On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Alan Bott, British World War I flying ace and journalist.

1935 – United Air Lines decides to equip its fleet with a de-icing system for airplane wings, following successful tests on a Boeing 247.

1952 – First flight of the SIPA S.200 Minijet (shown), a French two-seat light sporting jet.

1969 – Death of William Roy “Sambo” Irwin, Canadian World War I flying ace and World War II flight instructor who served later on the Canadian Transport Commission.

2002 – Lion Air Flight 386, a Boeing 737-200, crashes while attempting to take off from Riau, Indonesia; all 103 aboard survive.

2012 – After the completion of a seven-year restoration project, a retired 57-year-old ex-U.S. Air Force EC-121 Warning Star airborne early warning radar surveillance aircraft, makes a 90-minute flight from Camarillo, Calif., to nearby Chino to go on display at the Yanks Air Museum.

Updated: January 14, 2016 — 12:04 AM
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