On This Day in Aviation History January 23 rd

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1893 - Birth of Howard John Thomas Saint, Welsh WWI flying ace and Post-war test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory and the Gloster Aircraft Company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Saint_(aviator) - http://theaerodrome.com/aces/wales/saint.php


1894 - Birth of Eric Landon Simonson, Autralian WWI flying ace.


1897 - Birth of Ernst Zindel, German Engineer and designer of the Junkers Ju-52.


1899 - Birth of George Pearson Glen Kidston, British record-breaking aviator and motor racing driver.


1909 - 1st flight of the Blériot XI, light and sleek monoplane constructed of oak and poplar. The flying surfaces were covered with cloth. One of the most successful monoplanes designed and built before WWI.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bl%C3%A9riot_XI - http://www.aviafrance.com/aviafrance1.php?ID=5715

1911 - 1st flight of the Siemens-Schuckert I, German dirigible.


1915 - Birth of Ivan Nikolayevic Kalabushkin, Soviet WWII fighter ace and high ranking officer post WWII.

http://www.cieldegloire.com/015_kalabushkin%20_i_n.php - http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/soviet_kalabushkin.htm

1916 - Birth of Siegfried Schnell, German WWII flying ace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Schnell - http://www.luftwaffe.cz/schnell.html

1917 - Death of Hans Imelmann, German WWI flying ace, killed when gun fire from a B.E.2c struck his fuel tank Near Miraumont.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Immelmann - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/imelmann.php

1918 - 1st American Expeditionary Force (AEF) balloon ascent is made at the Balloon School at Cuperly in France


1924 - Birth of Michael James Lighthill, British applied mathematician, known for his pioneering work in the field of aeroacoustics.


1925 - 1st flight of the Blériot Bl-118, Twin seat twin engine high wing monoplane amphibian Fighter/trainer prototype.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bl%C3%A9riot_118 - http://www.aviafrance.com/aviafrance1.php?ID=814

1928 - 1st flight of the Nieuport-Delage NiD-72, French single-engined sesquiplane fighter, evolution of the NiD-52


1929 - Clennell Haggerston "Punch" Dickins delivered the 1st airmail to the Northwest Territories. A flight into the high Arctic, travelling through Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, and into Aklavik on the Arctic Circle. A feat challenged further by the fact his compass did not work because of its proximity to the magnetic pole, forcing him to fly by sight

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punch_Dickins#Inter-war_years - http://www.famouscanadians.net/name/d/dickinspunch.php

1930 - Birth of William Reid 'Bill' Pogue, USAF test pilot and NASA Astronaut.


1934 - 1st flight of the Vickers type 212 Vellox, British large biplane prototype designed as a freight and mail carrier, Twin engine evolution of the Vickers Vellore.


1934 - 1st flight of The Berliner-Joyce XF3J, American biplane fighter prototype.


1939 - Death of Manuel Vázquez Sagastizabal, Spanish aviator, considered as one of the most outstanding fighter pilot during the Spanish Civil War, from wounds received in action.


1939 - The sole prototype Douglas 7B twin-engine attack bomber, designed and built as a company project, suffers loss of vertical fin and rudder while demonstrating single-engine performance over Mines Field (now Los Angeles International Airport, California), flat spins into parking lot of North American Aviation, and burns.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_7B#Design_and_development -


1943 - Death of Shigeru Nakazaki, Japanese WWII fighter ace, Unable to get back to his base as his Nakajima Ki-43 was severely damaged by a Hawker Hurricane, he delibaretly crashed into a british ship on river Maungdaw.


1946 - Death of Heinrich Bongartz, German WWI fighter ace. He also served as a night fighter commander in WWII

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Bongartz - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/bongartz.php

1948 - 1st flight of The de Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover, Australian Tri-Motor small transport aircraft, Developed from the de Havilland Dove.


1949 - Birth of Robert Donald 'Bob' Cabana, USMC test pilot and NASA astronaut.


1951 - Birth of Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, American airliner pilot, safety expert, and accident investigator, famous for having ditched an Airbus A320-214 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City, saving the lives of all 155 people on the aircraft.


1951 - 1st flight of The Douglas F4D Skyray (later redesignated F-6 Skyray), American carrier-based jet fighter/interceptor.


1957 - 1st flight of the Nord 1500-02 Griffon II, 2nd experimental ramjet-powered fighter aircraft, evolution of the Griffon I.

http://www.aviastar.org/air/france/nord_griffon.php - http://www.aviafrance.com/aviafrance1.php?ID=6781

1960 - Birth of Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver, skysurfer and Base jumper.


1961 - Death of Redford Henry "Red" Mulock, 1st Canadian WWI flying ace and the 1st in the RNAS, High ranking RCAF post WWI before joining Canadian Airways.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redford_Henry_Mulock - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/canada/mulock.php

1963 - 1st flight of the Pre-serie Dassault Mirage IV-04 with Rocket-Engine JATO, French strategic bomber and deep-reconnaissance aircraft.


1963 - Death of Michel Henri Marie Joseph Wibault , French aeronautical engineer, aircraft designer, pioneer of the VTOL aircrafts.


1970 - Launch of ITOS-1, NASA operational sun-synchronous meteorological spacecraft.


1982 - World Airways Flight 30, a DC-10 landing at Boston's Logan International Airport under icy conditions and limited visibility slid off the end of the runway and plunged into Boston Harbor, separating the cockpit section from the rest of the aircraft. Two passengers were missing and were reported as fatalities.


1998 - 1st flight of The AEA Explorer (sometimes called the Explorer Explorer), Australian large single-engine utility aircraft.


2003 - Last and final, very weak signal from Pioneer 10, NASA robotic space probe is received when it was 12 billion-kilometers (80 AU) from Earth.


2004 - ESA announced the discovery of water ice in the South Polar ice cap, using data taken on January 18 with the OMEGA instrument of Mars Express.


2007 - 1st flight of The Lockheed Martin CATBird (Cooperative Avionics Test Bed), highly modified Boeing 737-330 designed as an avionics flight testbed aircraft. It is modified in order to provide an economic means of developing and flight testing the avionics suite for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. CATBird has a distinctive appearance, with an F-35's nose and a pair of small canards located just aft of the forward entrance doors. Inside, the aircraft is equipped with racks to hold all of F-35's avionics, as well as an F-35 cockpit.


2008 - Polish Air Force EADS CASA C-295 military transport plane crashed in poor weather conditions, with a low cloud ceiling and little visibility as it approached the Miroslawiec runway, killing all 20


2009 - Launch of Ibuki (Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite or GOSAT), japanese Earth observation satellite and the world's 1st satellite dedicated to greenhouse-gas-monitoring, aunched along with seven other piggyback probes using the H-IIA, Japan's primary large-scale expendable launch system.'(PRISM, SDS-1, SOHLA-1, SpriteSat, Kagayaki, Kukai and KKS1).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibuki_(satellite) - http://www.astronautix.com/thisday/janary23.htm