On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1924 – Birth of Walter P. Jones, American U.S. Air Force pilot and test pilot for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ High-Speed Flight Research Station (predecessor of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.)

1948 – Two separate accidents kill 13 U.S. airmen; nine are killed aboard an Army Douglas C-117A Skytrooper near Newton, N.J., after a mid-air collision with an Army North American B-25J Mitchell. The bomber suffers damage to a wingtip but lands safely. In a separate accident, two Douglas C-47 Skytrains (type shown) engaged in the Berlin Airlift collide in mid-air northeast of Frankfurt, Germany, killing two crew on each aircraft.

1959 – Pan American World Airways inaugurates the first jetliner service between the continental United States and Hawaii, using Boeing 707s.

1971 – First flight of the Lockspeiser LDA-01 (Land Development Aircraft), a British seven-tenths scale research and development aircraft; it was designed and built to prove a concept for a low-cost utility transport.

1977 – Death of François Marie Noel Battesti, French World War I flying ace

2009 – American Airlines retires its last Airbus A300 (type shown) from scheduled service.


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