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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altitude record of 4,764 feet.

1927 – First flight of the Morane-Saulnier MoS-121, a French single-seat monoplane fighter prototype.

1934 – The Wright Bellanca WB-2 “Maple Leaf,” formerly the record-setting “Columbia,” is destroyed in a hangar fire at the Bellanca factory in Newcastle, Del.

1951 – Death of Ambroise Goupy, French engineer and aircraft designer.

1990 – Birth of Carlo Schmid (shown), Swiss pilot and the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in 2012.

1990 – Avianca Flight 52, a Boeing 707, runs out of fuel and crashes while attempting to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Of the 158 people on board, 85 survive.

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Updated: January 24, 2016 — 10:15 PM

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