On This Day in Aviation History

December 3, 2010

On This Day in Aviation History: December 3rd

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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These are the remains of Northwest Flight 1482, which collided with a departing 727 in Detroit in 1990.

These are the remains of Northwest Flight 1482, which collided with a departing 727 in Detroit in 1990.

2005 – XCOR Aerospace makes the first ever manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California. The mail recipient later gave the E-Bay seller feedback of “OMG LIGHTNING FASS SHIPMENT!! AAAA+++++”.

1999 – NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.

1990 – Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 (a DC-9 registered N3313L) collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 (a 727-200 registered N287US) on a runway in Detroit, killing 8 people about Flight 1482. The DC-9 made two wrong turns, putting them on a runway that the 727 was using to depart. The DC-9 was destroyed completely by fire, and the 727 was able to stop safely and only experienced wingtip damage.

1973Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter. these photos would later be rejected on Airliners.net for “baddistance”.

1945 – A de Havilland Mk5 Sea Vampire becomes the first jet aircraft to take off and land from an aircraft carrier, HMS Ocean. It was flown by Lieutenant-Commander E. M. “Winkle” Brown

With that, here is a clip of Sea Vampires making gear-up carrier landings…on purpose. The old idea was to have a  cable snag the plane, and a rubber carrier catch the plane.  Yes, a rubber carrier deck!

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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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