On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin (shown), Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau.

1917 – German Schutte-Lanz airship SL9 (E2) is destroyed during a storm with the loss of all hands.

1940 – First flight of the Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-1 (production LAGG-3), Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II.

1959 – Death of Byron Quinby Jones, American pioneer aviator, first U.S. Army pilot to stall and loop an aircraft without crashing.

1992 – An Aviaco Douglas DC-9-32 crashes on landing at Granada Airport in Spain. With an 11-knot tailwind, the aircraft lands hard, bouncing back into the air and landing almost 1,200 feet further down the runway. All of the tires burst and the fuselage breaks into two pieces. There are no fatalities among the 99 aboard.

2011 – After a sandstorm prevents strikes the previous day, coalition aircraft begin attacks against Libyan government forces around Ra’s Lanuf and on the road to Uqayla.

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