On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their flight from England to New York, but crash land in Connecticut.

1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22, the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype to fly.

1951 – Death of Eugen Bönsch, Austro-Hungarian World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II.

1992 – Mandala Airlines Flight 660, a Vickers Viscount 816, crashes into a mountain on Ambon Island in Indonesia during landing at Pattimura Airport in a heavy thunderstorm, killing all 70.

2012 – The Syrian Air Force attacks rebels for the first time in the Syrian Civil War when Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23s bomb eastern areas of Aleppo.

Updated: July 24, 2014 — 12:08 PM
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