On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Antoine Laplasse, French pioneer aviator and World War I flying ace.

1930 – First flight of the Blériot Bl-110 nicknamed “Joseph Le Brix,” a French high-wing single-engine monoplane designed for endurance records.

1959 – The newly-formed Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks, flying gold-finished North American Sabres, performs its first demonstration at Torbay, Newfoundland.

1967 – Death of John F. Taylor, British aircraft designer, killed in the crash of the Taylor Titch prototype.

1995 – A Royal Air Force BAe Nimrod, a maritime patrol aircraft (similar shown), is forced to ditch in Moray Firth, a North Sea inlet in Scotland.

2013 – Nepal Airlines Flight 555, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, skids off the runway at Jomsom Airport in Jomsom, Nepal, and falls 65 feet into the Gandaki River. All 21 people on board survive, but seven suffer serious injuries.

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