On This Day in Aviation History NOVEMBER 17th

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1850 - Birth of Friedrich Hermann Wölfert, German publisher and aviation pioneer.

1877 - Birth of Frank Purdy Lahm, American aviation pioneer, 1st US military aviator.

1885 - Birth of François Louis Gaudart, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer.

1886 - Birth of Herbert Arthur "Bert" Dargue, american pioneer military aviator

1891 - Birth of Arthur William 'Spud' Murphy, Australian engineer and aviator in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), raid pilot, WWI pilot and WWII high ranking officer.

1891 - Birth of Giorgio Pessi (alias Giuliano Parvis), Italian (Austro-Hungarian born) WWI flying ace. -

1895 - Birth of Joseph Stewart Temple Fall, Canadian WWI flying ace. -

1898 - Birth of Rudolf Rienau, German WWI flying ace and Post War instructor.

1910 - Death of Ralph Johnstone, American pioneering early aviator, 1st American pilot killed in the crash of an airplane and 1st of the Wright team to die, failing to recover from a dive in Denver.

1914 - A Royal Flying Corps (RFC) detachment, drawn from officers of the Indian Central Flying School, and equipped with 3 Maurice Farman aircraft, arrives in Alexandria from UK to support Indian Army units guarding the Suez Canal.

1914 - Birth of Erich "Schmidtchen" Schmidt, German WWII fighter ace. -

1915 - German Zeppelin LZ52 (L18) accidentally burns at Tondem.

1916 - Death of Sidney Edward Cowan, Irish WWI flying ace, killed in the crash of his D.H.2 following a mid-air collision with another British aircraft. -

1926 - Mario de Bernardi breaks his 4-day old world speed record, reaching 416.618 km/h (258.875 mph) over a circuit of 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in the same Macchi M.39 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA.

1927 - Alan Cobham sets out from Rochester, England, in a Short Singapore to make an aerial survey of Africa.

1934 - Fred C. Nelson wins the Mitchell Trophy Race in a Boeing P-26A "Peashooter" at an average speed of 216.832 mph at Selfridge Field, Michigan.

1937 - 1st flight of The VEF Irbitis I-14, Latvian single seat fighter trainer prototype.

1940 - 12 Hawker Hurricane fighters and 2 Blackburn Skua dive bombers prompted a premature take-off from HMS Argus to reinforce Malta due to the presence of the Italian Fleet during operation White. Combined with bad weather only 5 of them reached Malta.

1941 - Death of Ernst Udet, WWI german flying Ace, Aerobatic pilot and test pilot. -

1943 - 1st flight of The General Motors P-75 Eagle (Fisher P-75), American fighter aircraft that used the most powerful liquid-cooled engine then available, the Allison V-3420 driving co-axial contra-rotating propellers, and components from existing aircraft.

1944 - Birth of John-David Francis Bartoe, American astrophysicist and NASA Astronaut.

1947 - 1st flight of the SNCAN Nord 1700 'Norélic', French experimental twin seat helicopter.

1947 - 1st flight of The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, American military transport aircraft developed from the Fairchild C-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute.

1952 - 1st flight of The Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard, French six-seat utility high-wing single engine monoplane. -

1955 - USAF Douglas MC-54M carrying scientific and technical personnel from the Lockheed "Skunk Works" in Burbank to the secret Area 51, where they were working on the U-2 plane is blown off course by a severe storm front and while lost in the clouds, an error in the assumed position of the aircraft in relation to the Spring Mountain range resulted in the crash a mere 50 feet below the crest of an 11,300-foot ridge leading to the peak of Mount Charleston, killing all 14.

1955 - Peninsular Air Transport Douglas C-54-DO Crashed in a residential area following takeoff from Seattle-Boeing Field, killing 28 over 74

1956 - 1st flight of The Dassault Mirage III, French supersonic fighter aircraft. -

1957 – Vickers 802 Viscount G-AOHP of British European Airways crashes at Ballerup after the failure of three engines on approach to Copenhagen Airport. The cause is a malfunction of the anti-icing system on the aircraft.

1958 - 1st flight of the SNCAN Nord 2504 'Noratlas', Re-engined version prototype of the french military transport aircraft intended for antisubmarine warfare training role

1958 - Death of George Benson Anderson, Canadian WWI flying ace

1966 - Death of James "Jabby" Jabara, American WWII and Korean War fighter ace, 1st American jet ace in history. -

1970 – Soviet Lunar probe Lunokhod 1, 1st of two soviet unmanned lunar rovers, lands on the moon.

1975 - Launch of Soyuz 20, Soviet long-duration unmanned spacecraft test to check improved on-board systems of the spacecraft under various flight conditions.

1985 - Death of Chow Ting-Fong, Chinese Sino-Japanese War flying ace.

1986 - 1st flight of The Mil Mi-34 'Hermit', Soviet 2-4 seats light utility and traing helicopter.

1997 - ValuJet Airlines, American low-cost carrier, cease operations.

2006 - Linda Mary Corbould becomes the 1st woman to command a RAAF flying squadron.

2011 - Shenzhou 8, Chinese unmanned spacecraft which docked with the Tiangong 1 space module, is back on earth.

2013 - Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 Boeing 737-53A crashed on landing while making its second approach in High winds and cloudy conditions at Kazan International Airport, killing all 50