On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Clyde Edward Pangborn, also known as “Upside-Down Pangborn;” he was an American aviator, stunt pilot and the first person to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean along with Hugh Herndon, Jr.

1931 – Royal Air Force Squadron Leader O.R. Gayford and Flight Lt. D.L.G. Bett land their Fairey Long-range Monoplane after a non-stop flight from England to Abu Sueir in Egypt, having flown a distance of 2,857 miles.

1949 – An Air France Lockheed Constellation crashes into São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal, killing all 48 people on board, including boxer Marcel Cerdan and violinist Ginette Neveu.

1952 – First flight of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior (EA-3B variant shown above), a large American strategic bomber for the U.S. Navy; it becomes known as “The Whale.”

1981 – Death of Walter T. Hinton, American aviator who flew the Curtiss NC flying boat “NC-4” (the first aircraft to make a transatlantic flight).

2006 – Continental Airlines Flight 1883, a Boeing 757-224 with 154 people on board, mistakenly lands on a taxiway instead of a runway at Newark Liberty International Airportin Newark, N.J. It rolls to a stop without incident.

Updated: October 28, 2013 — 11:36 AM
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