On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Antonio Chiri, Italian World War I fighter ace.

1930 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew ditch their Dornier Wal D-1422 flying boat on the Hudson River, completing the first east-to-west crossing of the Atlantic from Germany to New York.

1944 – First flight of the Martin AM Mauler (shown), a U.S. Navy shipboard attack aircraft.

1977 – Death of Jean Pierre Marie Joseph de Gaillard de la Valden, French World War I flying ace.

2007 – An overloaded Antonov An-32, owned by Agefreco Air and operated by Great Lakes Business Co., crashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 13 of 15.

2008 – A Sun Air 737-200, carrying 109 passengers and crew, is hijacked after takeoff of a flight from Sudan to Cairo; the captors want it flown to France. The plane ends up landing in Libya, where the passengers would be released the next day and the hijackers would surrender two days later.


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