On This Day in Aviation History AUGUST 29 th

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1875 - Birth of Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr., American physician, geographer, geologist and explorer, He conducted the 1st expedition to use aerial photography and shortwave radio for mapping,_Jr.

1876 - Birth of Charles Franklin Kettering, American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 patents. While working with the Dayton-Wright Company he developed the "Bug" aerial torpedo, considered as the world's 1st aerial missile.

1879 - Nellie Thurston becomes the 1st Canadian woman to fly in a balloon in Ontario.

1890 - Birth of Arthur William Hammond, British WWI flying ace who also served in WWII with the RCAF. -

1909 – At the end of a two-day flight from Lake Constance during which Count von Zeppelin travels a total distance of more than 400 miles, he makes a spectacular flight in his dirigible LZ5 over the city of Berlin, Germany.

1909 - The 1st great international aviation meeting 'Grande semaine d'aviation de la Champagne' ends in Bétheny, France. 23 European airplanes made 87 flights during one week breaking several records. The meeting will have a strong influence on the technical and military aspects of flight.

1911 - At Brooklands, Hilda Hewlett became the 1st woman in the UK to earn a pilot's licence when she received certificate No.122 from the Royal Aero Club

1913 - Birth of Bruno Dilley, German WWII dive bomber pilot and High Ranking officer post WWII. He performed the 1st bombing raid of WWII

1921 - Birth of Yukio Seki, Japanese WWII naval aviator and one of the 1st Kamikaze.

1921 - 1st flight of the SPAD S-25, French single seat single engined endurance biplane aircraft prototype.

1925 - 1st flight of The Gloster III, British racing floatplane, single-engined, single seat biplane, designed to compete for the Schneider Trophy air race.

1926 - Alan Cobham , for a commercial route survey for Imperial Airways, takes off from Melbourne in a DH50 for its way back to UK.

1929 - 1st flight of The Travel Air Type R "Mystery Ships", American wire-braced, low-wing racing airplane.

1929 - The German Airship LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" completes its global circumnavigation at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

1935 - 1st flight of the Bloch MB-211, French twin engine medium bomber prototype issued from the MB-210 -

1944 - Death of Alexander Geric, Slovak WWII flying ace who served on the Eastern front with the Axis Forces, Disappearing during an intelligence mission at night with a Praga E-39.

1947 - 1st flight of the Nord 1500 Noréclair, French twin engine torpedo bomber prototype. -

1947 - 1st flight of The McDonnell XH-20 Little Henry, American experimental lightweight helicopter prototype

1948 - 1st flight of The Piaggio P.136, Italian twin-engine amphibian flying-boat, with an all-metal hull, pusher propellers, a gull wing, and retractable landing gear.

1948 – Northwest Airlines Flight 421 Martin 2-0-2, loses part of its left wing in a thunderstorm and crashes between Fountain City, Wisconsin, and Winona, Minnesota, killing all 37 people on board.

1948 - Birth of Charles David "Charlie" Walker, American engineer and NASA astronaut, 1st non-government person to fly in space

1952 - 1st flight of the Supermarine Type 529, British naval fighter aircraft prototype evolution of type 508 which will lead to the Scimitar.

1955 - Walter Gibb flies on Olympus-engined English Electric Canberra B.2 to a world record altitude of 65,889 ft. -

1956 - A RCAF Sabre-5 flew 2740 miles in 5 hours and 30 seconds (Vancouver-Gimli-Halifax) with F/Lt Ralph Annis and F/O Chick Childerhose.

1958 – United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1959 - Birth of Chris Austin "Chris" Hadfield, Canadian astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), 1st Canadian to walk in space.

1960 - 1st flight of The Westland Scout, British general purpose military light helicopter, closely related to the Westland Wasp naval helicopter.

1960 - Death of Ross Morrison MacDonald, Canadian WWI flying ace

1960 - Birth of Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn, American physician and NASA astronaut.

1961 - A French Air Force F-84F clipped the cable of an aerial tramway at Mont Blanc, killing six people and leaving 81 more stranded. The pilot was on a reconnaissance mission and was unaware of the accident until after he had landed.

1964 - 1st flight of The Piaggio PD.808, Italian six-ten-seat light utility jet aircraft which was intended for both civil and military use. Originally designed by Douglas Aircraft Company as a business jet, project was bought by Piaggio Aero.

1965 - Gemini 5 (officially Gemini V) NASA manned spaceflight is back on earth

1965 - 1st flight of the Saab 105 SK60A, Two seat trainer version and liaison aircraft, evolution of the Swedish lightweight turbojet-powered aircraft.

1970 - 1st flight of The McDonnell Douglas DC-10, American three-engine widebody jet airliner.

1975 - Death of Angel María Zuloaga, early argentian aviation pioneer, and record setter.

1978 - 1st flight of the Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond, Japanese twin jet business aircraft, later developped as the Hawker 400. -

1982 - 1st flight of the Stralpes ST-11 'Minimus', French cantilever single seat glider trainer.

1988 - Launch of Soyuz TM-6, Soviet space mission to MIR including the 1st ever Afghan cosmonaut, Abdul Ahad Mohmand.

1995 - 1st flight of the Airbus A319, European twin engine medium jet airliner, evolution of the A318.

1996 - Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 Tupolev Tu-154M crashes into a mountain on Spitsbergen killing 141 people.

1998 - Cubana de Aviación Flight 389 Tupolev Tu-154M crashed during takeoff into buildings in Quito, Ecuador. 75 of the 91 people on board died as well as 10 on the ground.

2001 - Binter Mediterráneo Flight 8261 ASA CN-235 crash-landed some 200 meters short of the runway 32 at Ruiz Picasso International Airport at Málaga, Spain, after the port engine had failed on final approach killing 4 over 47.

2007 – USAF nuclear weapons incident: 6 US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.

2009 - Launch of STS-128 (ISS assembly flight 17A), NASA Space Shuttle Discovery mission to the ISS

2013 - 1st flight of the TAI Hürkuş (Free Bird), Turkish tandem two-seat, low wing, single engine, turboprop basic trainer and ground attack aircraft