On This Day in Aviation History

September 23, 2010

On This Day in Aviation History: September 23rd

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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1999 – Qantas Flight 1, a 747-400 registered VH-OJH, overruns a runway in Bangkok during a storm.

1999 – NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter after it descended to a low altitude in Mars’ orbit and was destroyed by atmospheric stresses.

1913 – French pilot Roland Garros completes the first flight across the Mediterranean Sea. Loaded with 8 hours worth of fuel, he lands in Tunisia 7 hours and 53 minutes after takeoff.

1911 – Earle Ovington is sworn in as the nation’s first air mail pilot, and subsequently flies his Blériot XI with a sack of mail between his legs from Garden City, NY to Mineola, three miles away. The mailbag bursts on impact after a 500 foot drop, scattering 640 letters and 1,280 postcards. Ovington, a native of Newton, Mass. had been an engineering assistant to Thomas Edison before learning to fly at the Blériot school in France. Today, Earle Ovington Boulevard in Uniondale runs along the side of Mitchel Field, connecting Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and Hempstead Turnpike.

1910 – Georges Chavez, of Peru, completes the first flight over the Alps.

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Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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