On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Francis Thomas Evans, Sr., one of the earliest U.S. Marine Corps aviators, the first person to perform a loop in seaplane and a pioneer of stall and spin recovery techniques.

1936 – The British Air Ministry awarded a contract to Hawker for 600 Hurricane Mk. 1 fighters, the first of a new breed of high-speed, eight-gun interceptors for the Royal Air Force.

1942 – In an effort to decoy U. S. forces away from planned Japanese landings on Midway Atoll and to cover planned Japanese landings on Attu and Kiska, aircraft from the carriers Junyo and Ryūjō strike Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. Although only 12 planes, all from Ryūjō, manage to reach Dutch Harbor, they inflict considerable damage.

1973 – First crash of a supersonic transport aircraft occurs as a Tupolev Tu-144 breaks up during a demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show, killing Soviet test pilot Vladimir Nikolayevich Benderov.

1974 – Death of George Buchanan Foster, Canadian World War I flying ace and member of the Legislative Council of Quebec.

2012 – Dana Air Flight 992, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashes in Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 153 people aboard and ten people on the ground. It is the second-deadliest plane crash in the African country and the deadliest-ever involving an MD-83.

Updated: June 3, 2013 — 11:32 AM
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