On This Day in Aviation History

December 9, 2010

On This Day in Aviation History: December 9th

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A Trans-Canada Canadair North Star, a Canadian version of the DC-4, similar to the one that crashed as Flight 810 in 1956. Canada. Sorry, I just wanted to say it for a fourth time.

A Trans-Canada Canadair North Star, a Canadian version of the DC-4, similar to the one that crashed as Flight 810 in 1956. Canada. Sorry, I just wanted to say "Canada" it for a fourth (now fifth) time.

2004 – United Airlines begins flights to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam from San Francisco via Honk Kong. This was the first flight since Pan Am ended service in 1975.

2002 – United Airlines files for Chapter 11, making it the largest airline bankruptcy in history after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.

1983 – Delta receives the 1,000th Boeing 737 made, a 737-232Adv registered N306DL..

1970 – Artem Mikoyan, the designer of many MiG aircraft, dies at the age of 65.

1956- Trans-Canada Air Flight 810, a Canadair North Star registered CF-TFD, crashes into Mount Slesse in British Columbia, killing all 62 people on-board. It is suspected to have crashed due to icing and turbulence, hitting the summit at high speeds, completely destroying the aircraft. Because the area is so inhospitable, the wreckage and most of the bodies we left at the crash site.

1946 – The first powered flight by the Bell X-1 took place.

1909 – American Dr. Henry W. Walden makes the first flight of a monoplane, taking off from Mineola, NY.

1904 – The Wright brothers end trial-runs with Flyer II after conducting 105 tests and 80 brief flights since they began flying the new machine.

I did a search for “North Star” videos trying to get the Canadair plane, but all I got was this hockey fight with the Minnesota North Stars getting whooped.