On This Day in Aviation History JUNE 5 th

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1891 - Birth of Albert Dossenbach, German WWI fighter ace and balloon buster.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Dossenbach - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/dossenbach.php

1897 - Birth of Michel Henri Marie Joseph Wibault , French aeronautical engineer, aircraft designer, pioneer of the VTOL aircrafts.


1909 - John Berry and Paul McCullough win the US's 1st National Balloon Race, covering 377.9 miles - from Indianapolis, Indiana to Fort Payne, Alabama - in 25 hours 35 minutes


1909 - 1st monoplane flight of over one hour is made by Englishman Hubert Latham on the Antoinette IV for 1 hour, 7 minutes, 37 seconds.


1909 - 1st flight of The Roe I Triplane (or Avro Triplane), early british aircraft, 1st all-British aircraft to fly.


1910 - 1st flight of the Farman HF-2/2, French experimental High wing monoplane.


1915 - 1st flight of the Sopwith "Sigrist Bus", British 2 seat biplane prototype which setted during that flight a new British altitude record. It will lead to the development of the Sopwith 1½ Strutter.


1916 - Birth of Paul F. Bikle, American Engineer, Record setting glider pilot and Director of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility.


1917 - Death of Karl Emil Schäfer, German WWI fighter ace, killed in his Albatross D.III during a dogfight.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Emil_Sch%C3%A4fer - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/germany/schafer2.php

1918 - Death of Charles Alfred Quette, French WWI flying ace, killed in action in his SPAD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Quette - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/quette.php

1921 - Death of Laura Bromwell, Early American aviatrix, killed in a crash while performing stunts.


1927 - The 'Verein für Raumschiffahrt' ("Society for spaceship travel", German amateur rocket association that included members outside of Germany) is formed.


1931 - Charles William Anderson Scott breaks the record for the fastest solo flight from Australia to England, flying the 10,660 miles (17,160 km) from Wyndham, Australia to Lympne, England in 10 days 23 hours piloting a DH.60 Moth (Gipsy II).


1937 - Death of Guido Presel, Spanish war Italian flying ace, killed in action in his Fiat Cr-42 by a Republican Polikarpov I-15.


1942 - 1st flight of the Junkers Ju-252, German 3 engine cargo aircraft planned as a replacement for the Junkers Ju 52/3m in commercial airline service,


1943 - Fred Hargesheimer, flying a Lockheed P-38 F-4 on a photo reconnaissance mission over the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, is attacked by a Japanese Ki-45 Nick fighter. Despite his injuries and jammed canopy, he was able to parachute to safety. For the next month he fought to survive in the jungle. He will stay there for over 5 months before being rescued.


1944 - 1st combat mission for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress over Thailand


1944 - Operation Neptune, largest amphibious invasion in world history, Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord is launched. More than 1000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-Day - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Normandy

1944 - Death of Marcel Lefèvre, French WWII pilot of the French-Soviet Normandie Niemen fighter squadron, from severe burn injuries.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Lefevre - http://cieldegloire.com/004_lefevre.php

1947 - Birth of Duane D. Hackney, USAF Pararescueman, most decorated airman in USAF history and the recipient of 28 decorations for valor in combat (more than 70 awards and decorations in all)


1948 - Death of Glen Edwards, US WWII pilot and later test pilot for the USAF, namesake of Edwards Air Force Base, while evaluating the Northrop YB-49 with Daniel Hugh Forbes, Jr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Edwards_(pilot) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Forbes

1955 - 1st flight of the Wassmer Jodel D-120 'Paris-Nice', French light 2 seat low wing monoplane tourer/trainer aircraft.


1956 - Birth of Richard Alan Searfoss, USAF colonel, NASA Astronaut and test pilot.


1958 - 2nd and last Saunders-Roe SR.53, British prototype interceptor aircraft of mixed jet and rocket propulsion, crashed at Boscombe down during an aborted takeoff on its 12th flight. Running off the runway, the aircraft struck a concrete approach light, exploding on impact and killing its pilot, Squadron Leader Booth.


1960 - Death of August Häfeli, Swiss aero engineer and aircraft designer.


1965 - 2 US Army UH-1D Iroquois collided in mid-air over Fort Benning, Georgia killing all 18 on board.


1966 - Death of Oakley George Kelly, record setting pilot for the United States Army Air Service.


1967 - Six Day War begins between Israel and her Arab neighbours. In a pre-emptive strike, the Israeli Air Force destroys half of the Egyptian Air Force on the first night. By the end of the six days, 452 Arab aircraft had been destroyed for a loss of 46 Israeli aircraft.


1967 - Boeing delivers its 1,000th jet airliner, a Boeing 707-120B for American Airlines


1969 - The Tupolev Tu-144 (NATO name: "Charger'"), russian supersonic transport aircraft, is the 1st SST to break the sound barrier.


1969 - 'Rivet Amber', a Boeing RC-135E, large reconnaissance aircraft, operating out of Shemya AFB, went down in the Bering Sea. No wreckage and no survivors were ever found.


1979 - Death of Francis Peabody Magoun Jr, American WWI flying ace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Peabody_Magoun - http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/magoun.php

1980 - Launch of Soyuz T-2, Soviet manned space flight to the Salyut 6 space station.


1983 - Death of Kurt Waldemar Tank, German aeronautical engineer and test pilot, heading the design department at Focke-Wulf from 1931-45. He designed several important aircraft of WWII, including the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter aircraft.


1989 - Launch of Ariane Iv 44LP with TDF 2 / DFS-Kopernikus 2, television satellites.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Ariane-4-Raketenstarts - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_4

1989 - 11-year-old Anthony Aliengena followed by two chase planes carrying his family, journalists and his Soviet pen pal, Roman Tcheremnykh, took off John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California in a Cessna 210 Centurion for an around-the-world journey arranged with hopes to improve Soviet-American relations.


1991 - Launch of STS-40, Space Shuttle Columbia mission carrying the Spacelab module for Spacelab Life Sciences 1 (SLS-1), 5th Spacelab mission and the first dedicated solely to biology and 1st spaceflight that included three women crew members.


2002 - Launch of STS-111, NASA space shuttle Endeavour mission to the International Space Station (ISS).


2008 - Death of Jan Dietrich, American pilot, one of the 1st women in the US to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot License and one of the Mercury 13 female astronauts proposed but never entered training.


2012 - Solar Impulse, Swiss long-range solar powered aircraft, complete its 1st intercontinental flight, flying a 19-hour trip from Madrid, Spain, to Rabat, Morocco.


2013 - Launch of The Albert Einstein ATV, or Automated Transfer Vehicle 004 (ATV-004), European unmanned cargo resupply spacecraft for the ISS.