On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Olive Ann Beech (nee Mellor), U.S. aviation pioneer and businesswoman; she later founded the Beech Aircraft Co. with husband Walter Herschel Beech.

1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogiro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2 (shown above).

1942 – First and only Royal Canadian Air Force air combat in the North American theatre; takes place when an RCAF Curtiss Kittyhawk destroys a Japanese Nakajima A6M2-N over Kiska, Alaska.

1975 – A flight of four Lockheed F-104G Starfighters of the Italian Air Force crashes in formation into a field near the village of Ralingen near the border with Luxembourg, shortly after take-off from Bitburg Air Base; all four pilots perish.

1997 – Death of Masaaki Shimakawa, Japanese Navy World War II fighter ace.

2010 – Delta Connection Flight 4951, a Canadair CRJ900, on a flight from Atlanta, Ga., to White Plains, N.Y., makes a successful emergency landing at JFK International Airport in New York City. The plane’s right landing gear would not deploy and the right wing dragged along the runway during the landing.

Updated: September 25, 2013 — 12:03 PM
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