THIS DAY IN AVIATION

5 September 1977

Sep 5, 2016

The Voyager 1 interplanetary space probe was launched from Launch Complex 41, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 12:56:00 UTC, 5 September 1977. (NASA) by The post 5 September 1977 appeared first on This Day in Aviation. Source: This Day In Aviation

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5 September 1960

Sep 5, 2016

LCOL Thomas H. Miller, USMC with the record-setting McDonnell F4H-1F Phantom II. (McDonnell) 5 September 1960: Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Miller, United States Marine Corps, set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Speed Over a 500 Kilometer Closed Course Without Payload with a McDonnell F4H-1F Phantom II, Bu.No. 145311. The fighter averaged 1,216.78 miles…

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5 September 1944

Sep 5, 2016

LT William H. Allen in the cockpit of his P-51D Mustang, Pretty Patty II, along with his ground crew, TSGT F.S. Westbrook, SGT W.G. Holmes and CPL F.W. Bandy. (F. Birtciel) 5 September 1944: Lieutenant William H. Allen, U.S. Army Air Corps, was a fighter pilot assigned to the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, based at…

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4 September 1949

Sep 4, 2016

The prototype Bristol Type 167, G-AGPW, takes off from Filton Aerodrome, 11:30 a.m., 4 September 1949. Hundred of Bristol employees are lining the runway. (Alfred Thompson) 4 September 1949: At 11:30 a.m., Sunday morning, the prototype Bristol Brabazon Mk.I, G-AGPW, made its first flight at Filton Aerodrome. Chief Test Pilot Arthur J. “Bill” Pegg was…

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4–5 September 1936

Sep 4, 2016

Beryl Markham steps out of the cockpit of the Percival Vega Gull, probably late August 1936. (Unattributed) 4–5 September 1936: At 6:50 p.m., British Summer Time, Beryl Markham departed RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, aboard a turquoise blue-and-silver Percival P.10 Vega Gull, registration VP-KCC. Her intended destination was New York City, across the Atlantic Ocean in…

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4 September 1936

Sep 4, 2016

Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives) 4 September 1936: Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905–1979) was the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy Race when she and her co-pilot, Blanche Noyes, flew a Beechcraft C17R “Staggerwing,” NR15835, from Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York to Mines Field, Los Angeles, California, in 14 hours, 55 minutes, 1.0…

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4 September 1922

Sep 4, 2016

Jimmy Doolittle with his DH-4B-1-S, A.S. 22-353, during a refueling stop at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, 4 September 1922. (National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution) 4 September 1922: First Lieutenant James H. (“Jimmy”) Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Corps, made the first transcontinental crossing of the United States in a single day when he flew a DH.4B-1-S…

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3 September 1954

Sep 3, 2016

Major John L. Armstrong, U.S. Air Force, standing on the wing of his record-setting F-86H-1-NA  Sabre. 3 September 1954: At the Dayton Air Show, being held for the first time at the James M. Cox Municipal Airport, Major John L. (“Jack”) Armstrong, U.S. Air Force, flew his North American Aviation F-86H-1-NA Sabre, 52-1998, to a Fédération Aéronautique…

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3 September 1932

Sep 3, 2016

James H. Doolittle with his Gee Bee R-1, NR2100, at the Cleveland National Air Races, 1932. (National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division) 3 September 1932: At the Cleveland National Air Races, James H. (“Jimmy”) Doolittle won the Thompson Trophy Race with his Granville Brothers Aircraft Company Gee Bee Super Sportster R-1, NR2100. At the same time, he set…

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2 September 1977

Sep 2, 2016

The first 10 female officers to graduate from the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program, Class 77-08, with a Northrop T-38A-50-NO Talon, 63-8111, 2 September 1977. (U.S. Air Force) 2nd Lieutenant Mary Livingston, U.S. Air Force 2 September 1978: The ten women in this photograph, members of Pilot Undergradute Training Class 77-08 at Williams Air Force…

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2 September 1953

Sep 2, 2016

Colonel J. Stanley Holtoner with his FAI record-setting F-86D Sabre, 51-6168. (FAI) 2 September 1953: Colonel J. Stanley Holtoner, U.S. Air Force, flew a production North American Aviation F-86D-35-NA Sabre, serial number 51-6168, to a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Speed Record over a 100 kilometer course at Vandalia, Ohio, averaging 1,110.75 kilometers per hour (690.188…

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2 September 1945

Sep 2, 2016

USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor, Tokyo Bay. (U.S. Navy) V-J Day: With the signing of the Instruments of Surrender, World War II comes to an end after 6 years, 2 days of total war. At least 78,000,000 people lost their lives. In the top photograph, American warplanes from Task Force 38 fly over USS Missouri (BB-63), the ship aboard which…

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2 September 1910

Sep 2, 2016

America’s first woman airplane pilot, Blanche Stuart Scott. (George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress) 2 September 1910: After receiving flight instruction from Glenn Curtiss, Blanche Stuart Scott (1885–1970) became the first woman in the United States to fly an airplane when she made a solo flight in her biplane at Lake Keuka Field, Hammondsport, New York.…

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1 September 1983

Sep 1, 2016

A Soviet Sukhoi Su-15 interceptor armed with R-98MR air-to-air missiles. (Department of Defense) Подполковник Г.Н. Осипович. Майкоп, середина 1980-х гг. 1 September 1983: At approximately 1826 hours UTC, Lieutenant Colonel Gennadiy Nikolayevich Osipovich of the V-PVO, (Soviet Air Defence Forces—Войска ПВО, Voyska Protivovozdushnoy Oborony) flying a Sukhoi Su-15TM interceptor, fired two Kaliningrad R-98MR air-to-air missiles at a Korean…

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1 September 1974

Sep 1, 2016

Lockheed SR-71A-LO 61-7972 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. (NASM) 1 September 1974: Major James V. Sullivan, USAF, Pilot and Major Noel F. Widdifield, USAF, Reconnaissance Systems Officer, set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Speed Over A Known Course when they flew a Lockheed SR-71A-LO, serial number 61-7972,…

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1 September 1968

Sep 1, 2016

Lieutenant Colonel William A. Jones III, United States Air Force, in the cockpit of of a Douglas A-1H Skyraider, 1968. (U.S. Air Force) 1 September 1968: Two U.S. Air Force McDonnell F-4D Phantom II fighters were on a pre-dawn strike against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, near the Ban Karai Pass. Both Phantoms, call signs…

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1 September 1953

Sep 1, 2016

Captain Harold E. “Tom” Collins, U.S. Air Force, in the cockpit of the FAI World Speed Record setting North American Aviation F-86D-35-NA Sabre 51-6145. (Photograph courtesy of Neil Corbett, Test and Research Pilots and Flight Test Engineers) 1 September 1953: Captain Harold E. Collins, United States Air Force, flying North American Aviation F-86D-35-NA Sabre, 51-6145,…

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1 September 1952

Sep 1, 2016

Convair B-36 Peacemakers damaged by a tornado, 1 September 1952. (U.S. Air Force) 1 September 1952: On 6:42 p.m., Monday, Labor Day, a tornado struck the flight line at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas. 76 Convair B-36 Peacemaker intercontinental heavy bombers of the 7th and 11th Bombardment Wings, Heavy, were damaged, knocking out nearly two-thirds…

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31 August 1986

Aug 31, 2016

Aeroméxico’s McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 XA-JED, “Hermosillo.” Photograph © Bob Garrard, used with permission. Aeroméxico Flight 498 inverted after mid-air collision over Cerritos, California, 31 August 1986. (NTSB) 31 August 1986: A Piper Archer PA-28-181 single-engine, four-place light airplane, FAA registration N4891F, departed Zamperini Field (TOA), Torrance, California and began to climb to the east, enroute…

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31 August 1955

Aug 31, 2016

City of Renton, the first Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, 55-3118, takes off for the first time. (Seattle Post Intelligencer) 31 August 1955: The first production Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, 55-3118, named City of Renton, made its first flight with company test pilots Alvin M. (“Tex”) Johnston and Richard L. (“Dix”) Loesch on the flight deck. Built as…

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30 August 1984

Aug 30, 2016

Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, 12:41:50 UTC, 30 August 1984. (NASA) 30 August 1984: At 8:41 a.m., EDT (12:41:50 UTC), the Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) lifted off from Launch Complex 39A on its first flight into space. This was the fourth attempt to launch Discovery on Mission STS-41-D.…

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30 August 1982

Aug 30, 2016

Russell J.  Scott. (Northrop) 30 August 1982: Northrop test pilot Russell J. Scott made the first flight of the F-5G Tigershark prototype, N4416T, (Northrop serial number GG.1001) at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the 40 minute flight the Tigershark, which would be re-designated F-20A, reached an altitude of 40,000 feet and speed of Mach…

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30 August 1952

Aug 30, 2016

The left wing of this Northrop F-89C-30-NO Scorpion, 51-5781, failed during a fly-by at the International Aviation Exposition, Detroit, Michigan, 30 August 1952. (U.S. Air Force) 30 August 1952: A tragic accident occurred during a fly-by of two new United States Air Force Northrop F-89C Scorpion all weather interceptors at the International Aviation Exposition at…

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29 August 1970

Aug 29, 2016

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 prototype, N10DC, makes its first takeoff, Long Beach Airport, 29 August 1970. (Boeing) 29 August 1970: The McDonnell Douglas prototype widebody airliner, DC-10-10, N10DC, made its first flight from Long Beach Airport to Edwards Air Force Base, California, where it underwent flight testing and F.A.A. certification. The aircraft commander was the…

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