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On This Day in Aviation History JUNE 24 th
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1784 - Edward Warren, a boy of 13, makes the 1st, tethered, balloon ascent in the U.S. in Baltimore, Maryland; he volunteers when the craft proves too weak to lift its builder, Peter Carnes.

1867 - Roberto Adolfo Chodasiewicz, Polish born argentinian military engineer, demonstrate the operation of balloons, with James Allen on The 1st aerostatic flight in south america.

1891 - Birth of George Hood, New Zealander WWI pilot and raid pilot.

1892 - Birth of Thomas Laurence Purdom, Scottish WWI flying ace

1893 - Birth of Michele Allasia, Italian WWI flying ace

1897 - Birth of Bogart Rogers, American WWI flying ace, Movie producer and writer (Among his screenplays was The Eagle and the Hawk - 1933).

1897 - Birth of Robert Miles Todd, American WWI flying ace.

1901 - Birth of Park Kyung-won, one of the earliest Korean female aviators.

1901 - Birth of Juan Antonio Ansaldo Vejarano,  Spanish aviator and monarchist activist and conspirator.

1908 - 1st flight of the Lebaudy République, French semi-rigid airship.

1910 - 1st flight of The Roe III Triplane, early British aircraft, similar to the Roe II Triplane, with a triplane tailplane and an open-top fuselage of triangular cross-section, two-seater version, it featured ailerons for the 1st time in a Roe design.

1910 - John Alexander Douglas McCurdy crashed attempting a flight in the Canadian Aerodrome Company's Baddeck No. 2 biplane at Lakeside, Quebec.

1916 - Death of Victor S. Chapman, French-American WWI pilot, killed in his Nieuport 16.  1st US airman to be killed in action.

1916 - Argentinian Angel María Zuloaga crosses the Andes with the balloon 'Newbery Eduardo' from Santiago du Chili to Uspallata.

1917 - Death of Carlo Maria Piazza, early italian aviator.

1918 - 1st air mail in Canada is flown from Montreal to Toronto with a Curtiss JN-4.

1922 - Death of Fernand Bonneton, French WWI flying ace and balloon buster, Killed in a flying accident.

1924 – In Macau, Portuguese Commander António Jacinto Brito da Silva Paes and Captain José Manuel Sarmento de Beires give up on their eastbound attempt to circumnavigate the world in the de Havilland DH.9A 'Patria II' after covering 11,000 miles (17,713 km) from Lisbon.

1925 - 1st capture of a "rummie" (Rum Runner) with aviation support (a US Coast Guard Vought UO-1 Biplane).

1927 - 1st flight of The Polikarpov Po-2 (also U-2), general-purpose Soviet biplane, reliable, uncomplicated as well as a low-cost ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, psychological warfare and liaison aircraft during war, proving to be one of the most versatile light combat types to be built in USSR. It is the second most produced aircraft, and the most produced biplane, in the history of aviation.

1930 - Dr. Albert Holt Taylor and Leo Young of the Aircraft Research Laboratory, near Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., succeed in tracing the position of airplanes in flight using wireless detection equipment.

1934 - Death of James "Jimmy" Robert Wedell, American racing pilot, record setter and aircraft designer, killed in an accident while piloting a Gypsy Moth on a flying lesson.

1935 - A Ford Trimotor of Servicio Aéreo Colombiano (SACO) crashed with another Ford Trimotor of Sociedad Colombo Alemana de Transporte Aéreo (SCADTA) in Medellín, Colombia. Fifteen people were killed including the world's most famous tango singer Carlos Gardel.

1939 - 1st direct transatlantic seaplane service is begun by Pan American Airways with  long-range Boeing 314 flying boats. It flies from New York to Southampton, England, by way of Botwood, Newfoundland, and Foynes, Ireland.

1940 - 1st flight of the SNCAO CAO-700, French 4 engine 5 seat cantilever monoplane, Heavy bomber prototype.

1943 - William Randolph "Randy" Lovelace II bailed out of an aircraft flying at 40,200 feet as an experiment in escape and use of parachute at high-altitude. After the parachute opened he was knocked unconscious, and he suffered frostbite when his gloves were ripped off.

1944 - Death of Tomezo Yamamoto, Japanese WWII flying ace, killed in action

1944 - Luftwaffe makes its 1st operational use of "Mistel" composite aircraft, against Allied shipping in Seine Bay.

1944 - Death of David Ernest Hornell, Canadian WWII pilot, after spending hours in cold water near the Faroes in the North Atlantic, His Consolidated Canso being shot down despite having sunk German U-boat U-1225.

1946 - Birth of Ellison Shoji Onizuka, Japanese-American astronaut and USAF test pilot, 1st Asian American to reach space.

1947 - 1st flight of the Aircraft 160 strelka(Arrow) a.k.a. La-160, soviet swept winged jet fighter research prototype, designed and manufactured by the Lavochkin Design Bureau.

1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the 1st widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

1948 - Beginning of the Berlin Blockade.

1950 - Death of Charles Lanier Lawrance, American aeronautical engineer and an early proponent of air-cooled aircraft engines.

1950 - Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 Douglas DC-4 operating its daily transcontinental service between New York City and Seattle disappeared over Lake Michigan, 18 miles (29 km) NNW of Benton Harbor, Michigan, with 58 people on Board. Considerable light debris, upholstery, and human body fragments were found floating on the surface, but divers were unable to locate the plane's wreckage.

1953 - Death of  Günther Freiherr von Maltzahn, German WWII Luftwaffe Fighter ace.

1955 - Death of William Earle "Moley" Molesworth, Irish WWI fighter ace

1956 - 1st flight of The Sukhoi Su-9 'Fishpot', Soviet single-engine, all-weather, missile-armed interceptor jet aircraft .

1956 - BOAC Canadair C-4 Argonaut 'Argo' crashed into a tree on departure from Kano Airport in Nigeria, due to a "microburst", 3 crew and 29 passengers were killed

1960 - 1st flight of The Hawker Siddeley HS 748 (Avro 748), British medium-sized turboprop airliner originally designed by the British firm Avro.

1961 - 1st flight of the Mil V-8, Soviet medium Single engine transport helicopter prototype which will lead to the development of the Mil Mi-8.

1964 - 1st flight of the SA.3164 Alouette III, stepped windshield, nose-mounted 20mm canon and external missile points version of the french single-engine, light utility helicopter.

1966 - Launch of PAGEOS (PAssive Geodetic Earth Orbiting Satellite), NASA balloon satellite used for the Weltnetz der Satellitentriangulation (Worldwide Satellite Triangulation Network).

1969 - Death of Willy Ley, German-American science writer and space advocate who helped popularize rocketry and spaceflight in both Germany and the United States.

1971 - Death of Kurt Küppers, German WWI flying ace

1972 - Death of Charles Gray Catto, American WWI flying ace.

1975 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 Boeing 727 encounters wind shear on final approach and strikes approach lights, crashing at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people die.

1980 - 1st flight of the Microturbo Microjet 200, french two-seat lightweight jet trainer.

1982 - Launch of Soyuz T-6, Soviet manned spaceflight to Earth orbit to the Salyut 7 space station, with Jean-Loup Chrétien on board, 1st Frenchman in space.

1982 - British Airways Flight 9 a Boeing 747-200 lost all four engines after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash near Jakarta, after many attempts at restarting the engines, all four returned allowing the plane to land safely back at Jakarta.

1983 - STS-7, NASA Space Shuttle Challenger mission, 1st American spaceflight involving a female astronaut (Sally Ride), is back on earth.

1985 – STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery completes its mission, best remembered for having Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the 1st Arab and 1st Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist.

1987 - 1st flight of The Grob/E-Systems/AlliedSignal Egrett, International partnership developped surveillance aircraft to fill a joint Luftwaffe-USAF requirement for a high-altitude, long-duration surveillance platform for treaty verification and environmental monitoring, Single turboprop conventional mid-wing monoplane with extremely high aspect ratio wings.

1990 - 1st flight of the Shenyang J-8ACT,  fly-by-wire testbed of the high-speed, high-altitude Chinese-built single-seat interceptor fighter aircraft.

1994 - Ron Bower takes off from Hurst, Texas with a Bell 206B-3 for a new world record  around the world flight.

1994 - USAF B-52H, AF Serial No. 61-0026 crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, during practice for an airshow. All four crew members died in the accident

1999 - 1st flight of The Eurocopter EC130 B4, single engine light helicopter developed from the AS350 Ecureuil airframe.