Saturday, October 20, 2012

Aviation History: October 12

Aviation History: October 12:
A Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA) is se...
The S-72 in flight without a main rotor on a flight test at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, in spring of 1984. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 2011 – Introduction: 747-8 (747-8F) with Cargolux
  • 2010 – A Eurocopter AS350 helicopter crashed in Antarctica, killing four people.
  • 2010 – Transafrik International Flight 662, operated by Lockheed L-100 Hercules 5X-TUC crashed into a mountain 19 miles (31 km) east of Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, killing all eight crew.
  • 1997 – Singer John Denver dies when the Rutan Long EZ he is piloting crashes into the Pacific Ocean off Pacific Grove, California.
  • 1988 – a Bar Harbor Airlines ATR-42 misses Air Force One by less than 1,000 feet
  • 1980 – Mesa Airlines commenced operations.
  • 1976 – First Flight: Sikorsky S-72
  • 1967 – Cyprus Airways Flight 284 was a de Havilland DH.106 Comet 4B G-ARCO that broke up during a flight to Nicosia International Airport, after an explosive device detonated in the cabin. The airliner crashed in the Mediterranean Sea 22 miles (35 km) south of Demre, Turkey, killing all 66 people on board.
  • 1964 – Launched: Voskhod 1. This was the Soviet Union’s first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits.
  • 1961 – The Navy’s first McDonnell-built F4H operational squadron, VF-74, is qualified for carrier duty.
  • 1960 – The first Hercules was delivered to the RCAF, they arrived in Trenton from Marietta, Georgia.
  • 1954 – North American Aviation chief test pilot and World War II ace George Welch is killed in the crash of a North American F-100A Super Sabre during a test flight, resulting in the grounding of all F-100A aircraft.
  • 1944 – The first B-29 Superfortress lands on Saipan, beginning the Twentieth Air Force’s build-up of a strategic bombing capability in the Mariana Islands. For the first time, all of Japan proper is within range of United States Army Air Forces strategic bombers.
  • 1944 – (12–14) Task Force 38 conducts three days of heavy air strikes against Formosa, targeting Japanese airfields and shipping, flying 1,374 sorties on the first day, 974 on the second, and 246 on the third. U.S. aircraft destroy over 500 Japanese aircraft, sink 24 cargo ships and small craft, and destroy many Japanese military facilities. On the third day, strikes also are flown against northern Luzon. Counterattacking Japanese torpedo bombers cripple the heavy cruiser USS Canberra (CA-70) and light cruiser USS Houston (CL-81).
  • 1943 – The U.S. Army Air Forces’ Fifth Air Force conducts the largest Allied airstrike thus far in World War II in the Pacific, sending 349 aircraft to attack the Japanese airfields, shipping, and supply depots at Rabaul, New Britain, losing five aircraft. Allied airstrikes on Rabaul will continue for much of the rest of the war.
  • 1942 – Famed RCAF ace, Buzz Beurling, was shot down and wounded over Malta.
  • 1940 – Ilyushin TsKB-57, prototype of the Ilyushin Il-2
  • 1936 – Nationalist aircraft sink the Republican submarine B-5 off the coast of Spain near Málaga.
  • 1918 – The Imperial German Navy’s Naval Airship Division flies its last combat mission.
  • 1916 – Royal Naval Air Service ace Raymond Collishaw claims his first victory.
  • 1907 – Augustus Gaudron crosses the North Sea in a hot air balloon named Mammouth. He flies 1,160 km (721 miles) from The Crystal Palace, London to Lake Vänern, Sweden.

No comments:

Post a Comment