On this Day in Aviation History — January 11

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1996: Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-72, the ship’s 10th flight and the 74th shuttle mission overall.

1996: Space Shuttle Endeavour

1996: Space Shuttle Endeavour


1990: The 3-engined MD11 airliner is rolled out at the McDonnell Douglas Long Beach factory.

MD11 airliner


1978: The American Jet Industries’ Hustler executive transport makes its first flight.

American Jet Industries Hustler


1944: Aircraft from USS Block Island make first aircraft rocket attack on German submarine

USS Block Island


1944: 570 USAAF  B-17 Flying Fortress bombers strike the German cities of Brunswick, Halberstadt, and Oschersleben in one of the largest air raids to date.


1935: Flying in her plane Ol’ Bessie, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman pilot to fly solo between Hawaii and the United States. She takes off from Wheeler Field, Oahu, Honolulu, to fly her Lockheed Vega across the eastern Pacific to Oakland, California. Earhart lands after 18 hours 15 minutes.

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