jones takes off with a Wright B to fly baked beans from Boston to New York.

1919 – Death of Hans Christian Friedrich Donhauser, German World WarI flying ace, in a crash near Coblenz, Germany.

1940 – First flight of the SFAN 11, a French high-wing STOL artillery-liaison prototype.

1949 – Birth of Rakesh Sharma, Indian Air Force test pilot and cosmonaut; he was the first Indian to travel in space.

1982 – Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 (similar shown), crashes into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River. Seventy-eight, including four motorists, are killed.

2013 – French Dassault Mirage 2000D fighter-bombers hit Islamist targets in northern Mali, including attacks around Léré and Douentza and a strike on an Islamist rear headquarters in Gao, where they inflict dozens of casualties. French military transport aircraft bring several planeloads of French troops into Bamako.

Updated: January 12, 2016 — 11:05 PM

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