On This Day in Aviation History May 19 th

Jump to May =>(01 - 02 - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31)

1886 - Birth of William Henry Hubbard, Canadian WWI flying ace -

1886 - Birth of Richard Bell Davies, British WWI fighter pilot and Royal Navy officer.

1890 - Birth of Donat Aduiovich Makeenok, Russian WWI flying ace who also served during the Russo-Polish War. -

1891 - Birth of Oswald Boelcke, WWI German fighter ace and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians of the early years of air combat. -

1893 - Birth of Karl Thom, German WWI fighter ace who also served in WWII -

1895 - Birth of Charles Alfred Quette, French WWI flying ace -

1895 - Birth of Ernest Leslie "Feet" Foot, British WWI flying ace -

1896 - Birth of Arthur Rowe Spurling, Bermudian WWI flying ace and WWII ferry pilot who operated post WWII a taxi fleet. -

1897 - Birth of Frank Luke Jr., WWI American fighter ace, ranking 2nd among U.S. Army Air Service pilots to Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in number of aerial victories during WWI -

1899 - Birth of John Denis Breakey, British WWI flying ace and WWII RAF high ranking officer. -

1908 - 1st US military office to pilot a modern aircraft is Thomas Etholen Selfridge. He took to the air alone in AEA's newest craft, White Wing, traveling 100 feet on his 1st attempt and 200 feet on his 2nd. -

1910 - Birth of Jean Niland (Aka James Williams), French early parachutist and record setter.

1911 - 1st flight of The Lakes Waterbird, British early aeroplane, sometimes known as the Avro Curtiss type.

1912 - 1st official mail flight service of the Deutschen Reichspost between Mannheim and Heidelberg.

1918 - Death of Karl Pech, German WWI flying ace, colliding in his Pfalz D.III into a S.E.5a.

1918 - Death of Gervais Raoul Lufbery, French-American WWI fighter ace, commander of the 94th (Hat in the Ring) Aero Squadron and 2nd highest scoring American ace with 17 victories, killed in his Nieuport 28 in an attempt to intercept a German Rumpler reconnaissance aircraft. -

1918 - Death of Richard Plange, German WWI flying ace, Killed in his Fokker DR.I by an Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8. -

1918 - South African WWI fighter ace Andrew Frederick Weatherby "Proccy" Beauchamp-Proctor, scored 5 victories on that single day with his S.E.5a

1924 - 1st aerial circumnavigation of Australia is carried out, by an RAAF crew in a Fairey IIID, British reconnaissance biplane.

1928 - Major Charles A. Lutz, USMC, won the curtiss Marine Trophy Race at Anacostia in an F6C-3, making a speed of 157.6 m.p.h. over the 100-mile course.

1933 - 1st flight of the Vought V-80P (Export version for Peruvian Air Force), biplane scout and observation aircraft.

1934 - 1st flight of the Tupolev Ant-20 Maxim Gorkii, Soviet 8-engine aircraft, at this time the largest aircraft in the world. Capable of carrying 80 passengers, it was used mainly as a mobile propaganda office.

1936 - Death of Harry Palmerston Williams, American businessman, noted aviation owner of the Wedell-Williams Air Service Corporation that dominated air racing in the United States during the so-called Golden Age of Aviation, returning from Baton Rouge where he had a conference with Governor Richard Leche, and flying with the company's chief pilot, John Adolph 'Red' Worthen, their Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing crashed on takeoff, killing both men instantly.

1939 - Birth of Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee, American astronaut who was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the STS-51-L mission.

1940 - Death of Herwig Knüppel, German Flying ace of the Spanish war and WWII, killed in action in his Me-Bf109.

1942 - RCAF No. 162 (BR) Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron was formed at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with Canso A aircrafts.

1943 - Death of Max Constant, Air racer and test pilot for Northrop, Killed in the crash of the Northrop N-9M-1, one-third scale flying testbed for the Northrop XB-35 flying wing design. -

1945 - 1st flight of Tupolev TU-10, soviet twin-engine Soviet high speed daylight bomber, evolution of the TU-2.

1946 - 1st flight of The Handley Page (Reading) H.P.R.1 Marathon (Initially Miles M.60 Marathon), British civil 20-passenger 4 engine light transport aircraft.

1947 - 1st flight of The Cunliffe-Owen Concordia, British twin-engined small airliner.

1948 - Birth of Jean-Pierre Haigneré, French Air Force officer and former CNES astronaut.

1949 - A Martin JRM Mars, four-engined cargo transport seaplane, sets a new record of 308 for the largest number of people to be carried on a single aircraft.

1951 - RCAF No. 410 Squadron began re-equipping with North American Sabre fighters, 1st RCAF squadron to receive this new fighter.

1951 - 1st flight of The Fokker S-14 Machtrainer, Dutch two-seater military training jet aircraft.

1952 - 1st flight of The Grumman XF10F Jaguar, American prototype swing-wing fighter aircraft.

1955 - Birth of Pierre Joseph Thuot, US Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut

1956 - 1st flight of The Aerfer Sagittario 2, Italian prototype all-metal single-seat lightweight fighter aircraft, 1st Italian aircraft to break the sound barrier in controlled flight.

1956 - Death of Cecil Frederick Charles Wilson, Welsh WWI flying ace

1961 - Venera 1, 1st planetary probe launched to Venus by the Soviet Union, passed within 100,000 km of Venus and entered a heliocentric orbit.

1967 - 1st flight of the Dassault Mirage 5, french supersonic attack aircraft. -

1971 - Launch of Mars 2, Soviet unmanned lander and orbiter, 1st human artifacts to impact the surface of Mars.

1971 - 1st flight of the Learjet model 26 (American ten seat, twin-engined, high speed business jet aircraft), a model 25 with new engines which will lead to the Model 35

1977 - Launch of Kosmos 909, Russian satellite used as a target for tests of anti-satellite weapons.

1993 - SAM Colombia Flight 505, en route from Panama City, Panama, to Medellín, Colombia, hit Mt. Paramo de Frontino at 12,300 ft. while on approach to José María Córdova International Airport (SKRG). The aircraft descended into mountainous terrain before actually reaching the Abejorral non-directional beacon. The VHF Omni-directional radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) had been sabotaged by terrorists and was not in service. All 132 passengers (including a group of Panamanian dentists on their way to a convention) were killed

1996 - Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau blasted off from Cape Canaveral in the shuttle Endeavour for his 2nd trip into space with STS-77.

2000 - Death of Yevgeni Vassilyevich Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut.

2000 - Launch of STS-101, Space Shuttle mission Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS).

2001 - Death of Alexey Petrovich Maresyev, Soviet WWII fighter ace who flew half of the war with his 2 legs amputated below the knees. -

2008 - 1st flight of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 , russian modern fly-by-wire regional jet in the 75- to 95-seat category.

2012 - Death of Phillip 'Phil' John Lamason, RNZAF WWII bomber pilot who rose to prominence as the senior officer in charge of 168 Allied airmen taken to Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany.