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Today in Aviation History — September 8.

Today in Aviation History — September 8.

As part of MAN’s continuing tour of aviation history, this post shows just some of the many notable happenings on this day September 8. You’ll be surprized.

2005 – Two Russian EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock, Arkansas. This marks the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.

1997 – The Boeing 777-300 is rolled out for the first time. It held the title as the “longest airliner ever built” for four years, until the Airbus A340-600 takes flight in 2001.

1967 – NASA launches the lunar lander Surveyor 5. Eventually it shoots and transmits 19,049 photographs back to Earth.


1944 – The first German V-2 rockets explode in London and Antwerp.

1856 –The first Canadians to fly are A.E. Kierzkowski and A.X. Rambau who fly in Eugene Godard’s balloon.

Updated: September 8, 2011 — 10:58 AM

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