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November 2018 Flight Bites

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Angry Turnip:
Another new month already...

1st Nov 1918...French fighter pilot René Fonck scores his 75th and final victory.He ends the war as the highest-scoring Allied ace of World War I.He was one of the most decorated French war heroes.

1st Nov 1939...The first jet-powered plane,the Heinkel He 178,is demonstrated to officials of the Reich Air Ministry for their consideration as a warplane.The Nazi bigwigs pass on the design.

1st Nov 1940...The Avro 679 Manchester,twin-engine medium bomber entered RAF service in November 1940,barely twelve months following the outbreak of WWII.It was regarded as an operational failure. 

1st Nov 1944...Japanese kamikazes attack the United States Seventh Fleet in Leyte Gulf,sinking one and damaging five destroyers.

1st Nov 1944...A Boeing F-13 Superfortress photographic reconnaissance aircraft conducts a mission over Tokyo.It is the first allied aircraft to fly over Tokyo since the April 1942 Doolittle Raid.

1st Nov 1950...Lt Khominich S.Fedorovich shoots down a F-80 Shooting Star from his MiG-15,the first aerial victory by a jet over another jet.

1st Nov 1956...Aircraft from HMS`s Eagle,Albion,Bulwark conduct airstrikes against Egyptian airbases,destroying 200 aircraft by nightfall and knocking the Egyptian Air Force out of action.

1st Nov 1968...President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration suspends all American bombing of North Vietnam;Operation Rolling Thunder is suspended.

1st Nov 1980...British Airways terminates Concorde services to Bahrain and Singapore.A dispute with India prevented supersonic speeds in Indian airspace,the route was declared not viable.

1st Nov 1984...British Airways and some other international airlines begin relief flights carrying food and supplies to Ethiopia.

1st Nov 1984...American Eagle Airlines began operations.Known as Envoy Air Inc.from 2014,began as a collection of regional carriers with contracts to carry the American Eagle brand name.

1st Nov 1989...Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) bans smoking on many flights.

1st Nov 1992...Landing: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-52 at 9:05:53 am EST, Runway 33, Kennedy Space Center. Fla.

1st Nov 1993...Landing: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-58 at 10:05.42 am EST, Runway 22, Edwards AFB, Calif. It would be Columbia‘s final landing at Edwards.

1st Nov 2007...Paul Tibbets,US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 “Enola Gay” over Hiroshima,dies at the age of 92.

1st Nov 2011...LOT Polish Airlines Flight 016,a Boeing 767-300ER,makes a successful belly landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw,after its landing gear fails to extend.231 people are unharmed.

Angry Turnip:
2nd Nov 1923....Flying a Curtiss R2 C-1,U.S.Navy Lieutenant H.J.Rowe sets a new world airspeed record of 259.16 mph.It was a racing single-seater biplane with a monocoque fuselage.

2nd Nov 1943....First flight of the Grumman F7F Tigercat,a USN/USMC heavy fighter.It saw action as a night fighter and attack aircraft during the Korean War.364 were built by production end in 1946.

2nd Nov 1947....With Howard Hughes as pilot,the Hughes H-4 Hercules,known as the “Spruce Goose, ” makes its first and only flight,traveling at 135mph for about a mile at an altitude of 70 feet.

2nd Nov 1954....The VTOL Convair XFY transitions from vertical to horizontal flight and back.The Convair XFY Pogo tail-sitter was an experiment in vertical takeoff and landing.

2nd Nov 1956....Aerial reconnaissance reveals the destruction of the Egyptian Air Force,the British invasion force commander,orders British and French aircraft to begin a wide-ranging interdiction campaign

2nd Nov 1992....First flight of the Airbus A330,a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner.Air Inter was the launch customer in 1994.Over 1400 have been built in various specs.

2nd Nov 2012....Space Shuttle Atlantis is towed from the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,Florida,to an exhibition hall at Cape Canaveral's main tourist stop to be put on                          display. It is the final act of the Space Shuttle Program

Angry Turnip:
3rd Nov 1909....Alec Ogilvie patents the first airspeed indicator.The ASI measures the pressure differential between static pressure from the static port,and total pressure from the pitot tube.                                                      This difference in pressure is registered with the ASI pointer on the face of the instrument.The airspeed of an aircraft shown in miles per hour (MPH), knots, or both.

3rd Nov 1915....Flt Sub-Lt Fowler makes the first take-off of an aircraft with a wheeled undercarriage from a ship,when he flies a Bristol Scout C from HMS Vindex.

3rd Nov 1926....Captain Charles Lindbergh jumped from his disabled airplane during a night airmail flight,making this the fourth time he has had to use his parachute to save his life.

3rd Nov 1926....First flight of the Boeing F2B,a biplane fighter of the USN.It was used by the Three Sea Hawks aerobatic flying team,famous for its tied-together formation flying.33 were built.

3rd Nov 1936....New Soviet Polikarpov I-15 and I-16 fighters fly their first missions of the Spanish Civil War,supporting Republican forces,allowing them to gain air superiority over Nationalists.

3rd Nov 1944....The first Japanese Fu-Go balloon bombs are launched against the US.Balloons were launched in the winter to take advantage of the more favourable winter jet stream.

3rd Nov 1945....The prototype Boeing 314,flying boat named the Honolulu Clipper,makes an emergency landing in the Pacific 650 miles east of Oahu due to double engine failure.

3rd Nov 1952....First flight of the Saab 32 Lansen,a two-seat,transonic military aircraft.Three principal variants of the Lansen were built for attack (A 32A),fighter (J 32B),and reconn (S 32C).

3rd Nov 1973....NASA launches Mariner 10,a robotic space probe intended to fly past Venus and Mercury,reaching both planets the following February and March respectively.It`s still up there.

3rd Nov 1994....Launch:Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-66 at 11:59:43.060 am EDT.Mission highlights:ATLAS-3 science platform.The crew of six was lead by Donald R. McMonagle.

3rd Nov 2000....Last flight of an EC-135E Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft,60-374 – nicknamed “The Bird of Prey” is delivered the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

3rd Nov 2003....British Airways Concorde G-BOAG leaves London Heathrow at 1500Z as BA9093C for the final time.It would fly on to Seattle Boeing Field,and retire to the Museum of Flight.

3rd Nov 2009....UM-239, a Xian MA60 operated by Air Zimbabwe, hits five warthogs on take-off from Harare International Airport. The take-off is rejected but the undercarriage collapses.

Angry Turnip:
4th Nov 1884....Harry Ferguson,irish aviator and inventor and the first person to fly in Ireland.After delays the Ferguson monoplane finally took off from Hillsborough on 31 December 1909.

4th Nov 1909....John Moore-Brabazon makes the first live cargo flight by airplane,when he puts a small pig in a waste-paper basket tied to a wing-strut of his airplane.Ryaniar`s business model?

4th Nov 1923....Flying a Curtiss R2C-1,a racing biplane,USN Lieutenant Alford J.Williams,Jr.sets a new world airspeed record of 266.59 miles per hour.

4th Nov 1924....First flight of the Canadian Vickers Vedette,the first aircraft in Canada designed and built to meet a specification for Canadian conditions.It was a single-engine biplane flying boat.

4th Nov 1927....Flying a Macchi M.52 seaplane,Mario de Bernardi sets a new world airspeed record of 297.8 mph mph near Venice.

4th Nov 1932....First flight of the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing,a biplane with an atypical negative wing stagger,the lower wing is farther forward than the upper wing.

4th Nov 1942....First flight of the Latécoère 631 a civil transatlantic flying boat powered by 6 radial engines.The type was not a success, being unreliable and uneconomic to operate.

4th Nov 1953....The Douglas DC-7 begins service with American Airlines,allowing the company to offer coast-to-coast,nonstop service.

4th Nov 1962....The USAF detonates a nuclear-tipped Nike-Hercules ground-to-air missile,69,000 feet over Johnston Island.It would be the last atmospheric nuclear test ever performed by the U. S.

4th Nov 1966....First ever automatic blind landing by a passenger aircraft when a British European Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident landed in dense fog.

4th Nov 1968....First flight of the Aero L-39 Albatros,a high-performance military trainer.It was the first trainer aircraft to be equipped with turbofan power,and was exported to several countries.

4th Nov 1977...The first production aircraft of the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet,a light attack jet and advanced jet trainer,makes it`s first flight.480were built,with many still in service.

4th Nov 1981....NASA aborted the second flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia,just 31 seconds before the launch due to a computer mis-match.Commodore VIC-20 vs Sinclair ZX-81 ? lol

4th Nov 1982....Pan Am inaugurates service from Los Angeles to Sydney,at 7,487 non-stop miles (11,979 km),it is the longest non-stop flight in the world.

4th Nov 1993....First loss of a Boeing 747-400.China Airlines Flight 605, a Boeing 747-409, overruns Kai Tak Airport runway 13 while landing during a typhoon.No serious injuries are reported.

4th Nov 2010.... Qantas Airbus A380 VH-OQA,suffered a substantial mechanical failure of its left inboard engine after taking off from Singapore Changi Airport.The flight turned back and landed safely.


--- Quote from: Angry Turnip on November 04, 2018, 07:54:50 PM ---4th Nov 1942....First flight of the Latécoère 631 a civil transatlantic flying boat powered by 6 radial engines.The type was not a success, being unreliable and uneconomic to operate.

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Uneconomic but utterly stunning...

Only 10 were built and they were withdrawn after the disappearance at sea of F-BDRC in August 1948.


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