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On this day in Aviation History – November 23

On this day in Aviation History – November 23

2009:     First Pakistan made JF-17 Thunder handed over to thr Pakistan Air Force. The JF-17 Thunder is a state-of-the-art multi role aircraft produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra.


1996:     Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961, a 767-300 registered ET-AIZ, crashed after running out of fuel in the Comoro Islands in Africa after a failed hijacking.


1989:     An Airbus A310-300 opens Air France’s new direct Lyon/New York service.


1947:     The Convair XC-99 (serial no. 43-52436) makes its first flight, piloted by Russell R. Rogers.


1942:     Dubbed “Flying Flapjack,” the most radical internal-combustion-engine-powered aircraft ever built makes its first flight. Chance Vought test pilot, Boone T. Guyton, takes the V-173 into the air.


1910:     Octave Chanute died aged 78. A French-born American railway engineer and aviation pioneer, Octave  provided the Wright brothers with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. At his death he was hailed as the father of aviation and the heavier-than-air flying machine having played an important role in the advancement of aviation.

Updated: November 23, 2011 — November 23, 2011

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