On This Day in Aviation History
This Day in Aviation History: November 3rd
1957 – Russia launches Sputnik 2, an orbiter that would deliver the first animal into a space, a female terrier named Laika. The 3-year-old dog was sent to determine if a living creature could withstand launch and weightlessness, but she ultimately died a few hours after launch due to overheating. Regardless, she proved that oxygen-craving creatures could enter space, and Laika was considered a hero.
1926 – Charles Lindbergh jumps from his disabled airplane during an airmail flight, making this the fourth time he had to use his parachute to save his life.
1897 – The first all-metal rigid airship is tested in Germany. Using wafer-thin aluminum, a major innovation, it crashes soon after taking off, proving to not be microwave safe.