On This Day in Aviation History MAY 6 th

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1888 - Birth of Johann Frint, Austro-Hungarian WWI flying ace. -

1894 - Birth of George Clifton Peters, Australian WWI flying ace -

1894 - Birth of Sir Alan John Cobham, English aviation pioneer.

1894 - Birth of Richard Raymond-Barker, British WWI flying ace. -

1895 - Birth of Ernest Charles Hoy, Canadian WWI flying ace, and airmail flight pioneer. -

1896 - Samuel Pierpont Langley flies the unmanned Aerodrome No. 5 after a catapult launch, from a houseboat on the Potomac river a distance of 3,300ft.

1899 - Birth of Edward Grahame Johnstone, British WWI fighter ace -

1906 - Death of Carl Berg, German entrepreneur and airship builder.

1912 - Birth of Paul M. Fitts, known as one of the pioneers in improving aviation safety.

1917 - Birth of Rex Theodor Barber, American WWII fighter pilot, best known as a member of the top secret mission to intercept the aircraft carrying Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

1918 - Death of William Lewis Wells, British WWI flying ace from wounds received in action. -

1918 - Death of Jean Chaput, French WWI fighter ace, killed in action in his SPAD XIII. -

1926 - Air Commodore G.H. Boyce is the 1st pilot to carry out a night deck landing, when he landed his Dart aboard HMS Furious with a Blackburn Dart.

1930 - 1st flight of the Boeing Model 200 Monomail, American single, low set, all metal cantilever wing. Retractable landing gear and a streamlined fuselage.

1934 - New Zealander Miss Jean Batten takes off from Lypmne in a De Havilland DH.60 Moth for a new distance record to Australia.

1935 – 1st flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk, also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, American Fighter aircraft.

1936 - 1st flight of The Latécoère 298 (Laté 298), French seaplane, single-engined, mid-wing cantilever monoplane, designed primarily as a torpedo bomber, but served also as a dive bomber against land and naval targets, and as a maritime reconnaissance aircraft, France's most successful military seaplane.

1937 - German zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed whilst attempting to dock with its mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

1937 - Death of Walter Rieseler, German WWI pilot, Instructor and aircraft designer.

1940 - 1st flight of the Dewoitine D-750, French low-winged monoplane twin-engined 3 seat torpedo bomber prototype. -

1941 - Igor Sikorsky sets a world endurance record for helicopter flight of 1 hour 32 minutes, in a Sikorsky VS-300.

1941 – 1st flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the "Jug", largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating engine.

1942 - Flight testing of the 1st of eight prototype/service-test aircraft (single-seat float-equipped interceptor seaplanes) of the Kawanishi N1K Kyofu starts.

1944 - 1st flight of the Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster, American experimental bomber aircraft, designed for a high top speed, with two engines within the fuselage driving a pair of contra-rotating propellers mounted at the tail, leaving the wing and fuselage clean and free of drag-inducing protrusions.

1944 - 1st flight of Mitsubishi A7M1 Reppu, Japanese fighter prototype, designed as the successor to the Imperial Japanese Navy's A6M Zero. Production was disrupted by an earthquake in December 1944 in the Nagoya region.

1945 - Royal Air Force sinks its last German submarine (U-320). (British Liberator aircraft Sqdn. 224/T)

1949 - Birth of David Cornell Leestma, American astronaut.

1952 - Birth of Chiaki Mukai, Japanese doctor, and JAXA astronaut. She was the 1st Japanese woman in space, and was the 1st Japanese citizen to have 2 spaceflights.

1955 - Birth of Donald Alan Thomas, American engineer and a former NASA astronaut.

1957 - Birth of Didier Delsalle , French Helicopter test pilot, 1st pilot to land a Helicopter on Mount Everest.

1959 - 1st flight of the SNECMA C-450 'Coléoptère', French experimental VTOL jet aircraft featuring an annular wing designed to land vertically, therefore requiring no runway and very little space to take-off. -

1960 - Death of Marcel Marc Dhôme, French WWI flying ace, racing car driver, who also served in WWII and during the Korean war. -

1962 - Channel Airways Douglas C-47A Dakota collided with a cloud-covered hill at St Boniface Down near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, killing 12 over 18.

1963 - Death of Theodore von Kármán,  Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer and physicist, responsible for many key advances in aerodynamics, notably his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization. He is regarded as the outstanding aerodynamic theoretician of the 20th century.

1963 - Death of Paul Ward Spencer 'George' Bulman, British WWI pilot, air racer and chief test pilot for Hawker aircraft.

1965 - Launch of Intelsat 1 (Early bird), 1st (commercial) communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit.

1966 - Birth of Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov, Russian cosmonaut.

1968 – Astronaut Neil Armstrong ejects from Bell Aerospace Lunar Landing Research Vehicle No. 1 (LLRV-1), known as the "Flying Bedstead", at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center, Ellington AFB, Houston, Texas, as it goes out of control. -

1981 - Death of Jens Frederick "Swede" Larson, American WWI flying ace

1982 - 2nd prototype (SP-PSB) of the Helicopter PZL Swidnik W-3 "Sokol" makes his 1st flight.

1983 - Death of Sergei Petrovich Izotov, Russian aircraft turbine engine designer,_%D0%A1%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B3%D0%B5%D0%B9_%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87

1983 - Death of Harris George "Clem" Clements, British WWI flying ace

1985 - Death of Smith J. DeFrance, Amrican WWI aviator and engineer who played a major role in wind tunnel design and experimentation before and during the birth of the Space Age.

1986 - Death of Albert Forsythe, Early afro-American aviator and raid pilot

1988 - 1st flight of The Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 , German aerobatic two-seat monoplane capable of Unlimited category competition.

1988 - Widerøe Flight 710 de Havilland Canada Dash 7 crashed in fog into nearby Torghatten mountain on landing, en route from Namsos to Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy at Brønnøy, Norway, killing all 36 passengers and crew.

1991 - STS-39, Space shuttle Discovery mission, is back on earth

1993 - STS 55, 55th overall flight of the US Space Shuttle and the 14th flight of Columbia, lands at Edwards AFB.

1995 - Death of Adriano 'Arrighi' Mantelli, Spanish war italian fighter ace, Glider record breaker and aircraft designer. -

2001 - Soyuz TM-31 is back on earth.

2006 – A Westland Lynx AH.7 (Royal Navy) from 847 Squadron is shot down with a SA-14 over Basra, killing five crewmen and crashing into a house, 1st British helicopter and 2nd British aircraft downed due to enemy fire in the Iraqi war.

2007 - SkyValue USA, seasonal American low-cost airline, cease operations

2010 - A PZL-104 (Polish designed and built short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) Civil Aviation utility aircraft) carrying The former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage crashed at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield, Northamptonshire.

2012 – A CIA unmanned aerial vehicle strike in eastern Yemen kills Fahd al-Quso, the al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.

2012 - Death of Russell E. "Russ" Schleeh, American WWII pilot and USAF test pilot who flew and tested virtually every bomber in the American Air Force up through the B- 52 Stratofortress and also fighters up through the Lockheed 104 Starfighter.