On This Day in Aviation History NOVEMBER 5th

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1875 - Birth of Ambroise Goupy, French engineer and aircraft designer.

1892 - Birth of Sir John William Alcock, Captain in the Royal Air Force who, together with navigator Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown, piloted the 1st non-stop transatlantic flight

1896 - Birth of Clifford John Tolman, British WWI flying ace.

1896 - Birth of Eugene Hoy Barksdale, American noted aviator and 1st Lieutenant in the Air Corps for the United States Army. -

1897 - Birth of Ernst Bormann, German WWI fighter ace, Instructor and WWII high ranking officer -

1900 - Birth of James Herman Banning, American aviation pioneer, America's 1st black aviator to fly coast-to-coast.

1907 - French Léon Delagrange Flew a Voisin at Issy les Moulineaux over 100 m (1600ft) but damaged the aircraft on landing.

1910 - The Willows No. 3 'City of Cardiff', british airship with Ernest Thompson Willows at controls, flying from Wormwood Scrubs to france is the 1st airship to cross the English Channel at night and the 1st from England to France. Landing on Douai due to envelop problems. It will be repaired and continued his flight to Paris in the next months.

1911 - Calbraith Perry Rodgers lands his Burgess-Wright Model EX 'Vin Fiz Flyer' at Tournament Park in Pasadena, California, completing the 1st U.S. coast to coast airplane flight. -

1915 - Lt. Commander. H. C. Mustin made the 1st catapult launch from a moving ship (USS North Carolina / ACR-12) on a Curtiss AB-2. -

1917 - Birth of Masa-ichi Kondo, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War and WWII fighter ace. -

1917 - Birth of Jacqueline Auriol (Born Jacqueline Marie-Thérèse Suzanne Douet) , French aviatrix who set several world speed records.

1918 - Death of Arthur John Palliser, Australian WWI flying ace, killed in action in his Sopwith Snipe. -

1918 - 1st flight of the SPAD S-XXIV, French single seat biplane fighter prototype.

1921 - Bert Acosta flying the Curtiss-Navy racer R-1 wins the Pulitzer Race at Omaha, Nebraska, with a world record speed of 176.7 mph (284.36 km/h). -

1931 - 1st flight of the Boeing Y1B-9 (model 214), Evolution of the Model 215/YB-9, american all-metal monoplane bomber aircraft.

1934 - 1st flight of the SSSR-V6 OSOAVIAKhIM, Soviet semi-rigid airship, designed by the Italian engineer and airship designer Umberto Nobile.

1934 - Death of Horace Meek Hickam, American aviator and pioneer airpower advocate, killed in the crash of his Curtiss A-12 Shrike while practicing night landings on an unlighted strip.

1937 - 1st flight of The Renard R-36, Belgian all-metal fighter prototype single seat aircraft.

1938 - 3 Vickers Wellesleys under command of S/L R. Kellett takes off from ismailia, Egypt to Darwin, Australia for new world distance record on a non-stop flight.

1947 - 1st flight of the Scottish Aviation Pioneer, British 5 seat high wing STOL aircraft.

1948 - Birth of Robert Joseph Cenker, American engineer and aerospace systems consultant who flew aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-61-C as Payload Specialist for RCA.

1954 - 1st conversion to horizontal flight of The Convair XFY Pogo, American experimental vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, tailsitter with delta wings and three-bladed contra-rotating propellers powered by a turboprop engine. It was intended to be a high-performance fighter aircraft capable of operating from small warships.

1956 - Operation Musketeer: key points in the Canal Zone are seized by Anglo-French airborne forces as a preliminary to a major seaborne assault with the aim of gaining control of the Suez Canal.

1959 - 1st flight of the Fouga CM-171 'Makalu', Franch twin seat twin engiend jet trainer prototype, reengined version with an enlarged airframe of the CM-170 Fouga Magister.

1961 - Birth of Charles Owen "Scorch" Hobaugh, USCM pilot and NASA astronaut.

1961 - Birth of Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter, US navy test pilot and NASA astronaut.

1962 - Birth of Benjamin Alvin Drew, USAF test pilot and NASA astronaut.

1964 - 1st flight of The Hughes XV-9 (Hughes Model 385), American high-speed research helicopter

1964 - Launch of Mariner 3, NASA spacecraft designed to carry out flybys of Mars, but the shroud encasing the spacecraft atop its rocket failed to open properly, and Mariner 3 did not get to Mars. Unable to collect the Sun's energy for power from its solar panels, the probe soon died when its batteries ran out and is now in solar orbit.

1967 - Launch of ATS-3, American communications technology satellite. Operating from 1967 to 2011 is has been at one time reputed to be the oldest active satellite in existence. -

1967 - Death of Carl Brown Squier, WWI aviation pioneer and vice president of Lockheed Corporation.

1969 - Death of Carl Wilhelm Brunolf Baade, German engineer and aircraft designer who designed the 1st German jet passenger airliner.

1978 - Death of Marie Charles Maurice Lecoq De Kerland, French WWI flying ace -

1980 - Death of Sydney Leo George "Poppy" Pope, Irish WWI flying ace and WWII high ranking officer -

1981 - 1st flight of The full scaled McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) AV-8B Harrier II, second-generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) ground-attack aircraft, Anglo-American development of the British Hawker Siddeley Harrier and final member of the Harrier family.

1995 - STS-73, Space Shuttle Columbia mission, 2nd mission for the United States Microgravity Laboratory, is back on earth.

2007 – China's 1st lunar satellite, Chang'e 1, goes into orbit around the Moon.

2009 - Death of William Ecker, US navy pilot, most famous for having led the 1st low-level reconnaissance flight over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

2010 - Jahangir Siddiqui Air Beechcraft 1900C-1, having problems with an engine, crashed near Karachi, Pakistan, killing all 21 aboard