On This Day in Aviation History
On This Day in Aviation History: January 11th
1995 - Shortly after takeoff from Bogota, an Intercontinental de Aviacion DC-9-14 (reg HK-3839X) crashes into jungle near Cartagena, Colombia following an altimeter failure at night. The sole survivor of the 52 souls on board: a 9-year-old girl. The plane had been originally delivered to Eastern Air Lines and was flown later by Continental Airlines (reg N8901E).
1992 - The FAA for the first time approves a helicopter pilot rating based solely on flight simulator experience.
1990 - Bell Helicopter wins $123 million development contract from the Pentagon for the V-22 Osprey.
1978 - The American Jet Industries (later known as Gulfstream American) Hustler 400 makes its first flight. The five seat aircraft is powered by a nose-mounted turboprop, along with a jet engine in the tail for extra thrust as needed. The program would be canceled in 1981 with only the prototype having been built.
1944 - 570 USAAF bombers strike the German cities of Brunswick, Halberstadt, and Oschersleben in one of the largest air raids to date.
1935 - Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland in 18 hours, becoming the first solo flyer to complete the route.
1902 - Inspiration for many an aviator and planespotter, Popular Mechanics magazine is published for the first time.