On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Émile Dewoitine, French aviation industrialist.

1917 – Death of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace, from wounds received in action.

1965 – First flight of the Ling-Temco-Vought LTV A-7 Corsair II (E model shown), an American carrier-based light attack aircraft.

1973 – Texas International Airlines Flight 655, a Convair 600, crashes into Black Fork Mountain, Ark., while flying in bad weather. All 11 aboard perish.

1987 – Romanian pilot Marian Smighelski, a student pilot in his third year at the Flight Academy at Boboc, defects to Turkey with his Albatross L-39ZA, an attack variant of a popular Communist Bloc jet trainer.

2008 – Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes the first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel, in just over nine minutes, reaching a speed of 186 mph during the crossing.

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