On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Francis Dominic Casey, Irish World War I flying ace.

1921 – Lt. John A. Macready of the U.S. Army Air Corps finds a new use for airplanes when he sprays a patch of ground infested with caterpillars. This practice becomes known as crop dusting.

1945 – First flight of the Kyushu J7W Shinden (shown), a Japanese World War II propeller-driven aircraft prototype built in a canard design.

1961 – A Royal Canadian Air Force Avro Lancaster photographs the largest non-nuclear explosion ever conducted at the time at Suffield Experimental Station in Alberta.

1971 – Death of Georgy Nikolayevich Babakin, Soviet engineer and chief designer at the Lavochkin Design Bureau; he was working in the USSR’s space program at the time of his death.

1989 – Olympic Aviation Flight 545, a Shorts 330, crashes into a cloud-shrouded Mount Kerkis on the Greek isle of Samos, killing all 34.


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