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September 27, 2009

On This Day in Aviation History: September 27th

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By: Phil Derner Jr.
Captain Milburn "Mel" Apt inthe cockpit of the Bell X-2

Captain Milburn "Mel" Apt inthe cockpit of the Bell X-2

1956 – USAF Captain Milburn G. Apt becomes the first man to exceed Mach 3 while flying the Bell X-2. Shortly thereafter, the craft goes out of control and Captain Apt is killed. From a dive at high altitude, the aircraft reached Mach 3.2 as he passed through 65,000ft. While making a series of turns to slow down, he lost control of the aircraft and was killed when his escape capsule hit the ground, with the X-crashing five miles away.

1992 – Military transport plane crashes in Lagos, Nigeria killing 163.

1913 – Katherine Stinson becomes the 1st woman in the United States to make an official airmail flight.

1910 – First test flight of a twin-engined aircraft took place in France.