On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, Australian World War I flying ace.

1929 – First flight of the Dornier Do X, a German flying boat powered by twelve engines mounted in six tower nacelles on the wing.

1944 – The first allied jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor Mk. 1 (shown above), entered service with the Royal Air Force’s 161 Squadron.

1957 – President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower becomes the first president to fly in a helicopter when he is flown from the White House to an unnamed military post in a U.S. Air Force Bell UH-13 J.

1983 – Death of Erich Warsitz, a German World War II test pilot; he is remembered as the first person to fly an aircraft under liquid-fueled rocket power and the first to fly an aircraft under turbojet power.

1994 – A Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules flies the 10,000th United Nations relief flight into Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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