On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – Birth of Hans Grade, German aviation pioneer.

1920 – KLM and Aircraft Transport & Travel begin joint air service between London and Amsterdam.

1923 – Death of Thomas Scott Baldwin, U. S. Army major and pioneer balloonist. He was the first American to descend from a balloon by parachute.

1928 – First flight of the Vickers Vellore, British large biplane prototype designed as a freight and mail carrier.

1943 – Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” (shown) makes her 25th bombing mission. The aircraft and entire crew later return to the U.S. to sell war bonds. Today, the aircraft is undergoing extensive restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.

2010 – Pamir Airways Flight 112, a Antonov An-24, crashes in Afghanistan’s Salang Pass, killing all 43 on board.


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