On this Day in Aviation History: October 19

On this Day in Aviation History: October 19

1987:   In retaliation for Iranian attacks on ships in the Persian Gulf, the U. S. navy disables three of Iran’s offshore oil platforms during Operation Nimble Archer.

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Air cover was provided by USS William H. Standley (CG-32), two F-14 Tomcat fighters and an E-2 Hawkeye from USS Ranger (CV-61)

 

1968:  USAF test pilot Major William “Pete” Knight wins the “Harmon International Aviator’s Trophy” for “exceptional individual piloting performance.”

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He had more than his share of eventful flights in the X-15. While climbing through 107,000 feet at Mach 4.17 on June 29, 1967, he suffered a total electrical failure and all onboard systems shut down. After arching over at 173,000 feet, he calmly set up a visual approach and, resorting to old-fashioned “seat-of-the-pants” flying, he glided down to a safe emergency landing at Mud Lake, Nevada. For his remarkable feat of airmanship that day, he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

1954: Metal fatigue is blamed for the crash of the BOAC Comet 1

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1942:   The Japanese submarine I-36 launches a floatplane for a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor. The pilot and crew report on the ships in the harbor, after which the aircraft is lost at sea.

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1901: Aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont launches his airship in a second attempt attempt to win the 50,000 Franc Deutsch de la Meurthe Prize.

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1783 was a watershed year for hot-air ballooning. The Montgolfier Brotherss launched the first manned flight, a tethered balloon with humans on board, at the Folie Titon in Paris.

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