On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot; he became the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace.

1922 – Death of Alan John Lance Scott, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he has been Winston Churchill’s flying instructor.

1941 – The Luftwaffe mounts its first heavy attack on Malta, targeted on the carrier HMS Illustrious.

1942 – TWA Flight 3, a Douglas DC-3, slams into a mountain near Las Vegas, Nev., killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.

1963 – Yvonne Pope (shown) becomes the first U.K. woman airline pilot on international routes, flying from Gatwick to Düsseldorf for Morton Air Service.

2002 – Garuda Indonesia Flight 421, a Boeing 737-300, experiences a dual flameout after entering a thunderstorm, and ditches in the Bengawan Solo River. A flight attendant is the only casualty; 59 passengers and crew survive.


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