On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace.

1926 – U.S Army Capt. Charles Lindbergh jumps from his disabled De Havilland DH4 during a night airmail flight, making this his fourth time he uses a parachute to save his life.

1945 – The Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying boat “Honolulu Clipper” loses power in both starboard engines after five hours of flying, successfully ditching 650 miles east of Oahu shortly before midnight. All 26 aboard will be rescued.

1952 – First flight of the Saab 32 Lansen (shown), a Swedish two-seat attack aircraft.

1988 – Death of Ira H. Abbott, American aerospace engineer who supervised the North American X-15, supersonic transport, nuclear rocket and advanced reentry programs.

2009 – UM-239, a Xian MA60 operated by Air Zimbabwe, hits five warthogs on take-off from Harare International Airport. The take-off is rejected but the undercarriage collapses causing substantial damage to the aircraft.

Updated: November 3, 2014 — 5:06 PM
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