On This Day in Aviation History DECEMBER 30th

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1846 - Birth of Henri Lachambre, French manufacturer of balloons and aeronaut

1865 - Birth of Charles de Lambert, early french aviator, 1st person in France to be taught to fly by Wilbur Wright and 1st person to fly around the Eiffel tower.

1890 - Birth of Lanoe George Hawker, 1st WWI British flying ace. -

1893 - Birth of William O'Toole, British WWI flying ace.

1894 - Birth of Erwin Russell Bleckley, WWI United States Army Air Service aviator.

1894 - Birth of Harold James Brow, early US navy pilot, air racer and record setter.

1896 - Birth of Sidney William Highwood, British WWI flying ace and balloon buster. -

1896 - Birth of Harold Alfred "Willy" Whistler, British WWI fighter ace, who served the RAF until the beginning of WWII. -

1899 - Birth of William Leeming Harrison, Canadian WWI flying ace -

1907 - Birth of William Randolph "Randy" Lovelace II, American physician who made contributions to aerospace medicine.

1919 - Birth of Darrell Robins Lindsey, WWII USAAF bomber pilot and posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor.

1921 - Edward Stinson and Lloyd Bertaud set a world endurance record of 26 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds flying a BMW-engined Junkers-Larsen JL-6 (American version of the Junkers F.13) over Roosevelt Field, 2500 miles during a snowstorm.

1927 - Giuseppe Mario Bellanca left Columbia aircraft, to form AviaBellanca Aircraft, taking with him again the rights to the WB-2 series of aircraft.

1931 - Birth of Charles Arthur "Art" Bassett, II, American engineer, USAF test pilot and NASA astronaut.

1933 - 1st flight of The Polikarpov I-16, Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design; it was the world's 1st cantilever-winged monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear.

1933 - Klm pilot Ivan Vasilyevich Smirnov complete a record breaking flight from Amsterdam to Batavia (Jakarta) on Java (Indonesia - formerly the Dutch East Indies)

1933 - Imperial Airways Avro 618 Ten 'Apollo' collided with a radio mast Due to fog at Ruysselede, West Vlaanderen, Belgium and crashed killing all 10 people on board

1934 - 1st flight of The Martin M-130, American 4 engine commercial flying boat.

1935 - Italian bombers destroy a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia during the 2nd Italo-Abyssinian War.

1936 - French Maryse Bastié lands her Caudron C.635 'Jean Mermoz' in Natal, a distance of 3100km averaging 264km/h from Dakar (Senegal) , completing a transatlantic Solo flight. -

1938 - The Piaggio P.23R (Piaggio P.123), Italian twin engine commercial transport aircraft prototype for propaganda purposes, carried a payload of 5000 kilograms (11,023 pounds) at an average speed of 404 kilometers per hour (250.8 miles per hour), setting new world records over both the 1,000-kilometer (620 mi) and 2,000-kilometer (1,200 mi) distances.

1942 - Death of Orville "Tubby" Alfred Ralston, american WWI flying ace, killed in the crash of his USAAF B-17 in Musselshell, Montana. -

1943 - Death of Josef "Joschi" Pöhs, German WWII fighter ace and test pilot, killed in the crash of his Me 163 rocket-powered fighter upon takeoff at Bad Zwischenahn. -

1944 - Death of Alexandre Léonel Pierre 'Lionel' de Marmier, French WWI flying ace, Nieuport test pilot, pioneering airliner and airmail pilot, Air France test pilot, Spanish war and WWII pilot. Disappearing at sea in a Lockheed C-60A-5-LO Lodestar. - -

1945 - Birth of John Kevin Moorhouse, British test pilot.

1946 - 1st flight of the Tupolev ANT-63P, Night fighter prototype version of the Tupolev TU-2.

1946 - A USN Martin PBM Mariner crashed during a blizzard on Thurston Island, Antarctica while supporting Operation Highjump (Mission to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV) killing 3 over 9.

1947 - 1st flight of The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, Soviet jet fighter, one of the 1st successful swept-wing jet fighters

1950 - A RAAF CAC Wirraway patrolling for sharks crashed on a beach at Maroochydore, Australia, killing 3 children and injuring 14 other people. Pilot and his observer survived

1953 - Birth of Daniel Thomas Barry, American engineer, scientist, and NASA astronaut.

1954 - The Convair B-58 Hustler is the 1st jet bomber to exceed Mach 1.

1958 - Birth of Steven Lee Smith, American technology executive and NASA astronaut.

1959 - 1st flight of the Sud Aviation Caravelle III, French short/medium-range jet airliner, reengined evolution of the Caravelle I. -

1964 - Death of Hermann Frommherz, German WWI flying ace, commercial pilot and high ranking Officer during WWII. -

1971 - Death of Richard Michael Trevethan, American born British WWI flying ace. -

1978 - 1st flight of the Vulcanair SF.600 Canguro, Italian Feederliner, high-wing cantilever monoplane of conventional configuration with a fuselage of rectangular cross-section and a high-set tail.

1985 - Death of Alfred Marie-Joseph Heurtaux, French WWI fighter ace. -

1995 - Launch of The Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), NASA satellite that observes the time structure of astronomical X-ray sources.

2010 - 1st flight of The TAI Anka, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries for use by the Turkish Air Force.