On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1902 – Charles Augustus Lindbergh, American pilot, was born. Also known as “Lucky Lindy” and “The Lone Eagle,” he was famous for the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1927 from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, to Paris in the “Spirit of St. Louis.”

1935 – First flight of the Mitsubishi A5M Claude, a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. World’s first monoplane shipboard fighter and direct ancestor of the famous Mitsubishi A6 M Zero.

1959 – A U.S. Air Force Boeing WB-50D Superfortress, assigned to the 59th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Kindley Air Force Base Bermuda, was lost on weather track over the Atlantic Ocean with 12 killed. The crash was observed by a Japanese freighter about two hours after takeoff.

1969 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the remaining prototype of the proposed B-70 nuclear-armed deep-penetration bomber, took its final flight to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for museum display.

1997 – Two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 Yas’ur 2000, 357 and 903, collide in darkness over northern Israel in a storm, killing 73 Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

2011 – First flight of the Northrop Grumman X-47B, an American demonstration Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).

Updated: February 4, 2013 — 11:03 AM
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